What are the best locator bracelets for people with Alzheimer’s?
GPS, bluetooth and radio frequencies, which is the best option on the market for a locator bracelet?
As you are no doubt already well
aware, dementia and Alzheimer’s severely affects a person’s spatial memory.
Places a person has cherished all their life suddenly become unrecognizable.
This presents a serious problem for anyone caring for a person with
Alzheimer’s, as they live with the constant dread of them wandering off,
getting lost and ending up in potentially dangerous situations.
Thanks to technological advances,
however, this need no longer present a problem, as the variety of tracking and
locator bracelets currently available enable you to keep your loved ones out of
harm’s way. These devices allow you to track their movements, so that you can
act immediately if you notice they’re starting to wander.
GPS tracking bracelets
The longest standing and most widely
used tracking devices are GPS tracking bracelets. These devices are worn on the
wrist and work using the famous satellite-based positioning system. The family
member or caregiver can keep track of their loved one at all times by linking
the device to their computer, mobile or tablet.
If the person strays too far from a
determined point, an alarm is triggered on the caregiver’s telephone or tablet.
The same alarm will ring to alert the caregiver when the device’s battery is
running low. Some of the more advanced bracelets allow you to program in up to
four different telephone numbers - thereby ensuring there’s always someone on
hand to respond in case of an emergency.
GPS tracking bracelets are
particularly suited to people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s who are still
relatively self-sufficient - people who enjoy going on walks on their own, for
example. The bracelets allow for greater freedom and an improved quality of
life without compromising their safety. They also afford the caregiver peace of
mind, as they’re not constantly worrying about what they’re up to.
In addition to the wrist bracelets,
there are a variety of similar alternatives that can be worn on the forearm,
ankle or inside clothing (i.e. in a pocket or shoe). For anyone in the advanced
stages of Alzheimer’s - those needing constant supervision - these GPS
bracelets may prove less effective, although they should, at the very least,
help stop them from trying to ‘break out’ of their nursing home.
Alternative tracking devices
GPS is a satellite-based positioning
system that relies on an uninterrupted communication with orbiting satellites.
This means that it doesn’t work inside buildings and even, on occasions, in
highly built-up or wooded areas. Frequent bad weather can also interfere with
the device’s functioning. Radio
frequency tracking bracelets on the other hand, while using much older
technology, are not affected by the same limitations. These devices are often
used in nursing homes.
Bluetooth tracking devices are an interesting option when you need to keep an eye on someone
living under the same roof as you or in some other relatively confined space.
Bluetooth trackers are generally cheaper than their GPS counterpart and are
particularly useful when the individual in question lives in a larger property
(a country house for example). Unfortunately, their operating range is limited
to around 300 feet, which means they are ineffective when your loved one
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