IoT could help seniors with dementia

The internet of things is also, in part, the internet of people, particularly in the plans of an Ontario-based chain of retirement homes and long-term care facilities called Schlegel Villages.

The company, which is based in Kitchener, Ontario, designs its facilities to be less institutional-looking and more friendly, preferring to call them “villages.” But it’s got a problem to deal with, one all too common to the elderly – dementia.

According to Schlegel’s IT director, Chris Carde, it’s a serious issue.

“It’s crazy with dementia – some of them can remember the [door-lock] code to get out, but can’t remember anything else,” he said, noting that a confused senior wandering out into a southern Ontario winter can be a serious, even fatal, incident.