It’s being led by Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Care Technology Partnership.
The number of missing person ‘episodes’ for the people taking part has more than halved. 65 per cent of those people have not been reported missing to Police since being given the device.
A personal safety device with a GPS tracker is offered to people with a diagnosis of dementia who are in the middle stages of living with the condition, but who still want to remain living independently in their own homes. The device, an Oysta Pearl, helps family or loved ones locate a person quickly, if they are prone to wandering or getting lost while out and about.
Every year, Police Officers are asked to search for approximately 120 of Hampshire’s most vulnerable adults who are reported missing. Many are elderly, living with some form of dementia, and get lost unintentionally. The tracker device is linked to the internet, which enables a person's movements to be tracked. An alert can also be set to trigger an alarm if the person leaves their pre-set 'safe zone'.
The scheme is available to people living in the Hampshire County Council area who are at risk of going missing as a result of living with dementia or other memory loss illnesses. It was launched widely in January 2016, following a successful pilot scheme.
Hampshire Constabulary report that a review of the first year of this scheme shows that it can have a positive impact to people living with dementia. This technology is enabling independence and giving carers peace of mind. It also helps Police to quickly locate a missing person, who could be at real risk.
The scheme is an excellent example of how new innovations and partnerships are helping Hampshire support a growing elderly population. By sharing the expertise and knowledge gained through this project, and through work with the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Partnership on a nationally acclaimed telecare service, many thousands of elderly people are being supported to continue to live independently in their own homes.
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