Technology in nursing homes: E-tagging of seniors boosts safety but is it dignified?

At least three nursing homes and a senior care centre in Singapore have been tracking the movement of seniors within their facilities by tagging them with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, similar to the technology used to track animals.
At least three nursing homes and a senior care centre in Singapore have been tracking the movement of seniors within their facilities by tagging them with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, similar to the technology used to track animals.ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Some patients with dementia are prone to wandering and may get lost if not monitored

Patients at some nursing homes here are being tagged and their movements tracked round the clock, in a controversial practice that has drawn mixed reactions.

At least three nursing homes and a senior care centre in Singapore have been tracking the movement of seniors within their facilities by tagging them with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, similar to the technology used to track animals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'E-tagging of seniors boosts safety but is it dignified?'. Print Edition | Subscribe