A community minded app that’s helping people look out for their neighbours. Purple Alert is a missing persons service for people with dementia that allows the community to help if someone with dementia is missing. The service uses an app to share information at the point of crisis and allows for eyes and ears on the ground immediately helping with the search. Top of the list in the challenges identified by people living with dementia is the desire to maintain independence for as long as possible and to continue to get out and about safely. There are a number of technologies that can help with this e.g. personal alarms, door sensors and GNSS devices, however they rely on wearable technology or interventions in the home, and both options can be expensive and/or intrusive. Our answer to this is Purple Alert, a free app designed by people living with dementia and carers.
Purple Alert can give reassurance to families and carers who are concerned about the safety of loved ones living with dementia. The app is intended to complement other services and products available and we would always recommend looking at the full range of options and considering what is in the best interests of the person with dementia.