Dementia Safety Solutions: How Wearable Tech Helps Promote Independence

Each year, more and more individuals contract Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairments. This is partially due to the fact that we’re learning more about these diseases and becoming more knowledgeable about recognizing and treating them. While it’s wonderful that the stigma of these impairments is lessening and society is becoming aware of the needs and challenges for these individuals, it also highlights a growing need for technologies that can be used to keep seniors safe, healthy and as independent as possible. Robin Crum, Executive Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care assisted living community in Pensacola, FL, states that staying as active, engaged and fulfilled as possible is essential for individuals with memory-related diseases. “While research shows that these actions are incredibly important for creating the best quality of life possible, it has been difficult to provide these opportunities in many cases,” Crum says. “But thanks to recent advancements in wearable technology, more individual caregivers and dementia care communities are able to provide those affected by dementia with the freedom and fulfilling lifestyle they deserve.” Wearable technology has become fairly mainstream for the general population (think Fitbit, Apple Watch® and even certain apps on your smartphone). It’s only recently that strides have been made to tailor these devices to support the independence of dementia patients and empower families and caregivers. Today, there are a variety of options on the market that can be used to monitor individuals using multimode, professional-grade tracking capabilities. State-of-the-art technology has long been a part of daily life at YourLife™ of Pensacola. “Our purpose has always been to provide seniors with comfortable, beautiful surroundings that are paired with the most advanced care possible, delivered by trained specialists and supplemented with advanced technology,” says Crum. “When new products and technologies come out on the market, we thoroughly investigate options to see what additional resources we can bring on to maximize our residents’ wellness, freedom and enjoyment of life. Our Wellness Bands are one of the ways we take living well to a new level of innovation, confidence and convenience for residents, families and staff.”

The Benefit of Senior Wearables

According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, six in 10 people diagnosed with dementia or other memory issues will wander at some point during the course of their disease. For some individuals, this can happen in the very early stages, while for others, it may not occur until much later. Even when a senior lives in a secure Memory Care facility such as YourLife™ of Pensacola, wandering can be a concern. “Since our goal is to allow residents to maintain as much independence as possible, there are times when residents may not be around staff members because they’re walking the grounds or participating in an activity,” says Crum. “In the past, if an accident were to occur, such as a fall or sudden disorientation, it could take some time before staff or caregivers would be alerted to the issue. That’s why our resident Wellness Bands make life so much easier for both our caregivers and residents.” Resident Wellness Bands at YourLife™ of Pensacola are wrist trackers that provide a variety of safety features and extra support, and serve four distinct purposes: Tracking the wearer. GPS tracking allows staff to see where residents are at all times. Alerting caregivers. Track if a resident has a fall, alerting staff so they can respond immediately. Monitoring health. The bands can track steps and gather basic vitals. Emergency assistance. The bands feature emergency call systems that allow residents to call for assistance and alert the staff at the touch of a button.  “Resident Wellness Bands are not your grandma’s ‘help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’ emergency call buttons,” says Crum. “At YourLife™ of Pensacola, we view them as tools that are used to enhance life for our residents, without making them feel old or babysat. It encourages independence for those with dementia, and empowers caregivers and staff to provide security, safety and comfort at all times.” For more information about how we use Wellness Bands at YourLife™ of Pensacola, please contact our team today at 850-898-3334.

The Memory Care Your Loved One Deserves.

Offering the very best in Memory Care, YourLife™ of Pensacola was designed specifically with residents in mind. We’ve created a community where residents can define their own lifestyle, based on their preferences, needs and story, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define their own lifestyles. Because we focus solely on Memory Care, all of our resources and attention are on catering to each resident’s needs while providing unequaled peace of mind for families. Our licensed nurses and YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide personally inspired care and support, no matter what your needs. With such dedicated care, our residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible. At YourLife™ of Pensacola, YourStory comes to life. Whether you want to enjoy our exclusive activities and YourStory programming, spend time exploring our services and amenities, relax in our easy-to-navigate Memory Care neighborhoods and living areas or try something new, the choice is entirely up to you. Contact us to learn more!

Call us at 850-898-3334 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.