Wandering: “moving from place to place without a fixed plan”
More than 60% of the people with Alzheimer´s or another type of dementia will wander, according to the Alzheimer´s Association.
Daily life with Dimentia
According to a Dutch news article, a professor named Anne-Mei The, wrote a book about the daily life of people with dementia. She thinks that dementia needs to be handled differently and that we need to focus on the social side of dementia care. If we think about this disease we think about nursing homes. The says, we need to look not only at the patients but also at the caregivers, we need to make their life easy too.
Risks of wandering
If a person with dementia wanders, they have to be found as soon as possible because 50% of the persons can injure themselves or can even suffer death. The Alzheimer´s Association have written down some characteristics of persons with dementia that have the risk to wander. Such as, if they come back later than they come back normally from a walk or drive; when they want to come home while they are already home; when they find it hard to locate places that are familiar to them, such as the bathroom or dining room.
To assure the safety of the elders, nurses make use of wandering systems. These systems know where the patients or residents are and if they need help in case of emergency. This improves the response time. The systems can know when the patient or resident walks through the door. It can locate their exact location through a wrist band for example.
Solutions of Foston Europe
Foston contributes to the safety or the elderly by having two solutions.
The first one is a wristband with a button. When the user walks through a specific door it sends an alarm to the nurses. This solution is used by many companies, but with our software we can provide extra features to the system. We can include time frames. So depending on the hour of the day, the user, or where the alarm is placed, several actions can be taken (block doors, deliver the alarm to DECT phones, smartphones, app…).
We can also know the behaviour of the patient. Thanks to the antennas installed, we can know the routes he takes every day. Moreover, what is he doing the whole day and see if there are any changes in his behaviour. Since the wrist band is clearly for safety reasons, they feel something they don´t recognize and a lot of patients try to take it off in which they can hurt themselves.
The second solution is a real working watch which is used for people with dementia. Because this is an actual watch, the user will not know that they are being controlled, which makes them feel that they can go wherever they want.
Foston Europe can integrate both solutions with access control systems. In this way, in the user is wearing the watch and want to go through a door, than the access control system knows if they are allowed to pass through or not.