The risks and challenges
Approximately half of nursing home residents have some form of dementia, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia occasionally wander. Nursing homes are tasked with managing the delicate balance of keeping Memory Care residents safe, while maintaining their independence and dignity.
The Scandent solution
Scandent minimizes the risks of resident wandering and elopement with checkpoints that can interface with doors and elevators. Audible alarms warn nearby staff, while a combination of phone calls, texts, and emails instantly notify designated staff out of earshot.
More than wristbands
Most wandering systems rely exclusively on wristbands. If a wristband is removed or its battery fails, the system is rendered ineffective. With Scandent, wristbands are just the first line of defense. Scandent provides tags for clothing, shoes, wallets, and walkers to provide multiple levels of redundancy.
Scandent’s wristbands are comfortable and customizable. They last up to three years – three times as long as most other commercially available wristbands – and come at a fraction of the cost. While Scandent wristbands are highly effective at mitigating wandering risk, wristbands can fail if their batteries die, and some residents are averse to wearing them.
Wristband alternative and fail-safes
For residents that refuse to wear a wristband, or simply for additional layers of security, Scandent provides tags for clothing, shoes, wallets, jewelry, wheelchairs, walkers, handbags, hearing aids, glasses, and other items residents commonly wear or use. These tags can be programmed to trigger wandering alarms and alert designated staff.
Alarms and alerts
Beyond the standard audible alarm that alerts nearby staff of an elopement risk, Scandent also provides a combination of email, text message, and phone call alerts that are instantaneously sent to designated staff. With these additional alerts, staff that are not in the vicinity of an audible wandering alarm can be notified and prompted to respond.
Savings, Reliability, and Security
Once a nursing home has deployed Scandent checkpoints for loss and theft prevention, those same checkpoints can be used for wander management without the need to spend more on additional infrastructure. Scandent wristbands also last three times longer and cost far less than other commercially available wristbands.
Scandent wristbands are highly reliable, durable, and have a long battery life. But when it comes to resident safety, that is not always good enough. Scandent’s tags for various personal items can also be programmed to trigger wandering alarms and alerts. This multilayered security reduces elopement risk and offers caregivers peace of mind.
Multilevel staff alerts
Traditional wandering systems rely on audible alarms to alert staff of an imminent elopement risk. Scandent goes further. With a combination of instantaneous email, text message, phone call, and tablet
popup notifications, Scandent immediately alerts designated staff not in the vicinity of a wandering alarm.