Frome care worker clips on to bright idea to aid elderly
A CARE worker at Rossetti House care home in Frome has invented a clip which helps elderly people identify their mobility aids and stay safe when out and about.
Adeline Dalley is the brains behind Mediclipz – a simple plastic clip which attaches to walking frames, sticks and wheel chairs.
The clip has proved so successful at the new home on Welshmill Lane that it has now been rolled out across Gracewell's other care homes throughout the UK.
Senior carer Adeline said: "I've worked in care for more than 16 years and people were always mixing up their mobility aids because the basic sticky labels they used to identify them fell off.
"Also, and more importantly, when individuals living with dementia became confused they would often discard ID badges – but never their walking frame. It struck me that if we could keep people's details on their mobility aids, then it was a safe and quick way to know who someone was if they went missing."
Adeline's solution was to design the Mediclipz, which snaps onto mobility aids easily, but is hard to remove.
Made from plastic, it is hardwearing, washable, and hygienic.
Each clip is inscribed with details such as name, house or room number, and any allergies or conditions, so if someone collapses or goes missing, paramedics have immediate details.
And with growing numbers of dementia patients, Adeline has also produced special yellow Mediclipz, as yellow is the last colour to fade from memory.
It took Adeline three months to come up with a working model, testing several versions, before she produced a clip she knew would cope with daily use.
Now she and her husband Andrew are making the clips at home and selling them nationwide.
Each clip costs £9, with £1 being donated to the local Alzheimer's Support charity. Find out more at www.adzcre ations.com