Do you sometimes get confused about what time or what day it is?
Losing a sense of time is something that can affect many people with dementia. Not being sure what time of day it is or when things need to be done can be greatly affect someone’s ability to cope with independent living. It may not just be the time of day but the days of the week that gets confused. This became a issue when I found that my father would be taking himself off to church on a Friday evening at 8pm convinced that it was Sunday morning. He would be most indignant when the church was locked up and there was no one to greet him.
As his time confusion worsened this became an increasingly serious issue. My father would get up during the night and sure that it was daytime he would get dressed and take himself out of his apartment. On several occasions this resulted in him falling in the street in the early hours of the morning. He ended up in hospital more disoriented and confused then ever. It could take up to a week to get him back to a point when he could be discharged by which time the dangers of becoming increasingly dependent and institutionalized were becoming evident. On more than one occasion it was suggested that he might be transferred into a residential home with no medical need evident!
@home safe tackles the problem of time dis-orientation by providing text and/or voice announcements that state the time and the day. This can be linked to a calendar of events and expected visits. It can be linked to door monitoring systems which can make it clear that it is night time and that it is time to go back to bed. A bed sensor will tell the system once the bed is occupied. If the bed sensor is not activated or the door sensor not deactivated, the system will check to see if the building is occupied. If it is not then an alert will be sounded to inform that the person has left the property.