We are barely scratching the surface of dementia specific care.
The growing mortality rates for dementia patients have only intensified the urgency to adopt better strategies in dementia care. One particular area of concern is that many dementia patients are likely to find themselves in potentially dangerous situations if they become disoriented and unable to pinpoint their location or take care of themselves.
What are we doing to prevent this from happening?
In Australia, identity bracelets have been used to identify lost or disorientated dementia patients. However, this is often not enough. In Japan, a company called Iruma has partnered up with the Japanese authorities to provide a free service of applying QR adhesive code seals onto the nails of dementia patients. These waterproof seals are only one centimetre in size and last approximately two weeks, making it a durable and efficient way for aged care providers to track dementia patients. If these patients are found disorientated, one quick scan will provide their ID, their local city hall, and its telephone number.
Are we able to adopt this strategy in Australia?
While the concept of these QR code seals seems like an efficient way to track dementia patients, many will see a darker side to this device. If this technology is implemented, it is an infringement on civil liberties. Also, what is stopping other people from illegally obtaining information from disoriented dementia patients? Before we can look at adopting any similar technological advancements in Australia, we must focus on resolving these issues.
At the Strengthening Dementia Strategy conference, we will be exploring the concept of choice and control for dementia patients. This conference will also provide the best solutions to engage and support aged care providers for best practice dementia care.
Book your place by April 7th to save $300 on ticket prices.