Barcode for dementia sufferers created by Conwy man moved by neighbour's plight.
(ICE In Case of Emergency)
Philip Bellis from Llandudno has come up with in case of emergency (ICE) sticker labels which will put people in touch with the families of vulnerable neighbours
A man whose neighbour could not contact her family due to her dementia has come up with an idea to make sure families never lose touch.
Philip Bellis, from Llandudno, was alerted by an elderly neighbour who had severe dementia that her husband had not got up from bed.
When he went to investigate, he found that her husband had passed away.
“The police and coroner were called but the problem was she could not remember the contact details for her daughters," he said.
"It was very upsetting for everyone involved.
“I went through her husband’s phone book and just couldn’t find anything.”
Luckily, a contact for the woman’s family was eventually found, but the incident got Mr Bellis thinking about the problem and he decided to do something about it.
Mr Bellis’ solution was to design a “Call Me For Help” sticker label that can supply the emergency services or neighbours with contact information.
He designed a sticker to be placed on the outside of a window pane which has a Quick Response code on it containing information about the house owner.
Concerned neighbours, police, ambulance and postmen can scan the Quick Response code and phone the stored contacts.
The only details that are displayed on the weather resistant sticker labels are the resident’s name or house or flat number and two contact names with their relationship status and phone number.
It can be scanned from any free QR Code reader purchased from the App Store or Android Store.
“It would be so helpful if people had this sticker on the outside of their residence to allow anyone with concerns to make contact with the next of kin,” added Mr Bellis.
”I have been working on this for about two or three months, but I think it’s a simple solution to what is going to be a growing problem.
"There are 7.7 million people living on their own and that is just going to go up as the population ages.
“This will provide peace of mind to the families of dementia sufferers who want to use these codes.”
Elderly people interested in the stickers do not need to be too tech-savvy to use them.
Once the sticker is ordered online, the QR Reader does not require the internet to display the contact information.