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Enhancing Dementia Care with Telecare Alarms

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Introduction to Alarms For Dementia

A significant number of individuals diagnosed with dementia live alone, and many others spend parts of their day alone when their caregivers or family members need to attend to errands like shopping. Living independently with dementia presents distinct challenges; however, with tailored support and technology, such as telecare, many people with dementia can effectively extend their autonomy. Telecare alarms are designed to provide peace of mind for caregivers and enhance the independence of people, including those with dementia.

Below are some key telecare alarms and devices that can be of benefit to people with dementia. All can be supplied by our sponsor TASK Community Care (TASK Connect in Northern Ireland).

Standard Pendant Alarm Buttons 

For many individuals with dementia, standard pendant alarm buttons offer a straightforward and effective solution for emergency situations. These devices are simple to use and can be an appropriate choice for those who are still capable of understanding and remembering how to operate them. Pendant alarm buttons are typically worn around the neck or wrist, providing easy access in case of an emergency. When the button is pressed, it sends an alert via the central telecare hub to a 24-hour monitoring center, where operators can assess the situation and arrange help if needed. This immediate response can be crucial in situations where the individual has fallen, is experiencing a medical emergency, or feels unsafe.

Wandering Alert Alarms

Door Exit Alerts: Door exit alarms can be used as part of a telecare system. They can alert the monitoring centre when a door is opened, especially during non-standard hours such a during the night, or times when supervision is minimal. This early notification allows for prompt intervention, ensuring that wandering incidents are quickly addressed to prevent potential harm or accidents.

GPS Devices: Although these are not telecare devices they work in a similar way, in that a button can be pressed if help is needed and they are monitored by a 24-hour monitoring centre. GPS devices can provide real-time location tracking and some also have automatic fall detection capabilities. They can be also programmed to send alerts if the individual moves beyond predefined safe zones, such as their home or neighborhood. This capability ensures that carers can quickly locate and assist the individual if they wander away, reducing the risk of becoming lost or encountering dangerous situations. You can contact TASK Community Care/TASK Connect for further details on these types of alarms.

Fall Detectors for Dementia

People with dementia have an increased risk of falls due to factors such as impaired balance, coordination, and cognitive function. Telecare fall detectors offer crucial support by connecting to the central hub of a telecare system and ensuring timely assistance.

Automatic Fall Detector Worn on the Wrist: Wrist-worn fall detectors are excellent for individuals prone to falling. Although they do not detect all types of falls, they include an integrated panic button that allows users to call for help, similar to a standard telecare button. The Vibby Oak Fall Detector is a trusted brand widely used by telecare suppliers throughout Ireland and the UK, including our sponsor, TASK Community Care.

Bed Exit Alert: Also known as a bed occupancy sensor, the bed exit alert is placed discreetly beneath bed sheets and triggers an alert if a person has not returned to bed within a set timeframe, such as 20 minutes. This ensures timely notifications to the 24-hour monitoring center during pre-agreed hours, indicating a potential fall during the night. 

Inactivity Alert Sensor: Inactivity alert sensors, or motion sensors, monitor a user’s activity levels by detecting prolonged periods of inactivity. They send an alert if no movement is detected in a specific area, such as a room or hallway, within a predefined period. For instance, if someone does not enter the bedroom between 9 PM and 11 PM, the system generates an alert. Although the alert may not be immediate (as the 2-hour or other time window will have to pass before an alert is activated) these sensors provide excellent backup for individuals who already use standard telecare buttons or wrist-worn fall detectors, ensuring comprehensive monitoring and safety.

Telecare Connected Environmental Sensors

Individuals with dementia may forget to turn off appliances and environmental sensors linked to the telecare system can often help with these issues. These devices generally connect wirelessly so are easy to add to your existing personal alarm system. When individuals with dementia live alone or are unaccompanied at home, telecare environmental sensors can play an important role in maintaining their safety and alerting carers to potential hazards. 

Flood Detector: A flood detector placed in the bathroom or kitchen can prevent water damage and avert potentially dangerous situations. The detector via the central telecare hub, alerts the monitoring centre when a sink or bath overflows or if it detects water on the floor from sources like burst pipes. These devices can provide an early warning with some sounding an alert in the home as well as sending a notification to the 24-hour monitoring centre.

Wireless Monitored Smoke Detector: Enhancing your telecare system with a wireless monitored smoke detector can significantly improve home safety. When the detector senses smoke, it should trigger both an audible alert in the home and promptly notifies operators at the 24-hour monitoring centre, who can arrange immediate assistance. This type of dual system can be particularly important for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Monitored Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector: A monitored CO detector is vital for detecting carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly gas. The detector alerts the individual in the home and also sends an alert to the 24-hour monitoring centre when CO is detected, ensuring quick action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Like the telecare smoke detector, this type of dual system can be particularly important for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Conclusion

Telecare alarms and devices offer invaluable support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. By addressing key concerns such as wandering, medication management, key security, and fall detection, these technologies enhance safety and independence, providing peace of mind for everyone involved. Implementing these telecare solutions can make a significant difference in the quality of care and life for those with dementia.

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We are proudly supported by Ireland’s longest-established telecare company, TASK Community Care. Based in County Meath, and with their NI counterpart, TASK Connect, in Lurgan, TASK supplies top-quality telecare equipment and offers a 24-hour telecare monitoring service throughout Ireland and the UK.

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