For the past 2 years I've been developing a product that I hope will keep those living with dementia safer.
My mum's cared for people with dementia for the past 15 years. It's her experiences and stories that inspired me to create a simple, affordable product to help with the problem of wandering: a dangerous and common side effect of the disease.
The Proximity Button (pictured above) is a small magnetic badge that is worn by a loved one. Connected to the carer's iPhone or Android device, Proximity alerts them when the person with dementia wearing the Button wanders too far. The carer can instantly receive and react to the alerts wherever they are. Proximity is the simplest way to keep loved ones out of harms way.
I believe that everyone should have the ability to protect the people they care about the most. We approached the product and user experience of Proximity with the following principles in mind: simplicity, discretion and affordability. The Button is not a tracking device and therefore doesn't rely on expensive technology. Our sole aim with the Button is to warn carer's to wandering. If a loved one is wearing the Button and they leave the carer's side, they will know about it far quicker than if they weren't wearing it. Simple.
On 6th June my crowdfunding campaign is going live on Indiegogo. I’m trying to raise £14,000 to be able to manufacture Proximity. Fingers crossed it will rally support and I can get my product to those who need it.
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