New CARA app to help in safe return of lost persons with dementia

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Dementia Singapore launches CARA app. (PHOTO: Dementia Singapore)
Dementia Singapore launches CARA app. (PHOTO: Dementia Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Social service agency Dementia Singapore has launched a mobile app to provide personalised membership support across living and caring for dementia.

It said in a media release on Tuesday (23 November) that the app is called CARA - an acronym for Community, Assurance, Rewards, Acceptance, the four main functions of the support.

Through CARA, when a person with dementia gets lost or wanders from his home or family members, those who find him can scan the QR code on the CARA membership card and submit a report. 

The app's Safe Return function will then notify all the caregivers tagged to the person that he has been found. In addition, the public can also call the caregiver directly.

Besides this function, app users will also be able to sign up for a membership programme which provides the following:

  • Connected care circle: Multiple family members can link their CARA accounts to their loved ones living with dementia and receive safe-return notifications.

  • Tailored rewards: CARA members can enjoy benefits suited to their care journey such as discounts and priority privileges from selected partners.

  • Ecosystem of solutions: Members can access a curated list of solution providers relevant to their needs. CARA will also incorporate Dementia Singapore’s resource portal DementiaHub.SG.

Prior to CARA, caregivers of persons with dementia could apply for the Safe Return card, initiated by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) in 2008. This initiative will be decommissioned with the launch of CARA.

"What sets CARA apart from any dementia membership programmes in the world is the utilisation of technology to facilitate the safe return of a person living with dementia swiftly back to his or her family when things go wrong,” said Dementia Singapore chief executive officer Jason Foo.

Singapore residents who are living with dementia or are caregivers of a person living with dementia are eligible for the full CARA membership. Members of the public can also join the membership programme, albeit with limited access to certain CARA features.

CARA is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Download is free.

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