A MONITORING SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

A MONITORING SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

CHALLENGE

According to World Health Organization (WHO), over 1 billion people are estimated to experience disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population, with up to 190 million (3.8%) people aged 65 years and older having significant difficulties in functioning, often requiring health care services. The number of people experiencing disability is increasing due to a rise in chronic health conditions and population ageing. 

It is clear that people with disabilities have more problems in their daily routine than one can imagine. They can be exposed to different injuries or accidents leading to potentially fatal consequences. Ageing contributes to the global issues of people with disabilities – the elderly are those who are most prone to the issues caused by disability. More than 46 per cent of older persons – those aged 60 years and over— have disabilities, and more than 250 million older people experience moderate to severe disability.

There are different types of disabilities, each of them accounts for particular problems and risks. For example, people with physical disabilities are, of course, vulnerable in mobility-related situations. Falls have become the leading cause of injury-related-deaths; and a public health concern, particularly among the ageing population. Statistics speak for themselves – 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 or more falls each year, while every 19 minutes, an elderly person dies from a fall-related issue. Now, think about those who are disabled and face domestic problems while living alone.

According to the research of Rowe et al. (2011), the majority of people who leave their homes or nursing homes get lost and thus put themselves into unfavourable situations. Meanwhile, people with mental disabilities like Dementia or Alzheimer’s are exposed to even bigger dangers. As Pomerantz (2006) points out that 40% of people living with dementia get lost. In the USA, 6 out of 10 those people are reported to be injured due to falls or traffic incidents. The latest data suggest that the rate of violent victimization against persons with disabilities (46.2 per 1,000) is almost four times the rate for persons without disabilities (12.3 per 1,000). 

The worrying facts above suggest that one of the solutions to ensure the safety of disabled people is remote monitoring with GPS tracking. At Teltonika Telemedic, we have come up with a solution to help the affected people.

SOLUTION

The elderly monitoring solution (TMT 250) is perfectly suitable for people with disabilities. First, the device constantly monitors the location of a person, so if he leaves for a walk or somewhere else outside of his apartment, there is no risk for him to get lost since all the data is transmitted to the online platform.   Secondly, if a person feels unwell, he clicks on a conveniently-installed alarm button on the tracker and activates an emergency scenario. With a click of the button, instant notification would be sent to the online platform. Therefore, nursing home staff or relatives would be informed about the situation instantly.

Persons with physical disabilities can face the situation of falling down, and our tracker can automatically detect it with Man-Down feature. This means that if a person falls off a chair, a bed, or off the toilet seat, the alert will still be sent out. Similarly, the emergency alert will be delivered in case there is no movement detected.

There is another part of the solution involving GH5200, the other personal tracker of Teltonika Mobility. If there is a person with TMT250 and a carer who has GH5200, instant notifications about any worrying scenario (fall, no-movement, SOS alarm) would be delivered straight to GH5200. Therefore, a carer wearing GH5200 would be able to react to emergencies in a short time. 

Topology

Topology (WITH GH5200)

BENEFITS

Featured product Elders monitoring solution

Teltonika TMT250 is an AUTONOMOUS personal tracker with GNSS, GSM and Bluetooth connectivity.

ip67

Classifies the degree of protection against solid objects and water

bluetooth

Bluetooth for external devices and Low Energy sensors

man-down

Man-down feature. Used to detect fall down event

alarm-button

Alarm button immediately sends notification in case of emergency