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Protection from dementia's wanderlust

November 16, 2009
by Kevin Kolus
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As residents with cognitive impairment—and their wandering behavior—become more prevalent in the long-term care setting, worried families and facilities are looking toward technology to help foster peace of mind and safety. One such form of technology, known as radio-frequency identification, or RFID for short, monitors the location of an individual by placing a tiny transmitter on their body.

I was able to grab Kathie Vick, marketing manager of RF Technologies, last week at the AAHSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago for a brief discussion on RFID technology and how it relates to the long-term care industry. What is the purpose of RFID technology? Does it intrude on resident privacy? How should a facility go about implementing an RFID program? Watch the video to hear Vick’s responses and more.

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Kevin Kolus

Kevin Kolus


Kevin Kolus wrote for Long-Term Living when he was an editor. He left the brand in 2012...