There’s no denying we’re all ageing but growing older doesn’t have to mean giving up on going outdoors or living a more active lifestyle. Research shows that a simple short walk in nature can have positive effects on both mind and body. Even a routine walk to the corner shop can help keep some physical illnesses at bay and encourage an overall healthier way of life.
Many feel too insecure to leave the house frequently due to a current chronic illness or a previous fall. Family members may also be concerned about a loved one leaving the house, and this can sometimes influence a feeling of insecurity and concern.
In 2020, the availability of technology to help ease some of these fears is hugely reassuring. The inventions and developments within the care alarm sector are encouraging many to continue to live an active lifestyle; when years ago, this may not have been possible.
What is GPS technology?
According to NASA, “GPS is a system of 30+ navigation satellites circling Earth. We know where they are because they constantly send out signals. A GPS receiver in your phone listens for these signals. Once the receiver calculates its distance from four or more GPS satellites, it can figure out where you are.”
What is Buddi?
Buddi is a personal emergency alert system, which is simple to use and attractive in design. It’s the brainchild of confused.com founder, Sara Murray, who is passionate about developing life-altering technology to help vulnerable people feel safer.
Sara says, “I believe in getting people out and helping them to live an active life.”The device offered by Telecare24 is the buddi wristband and clip combination shown above. The wrist band has both a button and an automatic fall detector, so when activated, the sensor will talk to the clip via radiofrequency. The clip acts as the ‘base unit’, and the dialogue between the user and monitoring centre passes through it. Therefore, the clip and wrist-worn device must be worn at the same time.
The GPS technology lives inside the clip, so this will always need to be with the user. To find out more about the specifications of the Buddi device, click here.
Who is Buddi For?
Buddi is ideal for those who are still active and frequently go outdoors but need the added security of a personal alarm to give them more confidence to keep getting out. Perhaps someone whose overall health is good but suffers from balance issues, or is prone to falling. It could be especially true of someone who lives in rural areas and is often isolated outdoors. When the user takes a fall or has a medical emergency, buddi will connect them with our 24/7 monitoring centre. The care team can call emergency contacts and also locate the user using a GPS technology portal.
Is Buddi Suitable for those with Dementia? Carers and loved ones of those with dementia, specifically those prone to wandering, may view the buddi as a saving grace. While the buddi is GPS enabled, you should really think if it will work in your individual set of circumstances.
Dementia affects everyone differently, and no two people are the same or exhibit the same capabilities. While one user may be in the very early stages of dementia and can remember to pick up the same handbag or set of keys every time they leave the house, someone in the later stages may struggle with this. There is an element of responsibility on the users part to take the device out. If they don’t, it renders the buddi useless for tracking.
Another factor you’ll need to consider is that both the clip and wristband need to be individually charged. Of course, if carers, partners or loved ones can oversee the charging aspect of the device, this challenge can be overcome. All aspects of care are again unique to the individual. So, if you’re purchasing the equipment for someone with dementia, it’s crucial to ask yourself some key questions.
- How will the user wear the device?
- Will they remember to take it out?
- How will the device be charged and how often?
Buddi have completed numerous case studies showing how the device is handy in many circumstances.
One lady living with dementia relies upon carers and family to always ensure that the equipment is charged and that she wears the device on a lanyard. Another who can’t quite remember to wear the device has carers clip the device to her bra strap at the start of every day. As the device is out of sight and out of mind, the user is less likely to fiddle or remove it.
As with any expensive piece of equipment, it’s essential to ensure that the buddi is the right thing for you or the person you’re buying it for before making that decision.
Telecare24 are incredibly excited to now be offering this revolutionary and life-altering piece of technology to both existing and new customers.