Helpful hints to make tricky jobs very easy!

Helpful hints to make tricky jobs very easy!

Here is a great Facebook page called Nifty with loads of videos on how make jobs that seem tricky, very easy.

For example, if the string on your hoodie gets pulled out, you never get around to fixing it because it seems so difficult to fix. Not so, check this video out on how to do it in 1 or 2 minutes with a straw and a stapler!

Dropped your mobile phone or your Liberty Watch Phone in water?  try out this trick to dry it. It is included in a video called 6 Ways To Use Silica Gel Packets.  Don’t throw out those shoe box silica gel packets! Try these six clever uses in your home.  This hint suggests you collect those small gel packets that come with almost every pair of shoes you buy, prepacked furniture and anything else you buy that the manufacturer is concerned might get moist.

The packet has a warning on it so everyone thinks they are dangerous but the warning is just to tell you to be careful as your children might choke on the packet.  Because we tend to read the writing that is in bold and ignore the rest, we all assume these packets are dangerous or harmful.

These packets can be used to help you dry out your mobile phone if it gets wet and to dry out other items. If so many manufacturers are using these packets to keep their products free of moisture, they must work.  These packets are the first thing I throw away but now I am going to keep them.

There are so many jobs that go undone because they seem more difficult to deal with than they are.  Scroll down Nifty’s Facebook page to see how easy some jobs are.  I like the one where to whisk eggs you attach a egg whisk to a power drill and let the drill do all the work.

Happy Watching.

The WatchOvers Team

Staying out of hospital when you have dementia

Staying out of hospital when you have dementia. 

The people at Unforgettable have produced a very helpful guide to help people to stay out of hospital when you have dementia.

It informs you of what you need to know about avoiding a hospital admission (and staying in the best of health).  It covers common causes of hospital admissions, how to spot them, how to prevent them, how to manage them.  Click here to download this Free e-book and take a minute to give them a review if you are happy with it.

James from Unforgettable shares his experience below and his website is a great source for information and products. Well worth checking out.

Mum was one of the lucky ones. During her dementia journey she was only admitted to hospital once, but I know many others aren’t quite so fortunate. Being away from home can be very confusing for a person with dementia. It’s very upsetting for their family, too. So is there a way to avoid it? When I posed this question to Danielle Wilde, Dementia Lead at the Royal Free Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust, her answer was both comforting and heartening. There’s lots you can do to prevent some of the most common causes of hospital admissions, she told me.

I’m delighted to say that Danielle has agreed to share her deep and impressive knowledge and experience with Unforgettable, resulting in the compilation of this eBook. We hope that it helps you feel better equipped to keep the person that you love safe, healthy and away from the hospital for as long as possible. I wish I had access to this when I was caring for my mum.

About the Author

Danielle is an Occupational Therapist with 10 years’ experience working in dementia care and neurology. In 2013, she led a Health Foundation project targeting length of stay and avoidable admissions for patients with dementia in hospital. The project achieved excellent outcomes, has been reported in national and international journals and conferences, and has been cited as an example of best practice by NHS England and Healthwatch. Based on the outcomes of the project, Danielle developed a methodology for acute hospital dementia care, “CAPER”, which was shortlisted for two national awards in 2015. As Dementia Lead, Danielle has strategic, operational, clinical and educational responsibilities for one of the country’s largest foundation Trusts, Royal Free London, employing over 10,000 staff members.

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

It is great to get a product review of our WatchOvers Liberty watch phone from a technology manager dealing with assistive care.  Here is what Chris had to say:

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

Firstly. Thank you for providing the opportunity to trial your gps watch. Below is a brief report based on my observations, experience and subsequent thoughts.

Set up out of the box

Set up instructions were simple to follow for a lay person. No real issue here. The paper instructions and smart phone app were easy to negotiate.

Charging

No problem here. A good solid usb connection. Charge duration and subsequent battery life was consistent with other similar devices.

Wearing

Strap is comfortable. Options to change a strap for a conventional replacement or locking strap would be good. (despite sacrificing colour coordination – this one was lime green)!

