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GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients: Your Top 24 Questions Answered

As we age, our bodies and minds naturally experience a decline, increasing the likelihood of developing dementia-related conditions.

Among the numerous distressing symptoms associated with dementia, getting lost (or wandering) is one of the most concerning. 

Your loved one may forget their way home and require assistance in doing activities they normally would on their own, like visiting a local coffee shop or walking their dog to the park. 

In such situations, a GPS tracker designed for dementia patients can be a lifesaver. It will enable you to monitor your loved one’s activities in real-time, 24/7, offering the reassurance that your family member is secure and just a notification away

To help you learn more about GPS trackers for a loved one living with dementia, we’ll be answering 24 of the most commonly asked questions about them today.

By the end of the article, you’ll get to know in depth: 

  • What GPS trackers are and how they work
  • Features to look for when choosing a GPS tracker
  • How to set up and use a GPS tracker for dementia patients
  • What makes TechSilver’s GPS trackers for dementia patients stand out

1 - What Is a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients?

A GPS tracker for dementia patients is a device that utilises Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to determine the precise location of the person wearing the tracker.

Research shows that six in ten individuals living with dementia are at risk of wandering. Fortunately, a GPS tracker provides a safer way for our elderly loved ones to live more independently.

The tracker helps monitor the real-time activity of the dementia patient 24/7, providing constant feedback on their current location and sending alerts whenever necessary, such as if they move outside a set virtual boundary.

As a caregiver or family member of an elderly individual with dementia, knowing their whereabouts and understanding that they are safe and just a notification away will provide you with peace of mind.

Purchased the tracker when my mother’s dementia worsened to the point where she was becoming confused and disorientated when she went out. It gave me great peace of mind to know when she went out and that she got home safely. The order process was efficient and speedy and the setup instructions were very easy to follow.” — Anonymous

The best part? These trackers restore a sense of long-lost independence to your senior loved one. They can move around without the fear of getting lost. And in case they wander, you can always reach them or send help immediately if an emergency arises.

TechSilver offers the best and most convenient GPS trackers for your elderly loved ones living with dementia.

These trackers come in various forms, shapes, and sizes, from insoles to bracelets, pendants, and small devices that can be carried in a pocket or bag for easy portability.

Some of the trackers, such as our Keyring Tracker, include a special advanced feature called geofencing. This feature allows you to set up specific zones, like your home or your neighbourhood.

Whenever your loved one enters or leaves this designated safe zone, the device will send an alert to your smartphone or computer, making it easy to locate them in case they begin to wander.

This can be especially useful for early-stage dementia patients living independently or those attending day-care centres.

2 - How Does a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients Work?

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GPS trackers for dementia patients work by utilising the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network.

The network comprises satellites orbiting the Earth that send signals to the GPS trackers, allowing the device to calculate the patient’s precise location using a process called trilateration.

Definition: Trilateration is the use of distances (or “ranges”) for determining the unknown position coordinates of a point of interest, often around Earth (geopositioning).

The GPS tracker then uses cellular data to transmit this location information over the internet to a server or directly to a device like a smartphone or computer.

This allows you, as a caregiver or family member, to track the location of your loved one in real-time, including the current direction and speed at which they’re moving (if they’re in a car), depending on the specific features of your tracker.

3 - What Are the Advantages of Using a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients?

Lifesaving GPS trackers for dementia patients are designed to conveniently address wandering and keep your elderly loved ones in check and secure at all times.

Below are the major benefits you’ll get to enjoy by investing in a quality GPS tracker for dementia patients:

1 - Guarantees Safety and Security of the Seniors

GPS trackers provide real-time location data, allowing you to promptly locate your loved one in case they wander and prevent any potential dangers

TechSilver’s trackers also come with a distress or SOS button which the patient can press whenever they need assistance or in case of an emergency. 

Additionally, thanks to the geofencing feature, you can set boundaries, and if crossed, the tracker will send an alert to your smartphone.

