Dementia is a progressive disease. When Alzheimer’s or Parkinson ’s disease move into advanced stages, even dialing a phone can become a challenge.
This is why our skilled caregivers at Thoughtful Healthcare help their clients use technology to help assist them every day. Some of these innovations are for the comfort and peace of mind of a person who has dementia, but some technologies are used to keep people safe.
Here’s a list of our favorite technologies to aid those who have dementia.
Technology for Comfort and Peace of Mind
- Day of the week calendar displays help to keep people who have dementia oriented in time. Some displays will indicate if it is daytime or nighttime—since 7:00 in the morning and 7:00 at night can look the same at certain times of the year.
- Video call apps help loved ones with dementia stay connected with their families. Putting a face to a name can prompt a more fluid conversation.
- Simplified music players help loved ones have control over the music they listen to. Studies have shown that music is one of the best ways for people with dementia to connect to pleasant memories and to stay lucid.
Technology for Safety
- Alarms placed on doors can help alert family members living outside of the home to the movements of their loved ones. Floor mats with pressure activation can let family members know if their loved one has gotten out of bed at night.
- Monitors such as noise tracking technology or movement activated technology help keep tabs on those who have a tendency to wander.
- GPS technology is simple to activate in a smart phone, but not all people with dementia will remember to take their smart phone with them. Watches with GPS might work better to track a loved one.
Check out our video presentation about safety and wandering to learn more.
If you feel that technology isn’t enough to keep your loved one who has dementia safe and comfortable, call us at Thoughtful Healthcare. Our skilled caregivers are here to help keep your loved ones healthy and safe at home.