Alarms that facilitate for the patient but also for the family to feel safe and secure in their home environment can be of great importance for the ability to live at home as long as possible.
You can achieve many different support functions and provide greater security for the family with various forms of technology.
Alarm functions and technologies
- Functions telling if the patient leaves his bed at night or move around the apartment, if the front door is opened or if the stove is turned on, can facilitate a much better sleep and thus quality of life for the family carer.
- A fall alarm worn by a person with dementia connected to a small pager carried by the family carer, can bring more independence to both parties since the feeling of constantly needing to watch on the person can be removed. Combined with a sensor telling if the front or garden door is opened, the independence 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.