Oh, I do love it when a newspaper announces a technological use, and gets it wrong. I love it, because it happens so often…
Pensioners on mobility scooters could be tracked by satellite as part of radical plans to use technology to slash spending on social care. The scooters would be fitted with GPS systems – with relatives able to log on to the internet to pinpoint their loved one if they became lost, confused or upset.
As the readers of this blog will no doubt have spotted, fitting GPS to Grandad’s mobility scooter won’t actually tell you where Grandad is. It’ll tell you where Grandad’s mobility scooter is.
So, if you log on and see a little green tracking blip at the side of the local park’s lake, don’t assume Grandad’s feeding the ducks, bless his dear old heart. Because Grandad might be going down for the third time in the deep water with a mouthful of pondweed…
Council chiefs in Manchester are also looking at extending the practice of sending text messages to people with dementia to remind them to take medicine.
Fantastic idea! I can’t wait until they extend this to the paranoid schizophrenics!
“Hey, you! Yes, you! We’re watching you, you know….”