2 - Promotes Your Loved One’s Independence

Sometimes, the seniors living with dementia can feel like they’re losing control over their lives as the condition progresses. But a GPS tracker will allow them to continue enjoying the independence and freedom they rightfully deserve.

Your loved one can safely engage in outdoor activities, like going for walks or visiting familiar places, without constant supervision.

A GPS tracker also enables them to explore new environments or locations while maintaining a safety net. They can try new routes or visit places they haven’t been before.

Knowing that they can be found whenever they wander provides them with the confidence to continue exploring the outdoors and engage in activities they enjoy.

My wife has dementia and tends to wander this is a fantastic tracker with plenty of features to see where she is and safe. Can set up on mobile phone and laptop. Only needs charging fortnightly. I recomend anyone in this situation to purchase this tracker and the support and set up has been fantastic.” — Alan S.

3 - Peace of Mind for Caregivers and Family Members

Monitoring a dementia patient can be challenging as they can move without letting anyone know. 

Thanks to GPS trackers, caregivers and family members can have peace of mind when the patient leaves the house, as they can track their movements and quickly find them in case of an emergency. 

In the event that the dementia patient becomes lost, disoriented, or requires assistance, the GPS tracker allows caregivers to locate them promptly. This ability for rapid response can alleviate anxiety and ensure the patient receives the necessary help in a timely manner.

Depending on the design, TechSilver’s GPS trackers may be worn like a watch, carried in a pocket, or even attached to shoes or clothing

The idea is to ensure that your loved one keeps it with them at all times, so comfort and user acceptance are some of the key factors we consider during their design.

4 - Are GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients Reliable?

Yes, GPS trackers for dementia patients are generally reliable. The Global Positioning System (GPS) technology itself is very accurate, often providing location data precise to within a few metres.

However, a GPS tracker’s reliability in sending location data to a caregiver or server depends on the device’s cellular data connectivity

In areas with weak or no cellular coverage, the location data may not be transmitted. Similarly, in enclosed spaces or dense urban areas with tall buildings, GPS signals can be blocked or distorted, resulting in inaccurate location information.

The reliability of your GPS tracker also depends on its battery life. Each tracker has a built-in rechargeable battery that needs regular charging. If the battery is depleted, the tracker will not function until it’s recharged.

Battery life can vary between devices, with higher-end models typically lasting several days on a single charge. 

TechSilver’s GPS trackers for dementia patients have long battery lives to minimise the need for frequent recharging.

For example, our Waterproof Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring has market-leading battery life, lasting: 

  • 20–22 days if the patient’s location updates every 60 minutes (one hour). This is an ideal choice if the tracker cannot be charged regularly.
  • 14–16 days if the location updates every 10 minutes. This setting provides regular updates while still enjoying a long battery life.
  • 10–12 days if the location updates every 60 seconds. This setting allows for close monitoring and immediate alerts when the patient leaves a safe zone.

5 - Can a GPS Tracker Be Used to Track a Dementia Patient in Real-Time?

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Yes, TechSilver’s GPS trackers can be used to track a dementia patient in real-time. Most of them include a feature known as live tracking or real-time tracking.

Through this feature, the GPS tracker receives signals from satellites to determine the individual’s current location, which is updated frequently, sometimes every few seconds or minutes depending on the device.

The tracker uses cellular data to transmit this location information over the internet. Caregivers or family members can view the patient’s current location in real-time on a map through a web portal or a mobile app provided by the GPS tracking service.

Real-time tracking is particularly important for dementia patients prone to wandering. Our GPS trackers update the real-time location of your senior loved one every few seconds or minutes, depending on your settings, through live tracking.

This allows you to have their real-time GPS coordinates at any time, day or night.

In case they wander, you can track their routes using your smartphone and locate them before they come to harm, even if you’re thousands of kilometres away.

