New safety monitoring service launches in Tipperary for Dementia patients

A new monitoring service that will see improved communications and enhanced levels of safety and care for Ireland’s 44,000 people with dementia and their families has been launched in Tipperary.

A new monitoring service that will see improved communications and enhanced levels of safety and care for Ireland’s 44,000 people with dementia and their families has been launched in Tipperary.

This initiative is the first of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland and Tipperary has been chosen as one of six counties where the service is being piloted initially for 100 people living with dementia.

The other counties chosen are Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Limerick and Clare. Plans are in place to roll out this service across all 26 counties by 2015.

With Alzheimer’s disease accounting for up to 60 per cent of all dementia cases, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland has partnered with Tunstall Emergency Response to launch this service which will help provide tailor-made care packages for those living with the disease.

Funded under the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), the initiative will see telecare technology installed in the homes of those with dementia, including those in Tipperary. Specially developed by Tunstall Emergency Response, this technology allows for the discreet remote monitoring of users by the company’s expert monitoring centre in Wexford.

The technology communicates to the monitoring centre in the event of an incident occurring (such as a bath or sink flooding or user wandering). This information is then instantly made available through a dedicated web portal to the Alzheimers Society of Ireland.

This gives the society’s team access to real-time information on clients for the first time and allows them to make informed decisions around the care plans for those with dementia.

“This new technology will greatly improve the lives of those living with dementia and their families. The web portal with real-time alerts on the movements of service users can be accessed remotely on a 24 hour basis and ensures that the correct levels of home care can be implemented”, said James Doyle, Director of Tunstall Emergency Response, Ireland’s leading telehealthcare provider.

The new initiative provides a comprehensive, round the clock, monitoring system in the homes of service users. The service includes movement detectors placed throughout the home and on key exit points to monitor the movements of users, the timing of movements and whether or not users leave the home with its dedicated property exit sensor.

“Not only will monitoring reports help develop a bespoke care programme for each user and identify any safety risks, it will also provide invaluable data on the living patterns of those with dementia. This service will also save the state on providing care services that are not required and will prolong independent living. We look forward to rolling this out in Tipperary and across Ireland over the next three years” said James Doyle.

Based in Wexford, Tunstall Emergency Response is Ireland’s leading provider of telecare services to over 35,000 Irish customers. The company offers over 100 personal and home telehealthcare solutions for a range of needs from private home care to services for hospitals, healthcare clinics and community groups. See www.emergencyresponse.ie.