GPS Tracking Watches for the Elderly
The Alzheimer’s Store now carries the best GPS tracking watches for those living with dementia. In order for a GPS watch to be appropriate for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, a locking clasp is recommended. Most of our GPS tracking watches have locking clasps and are packaged at the lowest GPS watch price on the internet.
We have arranged for your service to be conducted directly with the manufacturer. Any questions both before purchasing and after can be answered directly by the manufacturer’s representative. Please look at all the options and compare and choose the GPS tracking watch that best meets your needs.
While the best price for each product can only be found on our site, you will activate and pay your annual service contract directly with the manufacturer’s service center.
The location device technology with GPS tracking has introduced a new way for caregivers and families to prevent wandering emergencies with loved ones.
Tracking devices for patients using GPS (global positioning system) are assistive technologies that can help to promote safe walking by alerting caregivers when a person with dementia wanders outside of a defined area, plus providing the geographic coordinates of that person so they can be found more easily and quickly. Mobility and the freedom to walk outdoors are important for maintaining quality of life for the patient. Wandering can provide beneficial physical exercise, a sense of personal autonomy, and social contact.The involvement of people with dementia in activities outside of the home can also relieve some of the stress of their caregivers. But as their disease progresses and memory becomes impaired, people with dementia may become lost, even in familiar places. As a result, individuals with dementia can go missing or experience critical incidents when they leave home alone and are unable to find their way back.
People with memory loss may also become lost while driving or taking public transit — where a much larger territory may need to be covered in a search to find them. Patients with dementia who wander are at increased risk of injury or death from traffic accidents, hypothermia, dehydration, falls, fractures, and drowning. Dementia patients also impose a financial burden on family caregivers incurring substantial healthcare and societal cost, such as police and emergency response services to help search for missing people.
GPS Tracking Watches:
- May reduce the time required to find missing individuals with dementia and the costs associated with search and rescue operations.
- May increase the independence, autonomy, and freedom of some people with early- to moderate-stage dementia, and reduce caregiver anxiety and stress.
- May help caregivers and emergency responders to quickly locate and ensure the safety of people who wander.
- Make people with dementia feel more secure and allow them to be more independent.
- Provide reassurance and relieve caregiver anxiety. Wandering adds more confusion to the lives of those already dealing with a disorienting disease, and leads many people with Alzheimer’s or dementia into unsafe situations.
GPS tracking devices for dementia are an increasingly affordable option for families and caregivers trying to make wandering safer. However not everyone with dementia wanders or might benefit from a GPS tracking watch. While the devices may be useful to individuals in the earlier stages of dementia — and to their caregivers — for those with an advanced stage, unsupervised walking may not be safe.
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If you have any questions about the best option for the patient or loved one in your life, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-752-3238.