Style

(Putting aside the colour) the watch was worn prominently without mention from any one as to what it was. This is a major plus as a barrier to adoption of any device is when it brings attention to a problem; becoming a badge of disability! Authenticity as ‘just a watch’ would be strengthened with a permanent time display on the screen. This would also be highly practical from a wearer’s perspective for day to day watch use.

Raising an alert

The button on the right side is quite small, though prominent enough to press.  Difficult to say how easy a person with memory issues (dementia) or dexterity issues would have pressing it for the desired time. Not a design gripe, just an obvious observation.

Two way speech

The communication was very clear.

App

As stated this was easy to install and easy enough to use. Alerts from the watch came through quickly and the map reference was highly accurate.

However on a couple of occasions when sending a location request from the smart phone the map loaded to show a world map before zoning into a correct location after some time. This was a little disconcerting! It would be better that no map was shown until a location was found.

Low battery notifications were very helpful.

Bespoke messages

I really liked the ability to send message prompts from app to watch for given times. This was a hidden gem; in itself a really useful feature with potential.

Summary

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Inconspicuous
  • Good notifications
  • Highly accurate gps pinpointing
  • Message facility

Cons

  • Inability to change strap (minor point)
  • No permanent time display

Conclusion

I would have no problem recommending this product to an appropriate end user. The various colour options do lend it to the target market (children), but I can see this colour choice being desirable to adults too. So long as the person will wear it (bearing in mind our usual target market is persons with dementia) the carer has an easy to use and accurate means to locate and communicate with a person.

Having a watch is a step forward from pendant type devices on the market. However well designed these pendants still carry some stigma of ‘disability’, and may be less likely to be on the person.

Chris M.  Assistive Technology Manager UK

Effective Ways To Secure Your Home And Keep Your Family Safe From Intruders

Effective Ways To Secure Your Home And Keep Your Family Safe From Intruders

It is essential, in this day and age, to do all you can to make your home prowler-proof, not only to stop them from stealing your belongings, but also for the safety of you and your family. Following are some simple yet effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe from intruders.

  • Make sure that your home looks occupied at all times, by leaving a pair of shoes outside your front door, and leaving lights and the television on when you go out
  • Trim bushes and trees surrounding the outside of your house to eliminate hiding spaces for would-be burglars
  • Get a dog. According to the police, having a dog, no matter what size or breed, is a huge deterrent for intruders
  • Know your neighbours. Good neighbours will take note of any unusual activities at your home, and can collect your post and put out your bin when you’re away from home
  • Keep all outside doors locked, even when you’re at home
  • Make sure that all windows and doors are locked before you leave your home or go to bed.
  • Don’t leave spare keys under your mat or in other obvious hiding places outside your house. If possible, leave them with a neighbour instead

Lighting

This is one of the most effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe, so make sure that all entry points to your home, pathways, and driveways are well lit at night, and install motion sensors outside your house

Use a variety of lights with timers indoors, and stagger the times they switch on and off, so that your house appears occupied all the time. These lights are great for when you are out working late, or if you’re away on holiday.

Windows and doors

These are the most common ways for intruders to gain entry to your home, so make sure to:

  • Have only solid core doors at all entrances
  • Place a metal or wooden bar along the bottom track of all windows and sliding doors to prevent them from being forced open
  • Fit deadlocks to external doors
  • Make sure to have your keys with you every time you leave home
  • If you can’t see your front porch from inside the house, install a peephole in your front door
  • Install security screens to all external doors
  • If your front door has a glass inset, make sure to reinforce them with security window sheeting to stop intruders from shattering the glass to open the door
  • Windows can be reinforced with security sheeting, security screens, or roller shutters

Other than all the above, installing an alarm system and a motion-sensor video camera, are also exceptionally effective ways to secure your home and keep your family safe from intruders.

