Wearable button alerts carers when their patients wander off

Wearable button alerts carers when their patients wander off

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Worldwide, an estimated 44 million people suffer from dementia. Three out of five people with conditions linked to dementia are prone to wandering off; if they aren’t found within 24 hours, up to half suffer serious injury or even death. For those caring for children with autism, about half attempt to escape from a safe environment. In fact, wandering is ranked one of the most stressful ASD behaviors by parents of autistic children. We’ve seen previous attempts to manage wandering by those with dementia including a Chinese project which issued buttons with QR codes to elderly people, meaning that passersby can help them find their way home even where the patient can’t remember their name or address. We’ve also seen trendy GPS shoes that allow parents to locate their children (providing they keep their shoes on) and watch-sized communicators that combine GPS, pre-programmed calling and baby monitor functions to help parents keep tabs on their kids. Providing an affordable solution is Proximity Button, a bluetooth device which sends a warning signal when the wearer steps outside a certain radius.

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