Safety in their own home is a central theme for people with dementia and their families. According to people with dementia and their relatives safety is one important functionality of technology. Safety is a prerequisite for maintaining independence and is especially important in the early stages of dementia. When first signs of forgetting arise and people question the organization of their future life, technical solutions can help to ensure that the person can stay longer at home and that informal caregivers are relieved of some of their burden.

The trial SAFETY investigates the development of safety solutions for people with dementia to remain in their homes longer. Through this study we will generate insights about the usefulness and performance of such solutions. On a short to mid-term basis we are testing whether a basic system several components can improve the living environment of people with early stage dementia. The components comprise the following:

  • Emergency button with fall detection
  • Movement sensor (incl. temperature sensor)
  • Stove surveillance with alarm function
  • Remote-controlled power outlets to switch devices or light on/off
  • Water sensor with alarm function

On the long term we will investigate if these components are sufficient or have to be extended to ensure safety for people with dementia.


Further informationen and downloads for this study are in the download area (only in German).


Mirco Kern
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Department of Electrical Engineering
Josef-Gockeln-Straße 9
40474 Düsseldorf


Prof. Dr. Manuela Weidekamp-Maicher
University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
40225 Düsseldorf


Hochschule Düsseldorf Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen