Can a simple plug help people with dementia stay independent for longer?

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A partnership between Alzheimer’s Society, Westfield Health and Sheffield Hallam University is investigating how a simple piece of technology – a 3rings plug – can support people who have recently been diagnosed with early stage dementia.

The 3rings smart plug connects household appliances with a messaging service that notifies family members if a person’s normal routine differs. 3rings works by sending emails and messages to the 3rings app and provides timely alerts by text or calls when changes in behaviour could be cause for concern. For example, 3rings will monitor daily actions such as watching television or making a cup of tea. This means that people can maintain their independence whilst simultaneously reassuring their loved ones they are safe.

Commenting on the new study Jill Davies, Chief Executive for Westfield Health said: 

“Living with a dementia related illness is challenging, whether you are the patient or a family carer. That is why we are proud to be part of this research to test whether a simple device could help support and provide further assurance. We are inviting people who have recently been diagnosed with a dementia related illness and are currently living independently to take part in this research which is being carried out by Sheffield Hallam University. The response data will be anonymised, and the programme governed by Sheffield Hallam University research ethics.”

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