The live-tracking screen can help you find the nearest police station or major landmark, allowing you to notify the authorities or share the live location with a friend or family member who can bring your loved one to safety.

Some of our GPS trackers, such as the Waterproof Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring and the Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace can even store historical location data.

This information can help you understand your patient’s patterns and routines or identify places where they might be more likely to become lost or disoriented.

Excellent product. The tracker has been invaluable to us when we need to keep tabs on my 90 year old father-in-law who has advanced dementia and wanders during the night. The support from the company has also been second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending both Techsilver and their products.” — Barry J

6 - What Is Geofencing and How Can It Be Used With a GPS Tracker?

A geofence is a virtual boundary set up around a specific geographical location, such as a home, neighbourhood, or any chosen area.

Using the GPS tracking device’s software or mobile app, you can define the geofence by specifying its centre point and radius or by drawing an outline on a map.

Once the geofence is set up, the GPS tracking device will send an alert whenever your dementia patient enters or leaves the geofenced area.

Investing in a GPS tracker with geofencing for dementia patients provides an additional layer of security and peace of mind in several ways:

  • Safety monitoring: If your senior loved one with dementia tends to wander, you can set up a geofence around their home or neighbourhood for safety monitoring. You will receive an alert if they leave this area and can quickly locate them.
  • Routine monitoring: You can set up geofences around areas your elderly patient frequently visits, like a community centre or a park. If they enter or leave these places at unusual times, you will receive an alert.
  • Emergency situations: In an emergency, if your patient goes missing, set up a geofence around the last-known area they were seen. If they return to this area, you will receive an alert.

7 - How Comfortable Are GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients to Wear?

The comfort of a GPS tracker for a dementia patient largely depends on the design of the device, its weight, and how it’s worn.

Some GPS trackers can be bulky or heavy, causing discomfort or irritation when worn for extended periods. Trackers made from cheap or low-quality materials may also cause skin irritation, especially for dementia patients with sensitive skin.

The placement of the GPS tracker on your patient’s body can affect comfort. If the device is attached to a body part that experiences frequent movement or rubbing, like the wrist or ankle, it may cause discomfort or skin irritation.

At TechSilver, we understand the stigma and discomfort associated with wearing large, heavy, and conspicuous trackers.

We also recognize the challenges dementia patients face in coordinating and wearing devices. That’s why our GPS trackers are designed to be lightweight, small, and portable.

All our wearable trackers prioritise the comfort and convenience of elderly loved ones with dementia. We combine stylish Scandinavian designs with the latest technology to create functional, comfortable, and lightweight GPS trackers that seniors will enjoy wearing.

Here are a few reasons why our GPS trackers are exceptionally comfortable:

  • Compact and lightweight: Our GPS trackers are typically lightweight, weighing as little as 20 grams, and compact in size.
    This makes them less obtrusive and more comfortable to wear or carry throughout the day, without causing discomfort or hindering movement.
  • User-friendly design: Our trackers feature a user-friendly design with simple interfaces and intuitive controls. They are designed to be easy to operate, allowing dementia patients to wear or activate them without confusion or difficulty.
  • Extremely versatile: If your loved one doesn’t feel comfortable wearing the GPS tracker conspicuously, they have options.
    Our Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring / Necklace, for instance, can be worn as a silver necklace, lanyard, or carried as a keyring based on the patient’s preferences.
  • Long battery life: Our GPS trackers have long-lasting battery life, minimising the need for frequent charging. This ensures that seniors with dementia can wear the device for extended periods without interruption or inconvenience.

8 - Can GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients Be Disguised or Hidden?

Yes, GPS trackers for dementia patients can be disguised or hidden, and TechSilver’s models are designed with this in mind. 

This helps prevent the stigma associated with wearing large, conspicuous trackers and ensures that seniors consistently keep the trackers with them. 

Here are a few common forms that disguised trackers can take:

9 - How Long Does the Battery Last on a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients?

