Dementia affects 47 million people worldwide according to Hudson Physicians. If you, a friend or a loved one have been touched by Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia, you know how difficult it can be on the person as well as the care givers and family. There are several interesting technology solutions that can play a part in providing a safe environment, as well as insights for caregivers. Geo-fencing is one of those solutions.
A geo-fence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area. A geo-fence could be dynamically generated—as in a radius around a point location, or a geo-fence can be a predefined set of boundaries (such as school zones or neighborhood boundaries). The use of a geo-fence is called geo-fencing, and one example of usage involves a location-aware device of a location-based service (LBS) user entering or exiting a geo-fence. This activity could trigger an alert to the device's user as well as messaging to the geo-fence operator. This information, which typically contains the location of the device, could be sent to a mobile telephone or an email account.
The importance of geo-fencing for those with dementia comes into play when they wander or ‘elope.' According to Very Well Health, wandering is a common symptom that often develops in dementia and can lead to elopement. Also, according to the Alzheimer's Association, approximately 60% of people with dementia will wander at some point. The risk of elopement can occur whether people live in their own homes or whether they've moved to a facility.
It's essential to learn as much as possible about available technology solutions in order to make strides in caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. BeHomeSafe offers many of these solutions that utilize geo-fencing technology in order to keep your loved ones safe, including three different mobile personal emergency response systems. Let's talk!