Alarms

Alarms installed at home or carried by the patient provides a sense of security that would allow patients and family members to go about their lives with a peace of mind and enables the patients to live at home for as long as possible.

Alarm functions and technologies

  • Alarms that are triggered if the patient leaves his bed at night or move around the apartment, if the front door is opened or if the stove is switched on, can facilitate better sleep and thus a better quality of life for the family carer.
  • A fall alarm worn by a person with dementia and which is connected to a pager carried by the family carer, can bring more independence to both parties as the caregiver is not required to observe the patient at every moment. Combined with a sensor that would detect if the front or garden door is opened, the independence of the patient is enhanced.
  • The need of constantly watching the person with dementia can be even further reduced by giving him or her a small pendant they can press if they want to come in contact with the family carer.
  • There are also automatic pendants, which can inform the family carer if the person with dementia is passing certain parts or doors of the home.
  • To facilitate the family carer’s need of getting in contact with the outside world, e.g. at an emergency, the family carer can wear a similar pendant, connected to a care phone, which automatically calls an alarm central or a mobile phone. 
  • A medication dispenser can be good tool for reminding the person with dementia to take the medicines. To further enhance the ease of mind, the medication dispenser can send an alarm to the small pager carried by the family carer.

Indoor environment

Cognitive aids

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