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

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

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

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?'. Subscribe