Dementia case study
- Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in later life, ahead of some cancers, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- In 2010, over 820,000 people were estimated to be suffering from late onset dementia in the UK.
- One in three people over 65 will die with a form of dementia.
- Up to 25% of all hospital beds are occupied by older patients with dementia. They stay in hospital for longer than others with similar conditions.
The use of Assistive Technology manages risk and supports independence by means of discrete sensors placed around the home. These sensors detect possible problems such as a dementia sufferer leaving their property, not occupying their bed at night and smoke detection. It also offers additional comfort for the family of our customers, who will be contacted by HomeCall directly if something does happen.
All Assistive Technology is linked directly into our 24 hour contact centre. Once a sensor is activated, the connection is instant. From there, you will be in communication with our experienced and friendly staff who will action all of the next steps for you.
HomeCall has a number of dementia customers who we help to live independently in their own homes on a daily basis. One of our customers in her late 80s is currently suffering from dementia. For the comfort of her daughter and granddaughter, HomeCall were able to create a package which included a range of sensors tailored to address the situation the family were facing.
A property exit sensor was installed which alerts our contact centre when the customer has left the property within the chosen set monitoring period – the customer may have become confused and disorientated and left the property in an extremely vulnerable state.