Living with dementia can be a worrying and unsettling time not only for the person diagnosed, but for family and caregivers too. The good news is that there is an increasing amount of awareness surrounding conditions like dementia these days, and helpful technologies are advancing rapidly as we learn. Smart technologies can keep those diagnosed more comfortable and safer around their own homes by helping to ease anxiety and establish a sense of routine. From mobility aids to reminder apps, we’ve put together a rundown of some of the most useful dementia-friendly gadgets we could find. Read on to find out more about the best technology for dementia patients.
Short-term memory loss is a classic symptom for people living with dementia, and this can be seriously dangerous when the person in question is responsible for keeping track of their own medication. User-friendly apps like Medi Safe are free to use and will alert the person when it’s time to take their various types of medication. By using real-time alerts it will also inform the user how much to take, and whether or not it needs to be taken with food or not. The app can also let the user know when it’s time to reorder a prescription.
Dementia Clock can be installed on a phone or tablet and uses visual cues to let the user know what time of day it is. It’s easy for dementia patients to lose track of time, so this app is really useful for helping them maintain their autonomy. Not only can it reassure them and prevent further confusion, but it can act as a reminder to eat and go to bed at sensible times.
It’s common for dementia sufferers to lose their way from time to time. But wearable technologies can help with tracking your loved one and help keep them safe without them having to give up their independence. Buddi is a fitness-device lookalike wristband that is worn when out and about. It allows the wearer to call a 24/7 alarm monitoring centre for direct help if needed. It then checks their location and calls you to let you know something’s happened.
Technology for brain health and wellness is becoming more and more popular these days. Free apps like MindMate are specifically designed to help users keep their minds active. You’ll need a device or smartphone to use it, but once you’re logged in, it’s easy for anyone to get started. Although specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s, apps like these can be useful for any older person who’s keen to improve their memory. From brain games, to recipes and health tips, it helps you to keep a sharp mind and a healthy body.
By using the right technology, you can help to improve a dementia patient’s functional independence as their needs and abilities change. If you’re concerned about an elderly relative or loved one getting around the house on their own, then installing a stairlift can improve their life at home. Call the team at Halton Stairlifts on 0800 644 7766 to book a free home visit with one of our experienced surveyors, or to find out more about any of our straight or curved stairlifts. In the meantime, you can read more about stair safety and dementia here.