The community-based Not For Profit is working with a Melbourne-based technology company IotTag to develop new ways to manage residents with early onset dementia – and they’ve come up with an innovative solution.
IRT established its Resident Safety Project Team in 2017 to look at new ways it would be able to provide dementia care for residents prone to wandering between sites.
IotTag – which specialises in wandering management, falls detection and staff and visitor tracking –was engaged as a partner in the project based on the company’s ‘NutTag’ product designed to locate missing physical items such as keys and bags.
IRT subsequently worked with IotTag to develop a customer system which involved hardware to track patient movements and a staff app/portal.
The project was tested in a Proof of Concept (PoC) at IRT’s Woonona and Kangara Waters sites, and is now fully operational at Kangara Waters.
The next phase will involve further roll-outs and once the solution is in place at select sites, IotTag will develop a generic version that will be available to the general public and other providers.