According to a report published in March 2012 by the Australian Bureua of Statistics (ABS), deaths due to dementia have more than doubled in the last 10 years and is now the third leading cause of death in Australia. The toll taken on staff and families from wandering patients is immeasurable; independent of resulting fatalities.
Last Sunday 23rd September, a man reliant on a walking frame was found nearly 200km from his Hobart nursing home (The Sunday Morning Herald). He suffers severe dementia and cannot tell police how he ended up wandering a South Launceston street in slippers in the rain.
The initial search was intensified as Police realised the man had missed his scheduled dose of insulin and was at risk of collapsing. When he was eventually noticed and tendered to by onlookers, Police were notified and according to Inspector Riley, “he didn't know where he was and he didn't know how he got there.”
A bus ticket was found in his pockets and relatives told police he had lived in Launceston 20 years ago, which may have been the catalyst for his actions. He was taken to Launceston General Hospital before being transported back to Hobart.
As dementia cases grow, so to will the number of missing residents and fatalities. Luckily there is a solution...
Integrated Wireless (IW) provide Wandering Resident solutions to help prevent the heart-ache associated with dementia. It's simple, affordable and effective. A patient band is attached to the resident who can roam freely around the facility. If this resident tries to abscond, dedicated RFID receivers placed on every door pick up the signal from the wrist band and generate an alarm. Staff and/or security can act immediately and the crises can be avoided. These bands contain tamper-proof technology, alerting necessary personnel if removed.
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