The battery life of a GPS tracker for dementia patients can vary widely based on the model of the tracker, settings, and usage.

Generally, battery life for most GPS trackers ranges from a few hours to several days. Some basic models may require daily charging, while others with more robust batteries can last for several days (14+ days) on a single charge.

Very good GPS tracker. It gives accurate location information, with post code and battery lasts for around 2 weeks without needing charging, with moderate use of tracker.” — Adrian C

The frequency at which the tracker actively transmits data will affect its battery life. If the tracker is set to update the person’s location every few seconds, the battery will drain faster compared to updates every few minutes or hours.

When selecting a GPS tracker for an elderly individual living with dementia, it’s important to consider their routine and abilities.

For example, if they struggle to remember to charge devices, a tracker with a significantly long battery life, such as the Waterproof Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring, is be an excellent choice.

If they have difficulty physically plugging in a device, a tracker with a simple docking station might be easier for them to manage.

10 - Are GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients Waterproof?

Yes, many GPS trackers designed for dementia patients are waterproof or water-resistant to some degree, although the level of water protection can vary by model.

Water-resistant GPS tracking devices can withstand splashes of water or light rain, but they are not designed to be fully submerged.

Waterproof trackers, on the other hand, are specifically designed to withstand being submerged in water for a limited amount of time and to a certain depth.

TechSilver offers both waterproof and water-resistant trackers that are suitable for daily use and can help prevent damage from accidental exposure to water.

When choosing a GPS tracker for an elderly individual living with dementia, always consider their activities and lifestyle

If they enjoy swimming or often forget to remove devices before bathing, a waterproof model is a good choice. 

However, if they are unlikely to encounter water beyond occasional hand washing or being caught in the rain, a water-resistant model will suffice.

11 - How Easy Is It to Set Up and Use a GPS Tracker for a Dementia Patient?

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The best GPS trackers are designed to be relatively straightforward to set up and use.

Typically, you’ll need to charge the device and then turn it on. Depending on the model, you might need to insert a SIM card if one isn’t pre-installed.

Next, you’ll need to register the device with the manufacturer or service provider and activate it. This process usually involves entering the device’s unique ID number on a website or in a mobile app.

Once the tracking device is activated, you can customise your preferences. This may include setting up geofences, choosing the frequency of location updates, and selecting who needs to receive alerts and how they must be notified.

It’s advisable to spend some time reading the user manual or watching tutorial videos to understand how to interpret alerts and use the tracker’s features.

For your senior loved one, a gentle introduction to the tracker and its purpose is often beneficial. Depending on their stage of dementia, they might be involved in the setup process to help them understand and accept the device.

At TechSilver, we’ve made the setup of our GPS trackers relatively easy through our professional setup video which we’ll email to you after buying your chosen tracker.

Using the tracker once it’s set up is generally simple. The device usually requires little to no interaction from your senior family member. You can monitor their location using a web portal or the installed mobile app.

Ordered a remote control for my 87 year old mother-in-law who struggles with anything technical. The remote is simple to use with very few buttons.” — Christopher M

Like any new technology, there may be a learning curve, and you might encounter challenges along the way. If that happens, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our UK-based expert support team is available to assist you.

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12 - Can a GPS Tracker Work Anywhere, or Is It Limited to a Certain Range?

A GPS device can work anywhere on the planet as long as it has a clear view of the GPS satellites. It is not limited to a specific range like a radio or Bluetooth device would be.

However, for accurate location tracking, the tracker needs to receive signals from at least four GPS satellites. The signal can be blocked or weakened by buildings, underground locations, dense forests, or deep canyons.

Additionally, the tracking device needs to be within the range of a cell tower. If it is in an area with poor or no cellular service, it might not be able to transmit its location information, although it can still receive GPS signals.

TechSilver’s GPS trackers are not limited to a specific range. They can work anywhere within the UK and Europe, and as long as there is a mobile signal, they will update their location, which you can view on the tracking app.

