Caring for PR Scotland.
Bield has partnered with the City of Edinburgh Council to develop a system that allows people with dementia and other cognitive disorders the freedom to walk around safely through the use of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) locating devices.
News of the device was picked up in the Scottish Sun with it reporting on how the device triggers an alarm if the wearers wander off as part of the ‘Safer Walking’ trial run by Edinburgh University and care firm Bield.
Seven people are piloting the GPS Safe Walking project, which is being reviewed by researchers at Edinburgh University to determine how the service could be developed in the Capital and elsewhere in Scotland.
The device can be worn as a bracelet or carried in a pocket to let people with dementia have the freedom to get out and about whilst reducing risk.
Edinburgh University hopes to publish a study evaluating the experiences from the Safe Walking pilot in September.