What is Dementia?
Dementia is a degenerative syndrome which causes brain function to decline over time. The symptoms include problems with:
- Memory loss
- Thinking speed
- Mental sharpness and quickness
- Carrying out daily activities
Dementia is sometimes confused with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. People who suffer from dementia are often confused or cannot remember and retain certain information. This can sometimes come across to others as avoiding issues or not telling the truth. This often leads to a family or friend needing to become the decision-maker. This is because the sufferer will eventually no longer be able to process information correctly and make decisions in their own best interest.
There is no cure at the moment for dementia, but it can be slowed down. This can give families precious time with loved ones which is why it is so important that it is caught early. If you know someone who is experiencing symptoms, encourage them to go to the doctors as a diagnosis can be vital.
There have been great advances in the technological world of late. As such, there are many innovative products designed for those who suffer from dementia to make their lives a little easier.
GPS Location and Door Sensors:
Some people with dementia may have a tendency to leave the house and not tell anyone where they have gone. This is particularly dangerous at night time or in winter months because the cold can be present a very serious risk to an elderly person. This, of course, gives great concern to loved ones and so there are a couple of things that can be useful to help prevent such instances occurring.
First is a GPS tracking device. Much like the ones in smartphones or Fitbits, patients can wear a GPS tracker and their location can be seen by a carer or family member at any time. This is particularly useful if a patient is likely to get frequently lost.
Next are door sensors. These are to be placed on doors within the home and come with a timer so their Careline alarm system can be alerted when a door has been opened past a certain time. The Care Team would then alert family members so they can attend the property to ensure the user is okay.
Picture phones are simplistic in nature but are extremely useful for those suffering from memory loss. A picture phone has extra large buttons for photographs of family, friends and carers. Each picture button can be easily programmed to dial the number of the person whose photo appears on it. This means that the dementia sufferer can call for help with one touch, without having to look up a number.
This is another ingenious tool because it helps to address the biggest symptom associated with the syndrome – memory loss. Those with dementia often have trouble remembering key events that are taking place or to take their medicine. Many devices now enable carers to set a reminder for a user that will go off long after they leave. This is significant because it reduces the need for constant supervision if the alarm user follows the reminder’s instructions.
A medicine dispenser is a really useful tool to help dementia sufferers remember to take medication. A common problem is ensuring that those who have memory loss are taking necessary medication regularly. Many electronic dispensers only allow the medication to be released once a day and can also be linked to a Careline Alarm. Most models also offer a combination of visual and audio alerts to remind users who may have impaired vision or hearing to take their medication.
Careline and Living with Dementia:
Careline offers reassurance to families of dementia sufferers. We use the latest in Tunstall technology paired with the best quality of service. A Careline system allows users to remain independent and dignified in old age. Should they feel unwell or have a fall they would simply need to press their button and someone from the Care Team would answer almost immediately and help. If you are concerned that your loved ones may not remember to push the button there are also Fall Detectors available. These come with built-in sensors that will detect a drop in altitude followed by a period of stillness and activate the alarm. If the alarm user is unable to stand up again within 20 seconds of the fall being detected, the Care Team will be contacted straight away.