13 - Can a GPS Tracker Help in the Early Stages of Dementia?

Yes, a GPS tracker can be a valuable tool even in the early stages of dementia. While seniors at this stage are often still quite independent, they may experience challenges such as forgetfulness and confusion, which can increase the risk of getting lost or disoriented.

GPS trackers can help ensure that if they do get lost, they can be quickly and easily located. These devices allow elderly patients to continue engaging in activities they enjoy, like walking or shopping, with less risk, helping to maintain their independence and quality of life.

Knowing that your loved one with early-stage dementia has a GPS tracker provides peace of mind for you, other family members, and caregivers. You’ll be able to locate them in case of an emergency, even if you are not physically present.

Furthermore, introducing a GPS tracker early allows your loved one with dementia to become accustomed to the device while they are still capable of understanding its function. This makes it easier for them to accept and remember to wear or carry the device.

Through routine monitoring, the GPS tracker can also help identify changes in routine or behaviour that may suggest a progression of their condition.

For instance, if they begin wandering at night or visiting unfamiliar locations, this could be a sign that their condition is worsening.

14 - Can a GPS Tracker Provide the Location History of a Dementia Patient?

Yes, many GPS trackers for dementia patients are capable of providing location history. These trackers can store or transmit historical location data, allowing you to review where a loved one with dementia has been over a specific period of time.

The tracker collects and stores the location data at regular intervals, usually in the device itself or on a cloud server

The caregiver can then access the location history of their patient through a web portal or a mobile app provided by the GPS tracking service. They can view a map or a list of recorded locations and timestamps.

Location history can provide valuable insights into your loved one’s movements and routines. You can identify patterns such as preferred routes, frequently visited locations, or time spent at specific places. This information can help in planning and ensuring the senior’s safety.

Location history can also reveal any unusual or risky behaviour, like visits to unsafe areas or wandering at particular times of the day. This information can help identify potential issues and adapt your care plan accordingly.

15 - Can a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients Be Used Indoors and Outdoors?

Yes, GPS trackers for dementia patients can be used both indoors and outdoors, although the accuracy of location tracking may vary depending on the environment and available signals.

When outdoors, GPS trackers have an unobstructed view of the sky, allowing them to receive strong signals from satellites. This typically results in more accurate location tracking.

However, when indoors, GPS signals may be weakened or blocked by physical structures such as walls, roofs, and floors. As a result, the accuracy of location tracking indoors can be less precise compared to outdoor environments.

Nevertheless, some GPS trackers utilise other technologies like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to improve indoor tracking accuracy. 

These additional signals can help determine the approximate location of your senior loved one within a building or a specific range, ensuring effective tracking both indoors and outdoors.

16 - How Often Do I Need to Charge a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients?

The frequency of charging a GPS tracker for dementia patients depends on factors such as the tracker’s specific model, battery capacity, usage patterns, and settings

However, in general, most GPS trackers for dementia patients require charging every one–three days.

Here are some factors to consider:

  • The tracker’s battery life: Some models may need to be charged daily, while others can last for several days or even up to four months on a single charge. 
  • Usage intensity: The more frequently the GPS tracker transmits location data or engages in other power-consuming activities (like continuous real-time tracking or sending frequent updates), the faster the battery will drain. If the tracker is actively used throughout the day, it may require charging more frequently.
  • Charging schedule: Establishing a regular charging schedule, like charging it overnight or at a consistent time each day, can help ensure that the GPS tracker is always ready for use.
  • Battery capacity: Higher-capacity batteries generally last longer between charges than low-capacity batteries.

17 - Can a GPS Tracker Be Attached to a Dementia Patient’s Clothing or Belongings?

Yes, you can attach a GPS tracker to your senior loved one’s clothing or belongings as an alternative to wearing it directly on the body. This approach can be particularly useful if they are resistant to wearing the tracker on their wrist or around their neck.

