Most people with dementia wander at some point during the progression of the disease. Changes in the brain can cause confusion even in familiar places. At the same time, people with dementia should have the opportunity to move about as freely and independently as possible. The balance between independence and safety is delicate.
In itself, wandering is not harmful and when done in a safe environment, can be a healthy outlet for a person with dementia. By determining what may be contributing to wandering, you may be able to identify the triggers and find ways to make it safer.
In addition to learning about wandering, you can consider electronic locating devices. These tools follow a person's movements and identify his location. No device or system can guarantee that a person with dementia will not get lost or that he will be found. But you may decide to use one to keep him safer.
Please note: the field of locating devices is highly technical and detailed. Also, the equipment used to support some of these devices (e.g., a computer) may not be practical or readily available for some people.
However, with Osmile ED1000 GPS tracker, you could track the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia easily.
When you are deciding whether to use a locating device, consider the benefits, drawbacks and, safety needs. Keep in mind his lifelong values and wishes about personal freedom and dignity, independence and safety. How do you think she would feel about locating and/or other monitoring devices? Many Alzheimer Societies strongly encourages people recently diagnosed with dementia and their family members to have these discussions early as part of planning for the future.
Here are a few questions to help you consider whether a Osmile ED1000 GPS locating device is right for the person:
Some people may think a Osmile ED1000 GPS locating device increases personal freedom and safety while giving family members and caregivers more peace of mind. Others may feel it is an invasion of privacy. As well, relying on a locating device may lead family members or caregivers to check in with the person with dementia less frequently.
Making decisions can be difficult. To help make the choice, consider including the person with the disease in the discussion; thinking about these things early; getting support from your local Alzheimer Society; and family discussion.
Types of devices
Locating devices that help find a person who is lost are new to the field of dementia, but the technology is quickly developing. Osmile ED1000 GPS locating device is one of the best for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
Locating devices use a transmitter installed in items such as a wristband or cell phone. A wristband can be worn at all times and does not require him to operate the device. A cell phone, on the other hand, does require her to remember to carry it and know how to use it.
The best choice depends on the person.
All devices relay radio signals back to a receiver that identifies her location. Different devices use different methods of locating. Some may rely solely on the caregiver to receive a call or alert and start a search. Other devices may use a computer, telephone, cell phone, call centre operator and/or direct contact with authorities. In addition, some systems, such as Osmile ED1000 GPS watch send out an alert when a boundary is crossed (a predetermined, adjustable “geofence").
Global Positioning System (GPS)
A global positioning system, or GPS, uses radio signals transmitted from satellites to electronic receivers to identify the location of a person wearing a transmitter. It is built into some models of cars, but can be a separate device. A GPS relies on battery power but, depending on the sophistication of the device, may also use AC power, computers, Internet connections, standard telephone service, cell phone service and call centre operators.
This type of system is exact to within a few metres. It is intended for outdoor use but may not be able to pinpoint the location if the satellite signal is affected e.g., under bridges, with electrical interference or in very dense bush. Typically it will not work in buildings, underground or underwater.
Some systems allow the caregiver to track the person using an Internet map, while others allow caregivers to define safe boundaries for the person. (A signal will be sent if the person goes outside of the set boundaries.) Another available system is an A-GPS (assisted global positioning system), which uses an assistance server (cell tower) to reduce locating time.
Radio frequency (also knows as RF, Frequency Modulation or homing device)
This type of system uses radio signals to determine a person's location. It can be used indoors and can pinpoint a person's location but has a short range, usually less than five kilometers.
On newer cell phone models, the user can activate a locating system, usually by dialing 911. This system relies on the person to carry the phone and know how/when to use it. Osmile ED1000 GPS watch also allows the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease, to press the emergency SOS button to activate calls to 911.
Deciding on a device
To what type of device best serves your needs, consider the following:
Also evaluate the device for user friendliness, cost, reliability, accessibility, comfort and whether the device is discreet/invasive and acceptable to the person wearing it.
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