6 Technological Innovations to Help Those With Dementia
So far, a cure for dementia has not been discovered or created. However, amazing technological advancements have made it easier for caregivers to care for those with dementia, as well as to help make those with dementia feel safe and comfortable.
Here are some great technological innovations that can help your loved ones that have dementia.
1. Home Care Robots
Caregivers tend to be overworked. Homecare robots are designed to assist (rather than replace) human caregivers with tasks like housework and medication reminders; they can also call a medical professional if needed.
Plus, home care robots can serve as a home monitor when the caregiver is away.
Robots aren’t a standard yet, but with advancements in robotics, we may soon see them become the standard.
2. GPS Location & Tracking Devices
GPS tracking devices can be worn by patients and used to find the patient if they wander away and get lost. Many of these devices let you set alerts that are initiated if your loved one leaves a specified area.
This technology can also alert emergency personnel if needed and help them locate a patient faster.
3. Picture Phones
Those with dementia may struggle to remember phone numbers. Picture phones come with large, clear buttons where pictures of loved ones can be placed so the patient can speed dial them if needed.
In addition, these phones have a large number of keys for easy dialing.
Someone with dementia may forget the time of day. There are clocks designed specifically for patients with dementia that are easy to read and display helpful information like date, time of day, any day of the week.
Many of these clocks have other functionality such as additional language options and the choice between 12 and 24-hour displays.
5. In-Home Cameras
In-home cameras help you ensure that you loved on is safe when you aren’t with them. They can be placed in strategic locations: for example, you may use one to monitor medication use, or perhaps place one near the stairs to detect a fall. Many cameras also let you communicate with your loved ones.
Some cameras can also monitor movement and will alert you if no movement has been detected for a set period of time.
6. Home Monitoring Devices
Those with dementia may forget to complete small tasks like turning off lights, adjusting the thermostat, or taking medications. Some situations could have serious consequences, like leaving the stove on.
Home monitoring devices can help by ensuring these tasks are completed. You can monitor your loved on to make sure they remember to complete these tasks and remind them if they haven’t.
These devices can also assist in emergency situations, such as if your loved one has fallen. You can set them up to send alerts straight to your phone if this occurs.