It’s a worry to know that a relative is suffering from dementia. They may have strongly stated their desire to retain their independence, but you, as the responsible relative, are obviously concerned that they can live safely despite their condition. You may worry about gas burners, fires or water taps being left on after everyday tasks or your relative mislaying their keys.
This is where assistive technology can really make a difference. It can help your relative to maintain their independence in safety and can monitor their well-being twenty-four hours a day. Personal alarms for the elderly can help the sufferer in early on set dementia if they have become confused. They don’t have to remember complicated numbers or emergency procedures. They can just press the button on their wrist alarm or pendant, and they will be connected to an experienced, sympathetic call handler who will alert the emergency services if need be or otherwise contact you. However, when the condition worsens they will unfortunately no longer remember to press the alarm. In many cases we would recommend the carer wear the alarm so they can call for help on their behalf. A pendant alarm for the elderly is also a good choice for dementia sufferers, in that you don’t need a keyholder. Although a keyholder can work well in many situations, the person with dementia may forget who the keyholder is and be alarmed if they suddenly enter the house, apparently without warning.
Another great thing about these personal alarms is that they double as a panic button for elderly people. Many relatives are thankful that the alarm’s panic function can be used by the elderly person during the night if they think there are people in the house or if they are frightened. And then there’s the shower. Many people with dementia are not physically frail and can carry out activities such as showering. The alarms can be worn in the shower, so the older person can maintain personal hygiene whilst still being able to connect to our experienced and sympathetic carelines in Hampshire. Every elderly individual is different and so are their daily routines, living arrangements and personalities. Dementia doesn’t change that. But it can make people more vulnerable, and that’s why it’s worth investing in a panic alarm. You’ll be able to keep your relative safe while ensuring that they maintain their dignity and can live independently. The alarm can help you get a better idea of whether your relative needs help and intervention or whether you can step back and let them continue with their familiar life for the time being. In this way, it can provide peace of mind in what is often a stressful situation for the caring relative.