Caring for a child or adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder and special needs often leaves caregivers worried about what could happen in the unpredictable moments of life.
From day-to-day changes of routine to stressful moments of emergency or crisis, these individuals need safety and compassion. But they often lack the ability to communicate calmly and clearly.
Vitals™ App was designed to support vulnerable people in these moments and offer their caregivers greater peace of mind. Our simple solution reduces the confusion of a crisis situation. Together, we create safer interactions and positive outcomes.
App for special needs families and caregivers
In 2017, the Vitals™ founders partnered with the Autism Society of Minnesota as we started our company and designed our approach. We also listened to a network of non-profits, families, caregivers and first responders. They have unique experiences caring for and serving vulnerable people. These guided our work to increase safety in the moments that matter most.
“This is something that gives me great comfort when sending my son out. And Vitals™ has given him more independence and the ability to get out without me having to worry about him,” says Paula B., a Vitals™ parent caregiver.
Many families and caregivers also must manage the added behavior risk of wandering, eloping and bolting. According to the National Autism Association, an estimated one out every 59 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Further, a 2012 study published in Pediatrics found that nearly half of children with ASD have a tendency to wander or bolt from a safe setting.
Many who wander or elope also lack the ability to communicate their name, address or phone number. This only further increases the stress and worry of families and caregivers trying to protect the person in their care.
Tips to keep people with ASD safe if they wander
Do you care for someone who is at risk of wandering? These practical steps from Autism Speaks will help you increase care and keep people with ASD safe in your daily life.
- Secure your home. There are many options to make it more difficult for someone to leave your home or yard. A professional locksmith, security company or home improvement pro can be a valuable resource as you consider how to manage safety and prevention in your home.
- Use a medical ID and/or tracking device. Technology can increase both safety and peace of mind. The Vitals™ App digital medical ID and Beacon provide emergency responders details about the wanderer, in real time.
- Alert local first responders. When emergency personnel know key information about the person in your care, they are better able to help. With the Vitals™ App, you can make sure officers will instantly receive information about invisible conditions, de-escalation tips, emergency contacts, medications and much more.
- Focus on water safety. Drowning is the most common cause of death when special needs children bolt or wander. Many YMCAs offer swimming lessons for people with special needs. If you have a pool, remove toys from the water and surrounding area when the pool is not being used, and always secure the gate.
The Vitals™ App team is committed to helping families, caregivers and individuals create safer communities for every person. Explore our subscription services to find a solution that will bring you the greatest peace of mind.