TechSilver’s GPS trackers are incredibly versatile and can be attached to your loved one’s clothing or belongings in different ways, as explained below:

“Their tracker is discreet but robust, easy to set up and use and invaluable for allowing its user some freedom, knowing that they can always be located. Their response to any queries is prompt, helpful and indefinite.” — Jean A

18 - Can a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients Send Alerts to Multiple Caregivers?

Yes, many GPS trackers for dementia patients are capable of sending alerts to multiple caregivers or designated contacts. This important feature allows several individuals to receive notifications and respond promptly when needed.

To activate this feature, the GPS tracker’s accompanying software or mobile app usually allows the primary caregiver or administrator to set up the alert settings, including specifying the contacts to receive the alerts.

TechSilver’s GPS trackers offer various types of alerts, including geofence alerts, SOS alerts (triggered when the person presses an emergency button), and low-battery alerts

These alerts are sent through various communication channels, such as text messages (SMS), phone calls, push notifications via mobile apps, or email, based on your preferred notification methods for convenience and accessibility.

Our GPS trackers allow multiple caregivers or family members to be designated as contacts, ensuring that multiple individuals can be informed about your loved one’s location or emergency situations and promptly respond to any safety concerns.

19 - What Happens if a Dementia Patient Gets Lost While Wearing a GPS Tracker?

If your loved one gets lost while wearing a GPS tracker, the tracker can be a valuable tool to assist in locating them quickly.

The person monitoring the GPS tracker (whether it’s you, a caregiver, or a family member) will receive an alert when the individual moves outside of a predetermined safe zone or if they press the SOS or emergency button on the device.

Through real-time tracking, you’ll be able to monitor your senior loved one’s movements on a map, which can be crucial in guiding your search efforts and determining their current location.

Depending on the capabilities of your GPS tracker, it may have two-way communication features, allowing you to establish contact with your lost loved one and provide reassurance and instructions until help arrives.

If you’re unable to locate or communicate with the patient, contact local authorities and provide them with all relevant information, including your patient’s last known location and the fact that they’re wearing a GPS tracker. The authorities will assist in coordinating search and rescue efforts.

It’s important to have your TechSilver’s Quick Wandering Action Plan ready in case your loved one goes missing.

We’ll email you a one-page version of the wandering action plan which you can download, print multiple copies of, and save on your phone.

We recommend distributing copies of the plan to your family members, friends, and caregivers who are likely to respond to a wandering event.

purchased a techsilver tracker, great product does exactly what I was looking for,No more worries about brother wandering off, Fantastic service from start to finish would definitely definitely recommend this product and company.” — Charlie S

Note: With every TechSilver GPS tracker for dementia patients you purchase, you’ll receive our full TechSilver Action Plan for FREE.

20 - Can a GPS Tracker for Dementia Patients Be Used in a Care Home Setting?

When implemented thoughtfully and in line with ethical and legal considerations, GPS trackers can be a valuable tool to enhance the safety and security of dementia patients in a care home setting.

Proper consent must be obtained when using GPS tracking in a care home setting. The consent process may involve dementia patients (if they have the capacity to provide informed consent), their legal guardian, or a designated decision-maker, depending on the jurisdiction’s legal requirements.

The use of GPS trackers needs to be implemented with respect for the privacy and dignity of the dementia patients. 

Clear policies and procedures must be put in place to address privacy concerns, ensuring that the use of the tracker is focused on safety and does not infringe upon the patients’ rights.

It’s also essential for care home staff to receive appropriate training on the use and management of these GPS trackers. This will ensure that they effectively utilise the technology and respond to alerts or location updates appropriately.

In general, care homes ought to establish clear policies and procedures related to the use of GPS trackers. These guidelines need to address the proper handling of personal data, access to location information, and the management of alerts or emergency situations.

21- Can a GPS Tracker Interfere With Other Medical Devices a Dementia Patient Might Be Using?

