(2013), "Zimmer frame tracing device maintains independence for dementia sufferers and other vulnerable adults", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 14 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA.55914caa.005Download as .RIS
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Zimmer frame tracing device maintains independence for dementia sufferers and other vulnerable adults
Article Type: News and events From: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Volume 14, Issue 3.
A simple plastic identification clip, which changed the lives of residents with dementia at a Wiltshire care home, is now set to maintain the safety and independence of people with dementia, Alzheimer's and other memory or communication impairing illnesses, across the UK. Invented by senior care home carer, Adeline Dalley, the instantly recognisable Mediclipz identification tag can be attached to the handle of any mobility device, zimmer frame, walking stick and crutch. It is hoped that it will become as familiar as the medical alert systems currently available for people with critical medical conditions as Britain continues to become more dementia friendly.
The hard to remove, waterproof tag carries the contact numbers of the owner's carers and their emergency medical details, ensuring that if they do become disorientated, lost or unwell when away from their home environment, they can be assisted by the general public or emergency services as appropriate.
Adeline has been caring for elderly people for 16 years and explained why she decided there was a need for such an invention: "The Mediclipz is a very simple idea, but a life changing one for many. For a person with a memory impairing illness it means that they can continue to live relatively independently and enjoy a good quality of life with the assurance for themselves and their family that if they were to become confused or in need that help can quickly be at hand".
Mrs Dalley has a patent pending for the Mediclipz. The labels come in white or yellow, which is often the last colour that someone with dementia can recognise. The clips also fit many brands of scooters and bikes for children. It costs £9, with £1 of the price being donated to Alzheimer's Support in Trowbridge. Available at: http://www.adzcreations.com or by calling 07938356045.