Helping to keep people with dementia safe in their homes and communities sometimes requires the use of tools like locating technologies.
Devices like GPS trackers, radio frequency trackers, door sensors/alarms or cell phones can help to fulfill two main needs:
There are benefits and drawbacks to using locating technologies. Some people with dementia may prefer the personal freedom and safety they provide, while giving their caregivers peace of mind. Others may feel that locating technologies are an invasion of privacy. Factors like cost, ease of use, and tracking limitations may provide other challenges to using locating technologies.
Read below to learn more about locating technology options, and click Learn More to visit an external product site that will allow you to view locating technologies from choice vendors – learn about available devices, compare products, and find out which one might be right for you or the person with dementia that you’re supporting.
At Home, travelling with known carer, day program.
No technology needed at this stage
Found and connected to primary caregiver. Goes out with carer.
Technologies that can be used at this stage include Medic Alert.
Sundowning period (or time of day with most agitated energy).
Technologies include door sensor or alarm and video surveillance.
High risk period, search and rescue, possible life threatening.
Technologies that can be used include tracking device and first responders.
You may like to learn more about “Interacting with a person with dementia who may be lost” in one of our four – 15 minute Online Learning modules