Managed localisation and monitoring service for people with orientation difficulties
The service is designed to offer families assistance when caring for people with various diseases associated with degeneration of cognitive capacity. It also provides relations and family members with a device that locates their loved one when he or she is outside the house.
The service especially targets the category of patients who can still walk independently and who do not reside in long-term care facilities.
A source of danger for people with dementia is their tendency to wander, their spatial and topographical disorientation, and the fact that they get lost in known places. There are often cases of the patient leaving home, even intentionally, and then being unable to find his way back home, thus causing worry and stress in family members.
The service makes use of a portable device that is worn by the person. It has a locator with GPS sensor and data connection to a mobile network, which transmits the position to a supporting IT system and to a Web-based application in real time.
The system allows family members and a patient care service to follow on a Web page, at all times, the patient’s current position on a map, the path followed and his movements in the city.
Family members can use the device to make a telephone call to the patient without requiring him to answer, since the device itself will automatically listen on receiving the call.
Both the device and the monitoring system can generate alarms in certain potentially hazardous situations by pressing a button on the device (SOS button), detecting the position outside the area (based on the recorded areas related to the patient’s residence), low battery, lack of localisation signal, and emergency calls.
The wearer of the device can make telephone calls to previously entered numbers by simply pressing a key, or by sending an SMS with the coordinates of the current position. The device must be worn before the person to be assisted leaves the house.
Activities must be monitored either by a family member or by a person assigned to care for the patient. The device is typically worn on the neck.
This method ensures a good degree of safety, detection, listening and microphone reception without needing the hands to be used.
As an alternative, it can be placed in a sachet and secured to a garment with a simple Velcro strip (e.g., on the chest or shoulder).
The service proposes a discrete non-invasive solution to monitor people with orientation difficulties. It is especially designed for the elderly who possess a residual degree of autonomy and who can independently leave the house. Data on the patient’s position can be seen by family members and by caregivers through a Web app.
Alerts can be configured to send notices via SMS and e-mail to family members and to a Service Centre appointed to monitor the patient.