Intelligent, energy-efficient location monitoring and tracking platform including wearable device and web application.

Purpose

The purpose of Carelink is to safely and positively manage wandering behaviour in people with dementia. Carers can track their loved one’s location, dynamically set safe zones and receive alerts. The application can determine behaviour that may be indicative of an imminent wandering event allowing early intervention and can predict location in the unlikely event of loss of communication.

Target group

People with Dementia, Informal Carers, Professional Carers.

Impact for citizen

Carelink enables safe independent living allowing wearers the ability to wander freely within known contexts. Positive interventions are enabled through detection of patterns that can indicate restlessness or anxiety.

Impact for staff

Carers can benefit from reduced stress by knowing that they can check their loved ones location easily and will receive alerts when warranted.
Economic impact (What kind of business case might be foreseen – for user, staff, healthcare provider, municipality etc). Carelink allows users to live independently for longer. Engaging in regular physical and social activity is important to maintaining good health. Independent living can reduce burden of healthcare costs on the public purse.
From a care perspective, the burden often falls on family members and they cannot be with the person with dementia every single minute of the day. They themselves must also look after their own health in order to continue providing care. There is increasing reliance on and need for technology to support caregivers and there is a willingness to purchase and acquire tools that will help keep loved ones safe and reduce stress.

Cost of product

Trying different components and final decisions will drive final cost.

Life expectancy of product

Other costs of acquisition and setup

Costings still being determined

Expected annual costs

Special requirements

Is the product for personal use or can it be used by (how) many people?

Personal Use.

Is the product intended for training purposes?

No.

How much time is needed for the user or staff to get to know how to use of the product?

Minimal – there will be supporting training materials. The GUI is very user friendly.

Has the product been presented before at other exhibitions or venues?

No.

Experiences from practice

Trials pending (November 2019).

Cases stories

Trials pending (November 2019)