GPS trackers for dementia patients typically operate on separate frequencies and do not interfere with other medical devices.

However, we generally recommend keeping your TechSilver GPS tracker positioned away from other electronic devices or medical equipment. 

This can help minimise the chances of any interference. For example, avoid placing the GPS tracker directly adjacent to a pacemaker or other sensitive medical devices.

If you have specific concerns or uncertainties about potential interference, reach out to us, and we’ll provide further guidance and address any specific concerns.

22 - How Durable Are GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients?

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The durability of GPS trackers for dementia patients can vary depending on the specific brand, model, and construction of the device

Not all devices are durable enough to withstand daily use and potential challenges. Low-quality GPS trackers have durability issues, including flimsy construction, weak straps, and inadequate protection against water, dust, or accidental impacts. 

This can lead to the trackers malfunctioning or becoming damaged easily, compromising their performance and longevity.

However, the best trackers for your loved ones with dementia are from brands that prioritise durability and functionality.

At TechSilver, all our trackers are designed with longevity and durability in mind. They feature a rugged and sturdy build that will provide a lifetime of service.

The following durability features make them stand out: 

  • Build quality: Our GPS trackers are built with durable materials that can withstand daily wear and tear. They have rugged casings and are water-resistant or waterproof, making them more durable in different environments.
  • Shock and impact resistance: Designed for outdoor or active use, these trackers have additional shock and impact resistance features that protect them from accidental drops or bumps.
  • Waterproof and water-resistant: Our trackers are waterproof or water-resistant, allowing them to withstand exposure to water or moisture. This comes in handy if your dementia patient is prone to accidental water contact.
  • Battery compartment security: The battery compartment of our GPS trackers are secure and protected to prevent accidental openings and potential damage to the internal components.

23 - Can a GPS Tracker Be Used to Track a Dementia Patient’s Activity Levels or Health Metrics?

Some GPS trackers for dementia patients may include additional features that allow for tracking activity levels or health metrics

However, it’s important to note that GPS trackers primarily focus on location tracking, and while they can offer some basic health monitoring features, they are not specialised health or fitness devices.

23 - Can a GPS Tracker Be Used to Track a Dementia Patient’s Activity Levels or Health Metrics?

GPS trackers combine a wide range of technologies, which is why you need to be careful when selecting the best one for your loved one. 

Here are some key considerations to keep in mind during your selection:

  • GPS accuracy and reliability: Look for a GPS tracker that provides accurate and reliable location tracking. Check customer reviews and ratings to gauge the performance of different devices in real-world scenarios.
  • Ease of use: Consider the user-friendliness of the tracker. Look for a device that is easy to set up, has a simple interface, and intuitive controls. This will help ensure that both you and the dementia patient can use the tracker effectively.
  • Comfort and wearability: Choose a tracker that is comfortable for your loved one to wear or carry. Consider their preferences and any physical or sensory sensitivities they may have. Options such as insoles and pendant-style provide different wearing options.
  • Battery life: Assess the battery life of the tracker. Longer battery life means less frequent charging, which can be especially beneficial if the patient forgets to charge the device regularly. 
  • Alerts and safety features: Evaluate the tracker’s alert and safety features. Look for features like geofencing, SOS buttons, and two-way communication, which can enhance safety and provide peace of mind for caregivers.
  • Customer support: Consider the availability and quality of customer support provided by the manufacturer or service provider. It’s helpful to have responsive, 24/7 support in case you encounter any issues or need assistance with your tracker.

GPS Trackers for Dementia Patients— A Lifesaving Solution

When it comes to caring for a family member or a friend with dementia, it’s crucial to remember that you’re never alone

Numerous tools and technologies are available in the market to assist you in ensuring the safety and independence of your loved ones. Among these, GPS trackers for dementia patients stand out as a noteworthy option.

By utilising GPS tracking technology, you can effectively reduce the risks associated with dementia. It offers you peace of mind while promoting independence for your loved ones.

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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