CASE STUDIES

Dementia - User Case Studies

TECS helps and supports people to remain independent and safe

Carers find TECS offers support and reassurance to them as well. While TECS might not be suitable for everyone with dementia, for some it helps them to live well with their condition.

Benefits of TECS for dementia users

Increase independence and autonomy

Help to manage potential risks in and around the home

Help with memory and recall

Improve confidence and the quality of life for a person with dementia

Support a person with dementia to live at home for longer and to maintain more abilities

Provide reassurance to carers and help them feel less stressed

Joyce's Story
"It's helped everyone knowing that we can sleep easy."

Joyce had become increasingly confused about lots of issues but none of her family thought it raised a safety concern, until she was admitted to hospital following a fall.

Whilst Joyce was in hospital it became apparent that she wondered around during the night. Her husband, Bob admitted she did this at home too and he wasn’t sleeping very well as he was worried she might become disorientated and fall down the stairs.

Their family suggested moving to a bungalow, but neither of them wanted that, so a nurse at the hospital recommended TECS might help them. The nurse directed their family to the NRS website where they ordered some property exit sensors, a bed sensor mat and a fall detector.

Although her health has deteriorated and Joyce now has a carer for most of the day, the TECS has allowed her to continue living with Bob in their own home. Bob can still get a good night sleep knowing he’ll be alerted if Joyce gets out of bed for too long or tries to go outside the house.

Joyce's granddaughter, Lauren said “At least grandma can still be at home. If she didn’t have the sensors and the fall button she would have had to go into a care home. She’s much happier at home and if she’s happy, we’re happy”.

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Alan's Story
"It's made my life so much easier."

Alan lives alone and has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia, which often causes him to forget to take his medication and sometimes he becomes disorientated and falls when he gets up in the night. His daughter was very worried about the risks associated with Alan continuing to live in his own home.

An NRS Healthcare Occupational Therapist visited Alan and recommended some equipment which would remind him to take his medication, and to eat and drink throughout the day. To help with his disorientation, the Occupational Therapist suggested fitting some movement activated lights which would come on when Alan got out of bed. Alan has been living with the equipment for 5 months and has become much more independent as he’s not relying on anyone else to remind his to take his medication and he’s not fallen.

Alan has said “the equipment you’ve installed has made my life so much easier” and his daughter added “it’s reduced the worry for both of us and has allowed dad to continue living at home without the need for formal care”.

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