What is a Dementia Buddy Tag?
Many people living with the symptoms of dementia still remain semi-independent with the support of spouses, family members, friends, neighbours, charities, local authorities and the community in general. There are more than 525,000 people in the UK diagnosed with dementia who live at home and maintain a degree of independence despite their condition.
A Dementia Buddy Tag helps people with dementia remain independent, but safe, within the community by providing people living with dementia with NFC enabled wristbands, badges and hang tags. The tags are to be used as a safety net for people with dementia as they go about their day to day life.
The devices are encoded with the individual's first name and an emergency contact number, which can be clicked and called when scanned with a mobile phone, if they do become lost or disorientated.
To scan a Dementia Buddy Tag simply enable the NFC on your mobile phone and tap the back of the phone against the tag and it should register, the NFC antenna is in different places on different handsets so you may have to try a couple of times to find the correct spot on your particular phone.