Bernard’s Story

Meet Bernard

Bernard is an older gentleman who lives alone. Though he has recently been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, Bernard maintains that his illness does not impact his day to day life.

However, his family members – particularly his two adult daughters – are concerned that he is starting to forget to perform simple tasks required for the sake of his health and security. This includes eating and drinking at mealtimes and locking his flat’s external doors at night.

Bernard's Story

Meet Bernard

Bernard is an older gentleman who lives alone. Though he has recently been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, Bernard maintains that his illness does not impact his day to day life.

However, his family members – particularly his two adult daughters – are concerned that he is starting to forget to perform simple tasks required for the sake of his health and security. This includes eating and drinking at mealtimes and locking his flat’s external doors at night.

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How AVERio Helps

As both of Bernard’s daughters are busy working full-time with families of their own, they have found the AVERio app to be extremely useful. Before installing the sensors, they would call him throughout the day to ask if he had remembered to eat and drink, which Bernard often found patronising. However, they now feel reassured knowing he remains healthy and safe at home.

They can check whether Bernard is boiling the kettle regularly and can see if he is opening the fridge and food cupboards and using the microwave during mealtimes – all from a distance. This provides reassurance that he is eating and drinking during the day and at other times when they are unable to visit him. 

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Following a consultation with Bernard and his daughters, AVERio proposed the installation of movement sensors in the kitchen, to observe how much time Bernard spends preparing meals. This recommendation was alongside door sensors on the fridge and cupboards and plug sensors on the kettle and microwave.

Once Bernard realised how comforted his daughters felt being informed of his activities, and how little the sensors interfered with his day-to-day life, he was happy to have door sensors fitted to his front and back doors.

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How has this made a difference?

“Dad’s daily routine can differ – especially as his condition advances – and so having the ability to change the alerts to different times has really helped. We had initially set up AVERio alerts to tell us when the kettle, microwave, fridge, and cupboards weren’t being used, but we soon started noticing that Dad was beginning to have lunch at different times of the day. So, we set up an alert to let us know when they were in use instead, to avoid the ‘nagging’ phone calls questioning why he hadn’t eaten yet.

My sister and I can now have a conversation with Dad – without him feeling as if we are only calling him or going round to check that he is looking after himself properly. He is still in some denial about how his dementia is affecting his daily life, but he appreciates that we are concerned and no longer feels as though we are hassling him.”

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