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German nursing facility installs WLAN-based locating and emergency call system for dementia patients

Ekahau : 01 February, 2013  (Application Story)
The adams and weber, an experienced IT-system house in the Rhine-Mosel region of Germany, is collaborating with Ekahau to install a WLAN-based locating and emergency call system at Josef-Ecker-Stift, a senior-citizens home and nursing facility in Neuwied, Germany.


The system monitors the movements of the home's residents and, whenever danger threatens, it enables the care staff to speedily intervene and thus prevent accidents.



Josef-Ecker-Stift in Neuwied places great importance on giving its residents - despite their dementia - the privilege to move freely and independently throughout the building, while simultaneously protecting them against potential accidents and dangers, for example, falling in a stairwell. Josef-Ecker-Stift's Director Siegfried Hartinger therefore sought a location system that would assist the home's care staff with their work and speedily notify them whenever danger threatens. He opted for Ekahau's RTLS Real-time Location System. Ekahau collaborated with the adams and weber to install the emergency-call and location system at Josef-Ecker-Stift toward the end of 2012.



The system monitors the movements of the home's residents and indicates the direction in which each person is heading. It also monitors residents with limited mobility, for example, people who rely on walkers. The system locates the Ekahau wristband tags which the residents wear 24-hours a day, and continually notifies the care staff of each resident's momentary location. This makes the caregivers' work easier because it immediately notifies them whenever a resident approaches a danger zone, for example, a stairwell, giving the staff ample time to come to the resident's assistance. It also helps the staff avoid unnecessary footsteps because each caregiver knows exactly where in the building he or she needs to go to find the resident who needs assistance. The location system grants new freedoms to both the home's residents and their caregivers because staff members no longer need to constantly keep an eye on dementia patients.  



"We can strongly increase protection for our residents with the location system that was collaboratively installed by the adams and weber and Ekahau. Our staff is very satisfied with this system because it makes their daily work easier, helps them avoid unnecessary walking and enables them to speedily provide assistance whenever an emergency arises," said Siegfried Hartinger, Director of the nursing home.



Staff members are likewise equipped with Ekahau B4 Wi-Fi pagers, which they can use to transmit an alarm from any location throughout the entire building. Previously, alarms could be triggered only from individual, immobile, emergency switches. The new portable pagers let staff trigger an alarm and summon a colleague without having to abandon a resident and hasten to an emergency switch located elsewhere.


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