Dementia Location Tracking
Dementia Location Tracking - Independence and Peace of Mind
Wandering is a common behaviour associated with some types of dementia, and assistive technologies such as location trackers can be used to support anyone prone to this behaviour. Other technologies that can help people with dementia to remain independent include dementia telecare devices for the home.
Wandering behaviours can have many associated risks, both emotional and physical for the person with dementia, and can also be deeply distressing for family and loved ones. Many people with dementia who are not found within one day, die or are severely hurt, yet carers are sometimes reluctant to call for help right away. The risk of admission to a care home also increases when a person with dementia gets lost.
The worry that a family member with dementia could get lost, can lead to a decision that remaining in their own home may no longer be an option. However, if the risk of getting lost is identified at an early stage, simple precautions such as dementia location tracking devices or other assistive technologies can help manage this. The GPS locators can ease family member's concern about the person they care for.
How do GPS locators work?
GPS location trackers are devices that use global positioning systems (GPS) to determine a person's location. The technology allows people to be found quickly, if they are missing or lost. As long as there is mobile coverage, people can be located anywhere in the world. TASK location trackers are equipped with a history/breadcrumb trail, meaning the last location and path of travel can be viewed, even if mobile cover temporaily goes down. TASK uses multi-network SIM cards to ensure that if one network goes down, another can be used.
TASK's Lola dementia location tracker - 24 hour peace of mind
The ‘Lola’ location tracker enables those who become disorientated or lost to be found quickly. It is a discreet device that can be attached to a keyring or kept around a person's neck. If a person becomes lost they can press the integrated SOS button, and have a two-way conversation with an call-handler in TASK's 24-hour CareLink™ monitoring centre, who can then log in and view the person's co-ordinates. A family member or carer can then be alerted, allowing a quick response. Alternatively, monitoring can be carried out directly by a family member, via an online web portal.
Lola GPS/GPRS Dementia Location Tracker