Dementia has often been associated with old age. However, dementia is, in actual fact an umbrella term used for symptoms for many different diseases that affect the function of the brain at any moment in a person’s life. These consist of problems with language skills and memory, general understanding, mental quickness and judgement. The number of individuals who suffer from dementia has increased over the past years and is set to triple in years to come.
Currently there are more than 800,000 individuals who suffer from dementia in the UK and with the rise of sufferers the cost of care for each individual is thought to increase. While medical treatment has been used to help slow down the effects of dementia, the rapid growth of dementia means that finding a cure has become vital. Due to this reason scientists have begun to look at ways in which technology can help individuals with dementia, allowing them to live independently.
Scientists have found many different ways in which installing technology in homes of dementia sufferers can help. The introduction of smart sensors and optical recognition units which monitor eating, drinking and activity patterns all aid in the care of sufferers.
The advancement in technology means a pre-recorded voice can be prompted when the individual leaves their house, allowing them to remember to take their keys and other essentials and to lock the door.
For their safety, sensors can be installed which will shut down and raise an alarm if water running taps and kitchen stoves that have been left on. By having this technology in the house, it allows individuals to have the freedom of living independently without having to worry.
Movement detectors can also help by recording the activity of the individual during the day and at night raising alerts to carers and alternatively allowing the carer to activate a message to the dementia sufferer. Ensuring the individual is safe
Panic buttons can also be worm by dementia sufferers which can be activated if they are to get lost. The device then locates others of their position or location with the aid of satellite technology ensuring the safety of the individual.
Items can be tagged to a locator which can help find items which have been misplaced by emitting a beeping for the individual to find them.
The introduction of home care robots have helped, giving individuals a social companion around the house. The relatives can connect to the robot allowing them to ensure the individual is safe.
Other inventions such as therapeutic robots can help by providing the individual’s with emotional support and are designed to stimulate the minds of patience with dementia.
DCC have worked with many health care professionals helping to improve care and service to vulnerable individuals. Capturing data can help identify the progress and impact of technology, such as the new technology launched for dementia patients. By creating questionnaires and forms, DCC can extract the information into working knowledge and allow health care professional to see the accurate improvement of such types of new technology and monitor the positive or negative effects. The results of the data capture by DCC means the timely effectiveness of the process helps to eliminate unnecessary expenditure and bring to light technology that actually helps, resulting in a faster process where time and money can be spent more wisely to buy correct technology, helping to improve lives.