GPS trackers are a great and convenient way to track loved ones with Alzheimer’s who have a tendency to wander but may not yet be in the stage of needing full time care, one hundred percent of the time. As we know Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that erases a patient’s memory and causes immense distress for the families who are constantly worrying what the patient may be getting up to and where they are. Eventually, twenty-four-hour care may become necessary but until that point is reached families do try to find other solutions which with the right encouragement, can enable the patient to continue living in their own home with their pets or loved ones and their familiar surroundings.
If the patient has taken to wandering and possibly getting confused and lost, then there are some modern solutions to keep track of them. Most of them use some form of GPS to trace the patient.
The first one can be attached to the sufferers clothing and can only be removed by a caregiver. It will track the user’s activities and comings and goings. It will tell you where they are at certain times of the day and sends an instant alert if the individual has gone somewhere where they don’t usually go. It is also a way that you can check up that your loved one got to the appointment or place where they needed to be at the time they should be there, which you can check in real time in case you need to resolve the situation and locate them and get them to their appointment. If you have to work it can take out a lot of the stress of such meetings.
There are similar things available; one of which fits into the sole of the shoe of the patient and again GPS technology will do the rest. There are also bracelets available for the individual to wear and these bracelets will be able to be tracked by the police once they are called when the patient has gone missing. The bracelet also has a dual function as it will explain to others the situation regarding the individual who is lost, and it will also explain any other medical concerns or issues that they have such as diabetes or heart problems.
There are also professional associations who run projects whereby the tracker will alert them if an individual goes missing and they are trained to respond and find them and again they will be aware of any other medical complaints that the individual may have that may well need addressing, especially if they have been missing for some time. Some of the devices that you can now get will, in real time, send information to your phone about the whereabouts of the individual you are concerned for and they will also send their position, current speed and the direction in which they are heading, the latter of which is very important for their tracking down and safe return.