 

6 Ways To Prevent A Dementia Patient From Wandering

6 Ways To Prevent A Dementia Patient From Wandering – Taking care of a dementia patient is not easy, especially since they tend to wander sometimes. This can become extremely overwhelming for a caregiver. Every noise at night is a worry to them, in case the patient has gone wandering off somewhere. Taking the patient out is also terrifying. If the caregiver does not keep an eye on the patient all the time, there is always a chance that he/she could get lost, or wander off somewhere and get hurt. Knowing how to prevent a dementia patient from wandering can prevent a lot of anxiety for the caregiver, and will do a lot to keep the patient safe at all times.

It’s impossible for a caregiver to keep an eye on a dementia patient every second of the day, however, since they are only human, and there will be times when they simply can’t stop the person from wandering.

The following are 6 ways to prevent a dementia patient from wandering, not only to keep him/her safe, but to boost the confidence of the caregiver, and reduce their stress levels as well.

  • Make sure the home is secure to prevent wandering. Doors and windows should have locks that the patient is unable to open easily. Depending on the situation, bars can be installed on windows too. Strategically-placed motion detectors or bells hung on doorknobs, will alert the caregiver if an outer door is opened.
  • Although it won’t prevent wandering, the patient should always carry some form of identification, such as a medical ID, an identifying label sewn into their clothing, or a temporary tattoo showing the patient’s medical condition and the caregiver’s phone number.
  • Dressing the patient in bright clothing will help a lot to see him/her from a distance, should they go wandering in a crowd. The patient’s home should be surrounded by a high fence with security gates, so that he/she can get some fresh air outside in the garden.
  • Tracking devices, in the form of transmitters fitted into jewellery items, are one of the 6 ways to prevent a dementia patient from wandering that are most effective. Some are short-range, and designed in such a way that the caregiver can monitor the patient’s whereabouts, and some have an alarm that goes off on both the item of jewellery as well as a base unit, should the patient wander too far.
  • Inform the patient’s neighbours as to his/her condition, tell them about the patient’s tendency to wander, and give them the caregiver’s number, with clear instructions to contact the caregiver, should they see the patient wandering outside by him/herself.
  • One of the easiest ways to prevent a dementia patient from wandering at night, is to find out if they are hungry or thirsty when they go to bed. If so, then simply leaving a few crackers and a glass of water or juice next to their bed should keep them settled through the night and stop them from wandering.

 

 

Don’t Become A Statistic! With GPS tracking

Have you ever had that cold chill while your kids were playing outside; that moment when you realize you can’t see them anymore? Have you ever had a minor heart attack at a shopping mall when they leave your field of vision? This is probably when you found yourself wishing that you could track your child.

As a parent, your children’s safety is your every waking moment’s top priority. How many parents even struggle to trust that their children are safe at school anymore? It is a sad truth, but in today’s society, we can never have enough security when it comes to our children. A blink of an eye is all it takes and then there is next to nothing you can do to get that second back.

We need to step up our game and find new ways to ensure that we start taking back control over how we protect our kids, by finding ways that we know we will be in control when they are away from us. We are not superheroes and we can’t bend time or travel at the speed of light, but we can take tracking our children’s movements into our control.

With WatchOvers cutting edge technology, you can now track your children every minute of the day. The high-tech software that runs these kids GPS watches, let’s you know when they leave their programmed safe zone as well as when they re-enter it. You can pull up a tracking map to see when and where they have been, as well as communicate remotely via the built in SIM cards.

We understand that safety in today’s world is next to non-existent, and we know how hard it is to maintain any form of a watchful eye over our little-loved ones. We have taken those concerns and created a new innovative way to remotely keep them safe. It signals to your phone when they need to be recharged and you set alarms such as “come home for dinner”.  Of course you can now also call them directly or they can call you should something urgent arise.

These are all aspects we as parents at WatchOvers understand are necessary measures to ensure your piece of mind, and that of the little ones, who will know that they can make contact and be contacted at any given time.

That is not all we have taken into account with our tracking watches; for all intents and purposes watch is a fashion item, so we have designed these GPS watches in colors to suit all those little ones trending tastes.

 

 

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Best Wishes

The WatchOvers Team