Museums use lasers and other sensing devices to protect valuable art and artifacts. Nursing homes in Kentucky and elsewhere also have technology available to them to protect their precious charges.
Wandering and elopement—leaving the property without supervision—have long been of concern to nursing home staff. When cognitively impaired residents leave a supervised environment, they are at risk of suffering harm or even dying. This opens up safety, reputation, and liability issues for the nursing home.
Radio Frequency Products
Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities use radio frequency identification, or RFID, products to keep their cognitively impaired residents safe. Residents wear a pendant or a wrist or ankle band with a transmitter. The transmitter tags can be read by antenna units that are installed at doors or hallway entrances considered likely “escape routes” or that lead to unsafe areas of the building. The system may then temporarily lock a door or set off an alarm, as well as notify staff by pager or email. A smaller version of the system is available for private residences.
Advancements in RFID
The RFID system has evolved to include new capabilities. It may
- identify a resident using the RFID tag, and forward this information to staff;
- send staff the resident’s last known location;
- bring up a photo of the resident, and show his or her location on a map;
- track the details of incidents, including frequency, times, and locations; and
- tie in with other access-control systems, as well as HVAC, fire alarm, and phone equipment.
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