CareBubble can tell you when they are out.
If you have a parent who has some sort of dementia then you know how worrying that can be. The decline is steady or stepped. they can seem fine, and then suddenly deteriorate. The only thing that you can be sure of is that they will get worse. It does not matter if it is Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia. The effect is very similar, as both kill off parts of the brain.
While they are still driving it can seem something that can be dealt with. But once the freedom of the car goes, it can be very worrying, as a lot of the stimulation they need to keep active and interested can go. Roll on the self drive car!
Even in a small community, where you know there are plenty of people who know them and will keep an eye on them, you cannot be sure that they are not off walking in an unknown direction.
You can try to tag them of course, but first of all it is a terrible invasion, and secondly it is likely that whatever you put in their handbag or jacket, will be flat or left at home. With Alzheimer’s , comes a degree of Paranoia, and it can be very difficult to keep your loved ones trust if they think you are trying to find out where they go, who they see and what they are doing.
That is where CareBubble comes in. We try hard not to talk about monitoring, watching or following. We don’t want anyone paranoid. But we talk about caring, keeping independence, staying at home longer, or as the Americans call it Ageing in Place.
How many monitors do you need?
At a basic level you have to think about what monitors you want to have. What is the minimum you need to be sure they are safe and not be too intrusive? It might only be necessary to have a couple of PIRs that will tell you that they are in the living room, or the kitchen. However, if you really are concerned they might go walk about, then you will also need a sensor on each door, and from those with some clever programming we can tell you if they are likely to be in or out. (If no sensors are reading movement inside after a door has been used it is a reasonable assumption.)
How to tell when they are out too long?
If there is a risk that your loved one will go walking about the Town, then in reality you need to know if they leave the house and don’t return for an hour, or perhaps three. It will depend on their routine. If they are taken shopping every Monday for the morning, then you would not set an alert for an hour. If they go to the Church breakfast on Wednesdays, and are regularly out for 3 hours again, you will allow for that. If on the other hand they are used to nipping out to the village shop, and can be guaranteed to be back within 1/2 hour, then perhaps a shorter alarm is appropriate.