Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring: 3 Essential Considerations to Note

It’s a great responsibility to care for elderly parents and relatives.

It can be incredibly challenging, however, if your loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer’s. That’s because people living with either condition are prone to walking about or “wandering”.

Wandering is very common in people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Stats in the Dementia Wandering & How to Help guide indicate that:

  • 60% of people living with dementia wander at least once; many do so repeatedly.
  • 50% of wanderers suffer serious injury or death if not found within 24 hours.

Faced with these facts, you might be tempted to limit the movements of individuals prone to wandering. However, they need freedom and exercise, which are crucial for their physical and mental wellbeing.

It’s important to prioritise their safety, as they might get lost or disoriented even when in a familiar environment.

What if there was another way to keep track of your loved ones? What if you could always have peace of mind whenever you can’t be physically there with them?

Instead of tearing away your loved one from the activities they enjoy, you can get them a Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring. Here are some essential things you should consider when getting a dementia GPS tracker.

1 - Live Tracking and Location History

android tracking app for GPS keyring/necklace

It’s prudent to ensure that the dementia GPS tracker you choose for your elderly loved ones has live tracking and location history capabilities.

Since they can’t always stay home, having them carry a GPS tracker enables you to keep an eye on them anywhere and anytime.

TechSilver’s Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace gives you access to a tracking app for iOS and Android smartphones. With it, you can choose how frequently you get real-time location updates—every 60 seconds, 10 minutes, or 60 minutes.

Unlike other dementia GPS tracking services, TechSilver charges a small monthly subscription fee that isn’t tied to a contract or minimum term. Some of the key advantages you’ll get include:

  • Unlimited range in the UK and Europe
  • Up to 3 months of detailed location history
  • Expert UK-based tech support available 7 days a week
  • An unlimited number of people who can track the same device at no extra cost

In addition to getting the location of your parent quickly and easily, TechSilver’s tracker can also give you the speed and direction the tracker is travelling. This is valuable information when you aren’t sure whether your loved one is in a vehicle or on foot.

As for the device’s location history, it’s detailed enough to tell you the time and date a location was obtained. Since it’s accessible on the tracking app, it can be an excellent tool to help trace your loved one’s movement patterns.

You’ll be thankful for the ability to create an exact breadcrumb trail for the specific days you’d like to see where the tracker has been. Fortunately, the GPS tracker has a reliable location history log you can use to map out these areas and expedite your search if need be.


2 - Safe Zones and SOS Alerts

TechSilver's geofencing feature

The ability to set safe zones or geofences can mean the difference between invading your elderly loved one’s space and being alerted when they’ve wandered off.

A geofencing feature allows you to designate an area ranging from 100 metres to 5 kilometres as a safe zone so that you get alerts every time the tracker enters or leaves it.

You can set your loved one’s home as a safe zone, the local park, or some other place they enjoy spending their time. Depending on the dementia GPS tracker you choose, you may have no limit to the number of geofences you can create.

TechSilver’s Dementia Tracker not only offers an unlimited geofences feature but also allows you the option to name your safe zones for ease of identification.

Additionally, you can set the alert notifications given when the tracker enters or leaves a safe zone to be loud and audible. These alerts can be set so any number of people can receive them. It could be you, your siblings, or even caregivers as long as they’re logged into the tracking app.

Given that people with dementia sometimes get disoriented even when in familiar environments, an SOS button can come in handy.

For instance, when the SOS button on the Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace is pressed and held for a couple of seconds:

  • It sends an alert to everyone with the tracking app.
  • It can call up to two pre-set emergency phone numbers.

Expert Tip: TechSilver’s Dementia Tracker has an inbuilt microphone and speaker that allows it to make calls a few seconds after sending the SOS alerts. If the first number doesn’t answer, it’ll call the second contact—as long as the first one doesn’t have voicemail activated.

You don’t always have to wait for your loved ones to raise the alarm by pressing the SOS button. It’s possible to call the tracker any time and have it automatically answer.

To protect your elderly relatives from scammers and spam callers, only pre-set numbers on the device’s whitelist can reach it.

Calling your loved one through their tracker when they go missing can reassure them and inform them you’re on your way to them. Thanks to automatic answering, they don’t have to struggle to figure out how to pick up your call since your calm voice will immediately come through.

3 - Device Design and Battery Life

Dementia Tracker GPS Necklace with silver chain

A dementia GPS tracker that’s terribly designed will likely interfere with your loved one’s daily activities or never even be worn.

Therefore, it’s crucial to go for a lightweight, portable tracker with a versatile and discrete design.

For example, TechSilver’s Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace comes with a complimentary keyring, silver necklace or matching lanyard attachment. These options make it possible to wear it around the neck or use it as a keyring.

Your tracker should also be able to withstand the rigours of daily life. By getting one that’s dust and water-resistant, you’ll be minimizing its chances of getting damaged. Moreover, you’ll save money on inconveniently-timed replacements and have fewer worries about device failure during bad weather.

Now, it can be pretty stressful to lose your ability to track a loved one because their tracker’s battery died. That makes battery life a crucial consideration when choosing a dementia GPS tracker.

There are two ways TechSilver’s Dementia GPS Tracker helps you preserve battery life:

  • Allowing you to choose the frequency of location updates on the fry
  • Going to sleep when it’s been in the same location for 10 minutes or more

Regarding update frequency, you can choose on the tracking app whether to have the tracker’s location updated every 1, 10, or 60 minutes. The shorter the update frequency, the quicker the battery drains, and vice versa.

Since you can check the tracker’s battery levels on the tracking app, you’ll be better placed to choose a suitable update frequency.

Meanwhile, when the Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace is left in the same location for 10 minutes or more, it goes to sleep. This can be the case when the GPS keyring or necklace is left in a bowl or on a table overnight or when your parent is indoors. However, the tracker won’t go to sleep when it’s in motion to make sure it’s always ready for a potential wandering incident.

The following table compares the Dementia GPS Tracker’s expected battery life, depending on different use scenarios:

 2-3 Days3-4 DaysUp to 5 Days
Live Location Update FrequencyEvery 1 minuteEvery 10 minutesEvery 60 minutes
Use ScenarioBest for sending alerts soon as the device leaves a safe zoneBest for regular updates when more battery life is desiredBest when you can’t ensure regular device charging

A Dementia GPS Tracker Can Help

It’s a great idea to get TechSilver’s Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace if you want to have peace of mind without restricting your elderly loved ones’ freedom.

You might think your loved ones don’t need a dedicated GPS tracker, especially if they have a mobile phone with a tracking app.

However, consider how much harder it might be for them to use their phone in an emergency than to press the SOS button on their keyring or pendant.

Furthermore, phones are not optimised for frequent tracking, and as such will see rapid battery drain over a few hours at the very most.

This verified review sums it up:

“We’ve been using one of their trackers for a couple of years. It has proved invaluable in keeping tabs on a relative with dementia. I don’t know how people cope without them! Highly Recommend!”

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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