Dementia Care: A Buyers Guide for Reliable GPS Keyring Trackers

If your loved one lives with dementia, ensuring their safety wherever they are is essential. It’s possible for them to wander off, get into life-threatening accidents, or even get lost on familiar routes. That’s why you need to invest in dementia care tech like GPS keyring trackers.

A reliable GPS keyring tracker will help you:

  • Identify your loved one’s precise, real-time location, whether they’re lost or at home
  • Set up geofences to know whenever your loved one leaves the safe zone or takes too long to get back
  • Communicate with your loved one and act quickly whenever they’re lost

Since your loved one’s safety and wellbeing will greatly depend on the keyring tracker you choose, here’s a guide to help you pick a reliable one:

Tracking Capabilities

graphical depiction of how GPS tracking works

The best GPS keyring trackers will allow you to accurately track the location of your loved one quickly and easily. They need to also allow for constant updates on their location.

An ideal tracker will ensure that you can customise location updates to meet your specific needs, whether you require hourly or by-the-minute updates.

The table below displays the relationship between the frequency of location updates and battery life and provides the best use scenario for each.

Frequency of UpdatesBattery LifeBest Scenario
60 seconds2–3 daysIf you want to be alerted as soon as your loved one has left a safe zone
10 minutes3–4 daysIf you want to receive regular updates on your loved one’s location
60 minutes
5+ days
When you want to receive updates but you’re not sure if the device will be charged regularly

Since you’ll want to give your loved one some flexibility and independence to move around, get a keyring tracker that’ll help you set up a geofence.

A geofence is a virtual fence that creates a boundary around the areas you expect your loved one to be, whether it be their home or another familiar location.

Whenever your loved one leaves the area under the geofence, you’ll receive an alert. This ensures that you can start looking for them if they take too long to get back to the designated areas.

Even more importantly, pick keyring trackers that allow you to access their location history. People living with dementia tend to form a pattern based on the places they visit. If your loved one is ever lost, you can use this location history data to find them.

Lastly, ensure that the GPS keyring tracker comes with a user-friendly dashboard, from which you can evaluate your loved one’s location. Look for trackers that come with mobile apps, since these will be easier to use.

TechSilver’s keyring trackers check all these boxes. Our devices enable you to track your loved ones’ locations in real time and access their location history. You can also use them to set up multiple geofences for an easier time tracking your loved one’s whereabouts.

Thanks to our easy-to-use mobile app, you can set up by-the-minute to hourly location updates to always know where your loved one is. Best of all, our app allows multiple authorised people to track your loved one’s location at no extra fee.

Are you still trying to figure out how to help a loved one with dementia? Our dementia care guide will walk you through how to help them whenever they start wandering.

Incentives for Use

The best GPS keyring trackers will incentivise your loved one to use them. They are small and light, blend in easily with the items they use daily, and are appealing to look at.

Most importantly, reliable trackers are easy to use, considering that people living with dementia won’t always have the capacity to learn how to use complex devices.

Our keyring trackers are pocket-sized, light, and easy to integrate into the user’s lifestyle. They are also colourful, which could make your loved one feel younger and protect them from feeling stigmatised about their age.

Lastly, learning how to use our keyring trackers to send out SOS alerts or respond to calls is very simple. Users can easily spot our SOS button. As for caregivers, our comprehensive setup guide and reliable customer support will help you navigate any issues you might have.

the best GPS keyring trackers will incentivise your loved one to use them

Durability and Reliability

TechSilver's GPS Keyring tracker

When you’re relying on a device to help keep your loved one safe, the worst thing that can happen is for it to fail. You’ll want to buy a GPS keyring tracker that can work in multiple conditions.

Look for waterproof keyring trackers if possible, which safeguard against the potential risk of damage to the tracker if it comes into contact with water (i.e. in the shower or bath).

Ensure that the keyring tracker you pick is also rugged. This consideration ensures that they can take a beating during everyday use or when your loved one is lost. Lastly, pick keyring trackers that have a long battery life, especially if your loved one will easily forget to charge them.

Our GPS keyring tracker has a battery life of up to five days, which ensures that you never miss an update on your loved one’s location. We’ve also made them rugged and, depending on the device, either fully waterproof or highly water resistant to withstand everyday use.

Communication Capabilities

TechSilver's SOS feature

Pick trackers that allow two-way communication between you and your loved one. Having the ability to communicate with your loved one in real-time can introduce some efficiency into your search and rescue efforts. It will also allow you to listen in on their environment for clues on where you can find them.

The tracker needs to also feature an SOS button, which your loved one can click to reach out to you.

TechSilver’s GPS keyring trackers allow two-way communication and have a designated SOS button. Whenever your loved one is lost, they’ll just press the button and a call will be automatically directed to you or any other person listed as an emergency contact.

Authorised people can also call your loved ones, and their calls are answered automatically. Your loved one won’t have to worry about knowing how to answer the call.

Customer Support

You might have trouble setting up your tracking device or even accessing location data. That’s why it’s important to buy a GPS keyring tracker whose provider will support you all the way, from purchase to everyday use.

Most importantly, look for providers with a responsive customer support team. If your loved one is ever lost, the responsiveness of the customer support team could be the difference between finding them quickly and them being exposed to a dangerous environment for too long.

At TechSilver, we take customer support seriously, helping you every step of the way. In fact, our team’s responsiveness is among the many reasons why most people choose us.

Here’s what Sarah had to say about our customer support team:

“I was looking for a tracker for my husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s. After-service care was very supportive. No question was too much trouble… especially when not tech-savvy!”


The cost of GPS keyring trackers for dementia care can be classified into three types. These are the cost of the device, the cost of setting it up, and the subscription for other services.

High costs aren’t always reflective of the effectiveness of a GPS keyring tracker or the customer support you’ll receive. Look beyond the price tag.

To ensure you’re getting enough support, focus on:

  • The level of commitment of the customer support team
  • The battery life of the devices
  • The features of the devices like geofencing and real-time location updates
  • The device’s ease of use

When you choose TechSilver, you’ll only have to think about the cost of the device and the subscription fee. We have a comprehensive setup video and resources that negates the need for a setup fee. Our customer support team are also UK-based and available 7 days a week to respond to any concerns you have.

Signing up for a subscription allows you to access the GPS keyring tracker’s mobile data and phone-calling function, reliable customer support, and our GPS tracking app. Unlike most other providers, you don’t have to sign a contract with us and can cancel whenever you want.

If you don’t love our device or service within the first 30 days, we’ll offer you a full refund with a free return if you’ve purchased a tracker with our Moneyback Trial.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

It’s worrying to see that your parents need your help, but you can’t be with them every single second of the day. A GPS keyring tracker allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds—keep tabs on your parents and show up to your daily commitments peacefully.

As long as the tracker you choose is reliable, you’ll give your loved one some independence and ensure their safety.

At TechSilver, we provide you with tech solutions that can enable your loved ones to navigate their later life safely and independently. Contact us today to learn more about how our devices can help you out.

Hi, I'm Miles

I’m the founder of TechSilver, the world’s leading assistive tech specialists. My team has made these resources to help people care for their loved ones, so we hope we can help you today!

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