Successful first year for scheme to protect people in Hampshire living with dementia.
People living with dementia are being kept safer thanks to a safer walking partnership scheme.
The scheme is led by Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Care Technology Partnership.
The number of missing person episodes for the people taking part has more than halved. 65 per cent of those people have not been reported missing to Police since being given the device.
Detective Chief Insp Dave Brown of Hampshire Constabulary said:
“This technology is enabling independence and giving carers peace of mind. It also helps us to quickly locate a missing person, who could be at real risk.”
A special device is offered to people with a diagnosis of dementia who are in the middle stages of living with the condition, but who still want to remain living independently in their own homes. The personal safety device, the Oysta Pearl+, contains a GPS tracker and helps family or loved ones locate a person quickly if they are prone to wandering or getting lost while out and about.
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said:
“We have been able to support many thousands of elderly people to continue to live independently in their own homes.”
Steve Carefull, Assistive Technology expert at PA Consulting Group and Argenti Telehealthcare Partnership Programme Director, said:
“As the potential for innovative technology grows, the number
of technology-based support services available to keep people safe and well dramatically increases. The potential is almost limitless.”
The Pearl+ is a mobile digital solution which enables self-care for Vulnerable Independent People (VIPs) living on their own.
The Pearl + connects to our care platform, IntelliCare™, so the care circle will be able to set safety parameters, locate VIPs and if needed, direct them home or direct help to their location.
Our Pearl + provides peace of mind to VIPs that they can remain independent and safe when they are outside of the home, and their care circle stays informed and available at a push of a button.
- 76 Missing reports
- 37 Cases successfully referred
(ranging in age from 61 to 98)
and given the Pearl+ device
- 24 Who went missing previously have not been reported missing to police since given their Pearl+ devices
- 55% Reduction in Missing Person reports and corresponding time and costs to find
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