August 07, 2017 in: GPS Systems for Tracking Seniors and Family Members with Dementia,
Alzheimer’s and Dementia are two of the most life-threatening diseases that a person could develop, not because the diseases put an end to your breath-supply, i.e. death, but because these diseases wipe away the memory of a person in such a way that even familiar faces and names become unknown. That’s not even the worst part. A person who suffers from Dementia not only forgets names and faces but places as well, which greatly compromises their ability to live a life that is independent and free.
For this reason, among many others, the family and caregivers of the sufferer are deeply affected too. Fear is always present because the sufferer is mostly unpredictable and disoriented. Often times, the sufferer may wander off to places that they already know, but won’t remember. This increases the risk of the person getting lost, and if they’re on their own, it’s a great cause of concern for the members of the family because finding their way back home is one of the greatest challenges for Dementia sufferers.
Technology Has Answers
Much to our relief, as science has progressed, technology has gone advanced too. In this day and age, it’s not possible to get lost especially with the multitude of GPS systems and tracking devices. Among the numerous tracking devices that are available to the common man, there are plenty of devices built entirely for the purpose of tracking down seniors with Dementia, who take off wandering on their own.
Here are a few life-saving location devices that serve the purpose incredibly:
This tracking mechanism offers a simple solution to the problem. The device is actually a watch that is designed exclusively to be worn by the person who suffers from Dementia. The company, Bluewater, offers a vast variety of tracking as well as surveillance gear. Their watches even feature a useful panic button, which when pressed tracks the senior immediately, sending the location to the caregivers or emergency contact person. The watch isn’t bulky in size and looks like an ordinary wristwatch.
Project Lifesaver has got their goals right. The company enrolls the sufferers in their program, after which they are handed a personal transmitter. This is mostly worn around the ankle. The specialty of this company’s device is that upon losing track of the senior, the transmitter notifies emergency contacts, caregivers as well as their own team of trained specialists to help find the wandering senior; the GPS system incorporated in the device indicates and forwards their exact location as well. Their main mission is “to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related condition or disorders.”
GPS Shoe & GPS Smart Sole
Both devices are designed by the same company, and much to our surprise, they have done very well for the purpose. Many people think that the idea of having someone who suffers from Dementia wear an additional accessory or device is bothersome because if the sufferer takes the device off, they are completely helpless. However, the GPS Shoe and Smart Sole are exactly what the name suggests – a shoe or sole that has a tracker attached to it. The comfort of this shoe and sole is exactly like an ordinary one. The best part about these two devices is that the location of the person wearing the shoe is updated every 30 minutes and is accessible over the web. However, the tracking devices need to be recharged every 48 hours.