Providing care for a loved one with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can be worrisome, as the safety and wellbeing of him/her is of the utmost importance. Fortunately, in this day and age, there is a variety of technology that can assist caregivers in keeping their loved one safe from harm.
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), also commonly referred to as medical alert devices, can be a matter of life and death in the event of an emergency. Many of these devices detect falls, which is particularly common in persons with dementia, and dispatch emergency personnel to the home of the individual. Many systems also include other features, such as GPS tracking. Advanced PERS even utilizes motion sensors to detect movement and alert caregivers of certain activity, such as extended usage of the stove. Read more about basic and advanced medical alert systems.
Wandering is a problematic behavior, which can occur for a variety of reasons, for many persons with dementia. For caregivers, the anxiety of trying to keep a loved one safe from wandering, and potentially becoming lost, can be extremely overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a variety of technology available to help prevent a loved one from slipping away from the home and wandering. In addition, if a loved one does wander and becomes lost, there is technology available to assist in locating him/her for his/her safe return home. For more information about technology for those prone to wandering, click here.
With memory loss, confusion, and disorientation that are commonly associated with dementia, technology serves a large role in offering assistance for those who have the disease, as well as their caregivers. Memory aids, location devices for lost items, medication dispensers, voice activated prompts, and automatic stove turn-off devices all provide peace of mind for those caring for a loved one with dementia. In addition, these technological devices can also help a person with dementia to function more independently. Read more about assistive technology for persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s.