Best Tracking Devices for Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted by Accutech on September 15, 2020 9:20 am

Alzheimer’s disease is one common cause of dementia. Dementia is a term that encompasses a wide range of cognitive functioning issues, such as memory loss, thinking impairment, problems with judgment, and difficulty with social interactions.

Dementia can cause elderly adults to become confused, scared, angry, lost, and forgetful. These cognition problems present a danger to those who suffer from dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of disease.

Wander Management Solutions

Many family members of dementia sufferers worry about the safety of their loved ones. For example, patients with dementia could wander out of a care facility and into a dangerous situation, such as walking into traffic or getting lost in the woods.

If your loved one resides in a care facility equipped with an access control wander management solution, such as Accutech’s ResidentGuard, you won’t need to worry too much about their safety as many protective measures have been put in place to protect elders in these facilities. Your loved one can be fitted with a “wander wearable,” a bracelet that is programmed to interact with the access control security system designed for the facility. This system combines with alarms and other security systems to secure the perimeter of an elder care facility to keep your loved one safe.

However, if you are looking for technology for residential use, there are some products designed for the residential market that can help protect your loved one.

Tracking Devices for Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

Great strides have been made in innovations designed to protect elders who suffer from dementia or other cognitive issues. Some inventions that have reduced the dangers associated with dementia are tracking devices.

Tracking devices are worn by the senior so that if they should wander and get lost, they can be tracked down via a GPS location system. Tracking devices can provide peace of mind to the family members of patients with Alzheimer’s or other diseases that present with dementia symptoms.

Listed below are some tracking devices on the market that you may want to consider for your loved one who suffers from dementia, especially if they are not living in a senior care facility equipped with Accutech’s ResidentGuard. Hopefully, you will find the appropriate solution with one of these.

AngelSense

AngelSense devices are GPS tracking devices for those with autism or other special needs that include wandering tendencies. AngelSense also provides tracking devices for wandering dementia sufferers. You can attach the AngelSense device to your loved one’s clothing, similar to a department store loss prevention tag. A phone app will provide parents or family members with notifications and tracking features.

FiLIP

FiLIP is a product offered by AT&T. AT&T uses their cell tower infrastructure to provide the location of the FiLIP device—often a wearable watch—so the coverage/visibility in your area depends on the cell coverage AT&T provides. Family members can use an app on a smartphone to define alarming parameters and can track/locate the FiLIP device in real-time.

ZoneTrak

Similar to the FiLIP device, Adiant Mobile manufacturers offer a wristwatch with a GPS tracking device attached. They also offer an app similar to FiLIP that allows you to track/locate the watch with a smartphone. They may be rebranding under the name ZoneTrak.

Keruve

Keruve offers another wearable option: a functioning wristwatch with the GPS device attached. They also offer a similar app user interface that allows you to track/locate the watch with a smartphone.

SafetyNet Tracking System

The SafetyNet Tracking System is a product/solution that requires your local police department to not only be involved but also to offer this service in your area. The at-risk person wears the device, and when the device goes missing, the service contacts your local police department. SafetyNet has special equipment to locate the device. Based on your location, this service may or may not be available.

Radio Frequency (RF) Tether

The Radio Frequency (RF) Tether product uses a transmitter that is located within a house. The person being monitored wears a device on their ankle, similar to an ankle monitoring system used for house arrest. The receiver communicates via a phone line to a monitoring center and reports all leaves, returns, fails to return, tampers, power failures, and phone line problems as they occur. This is a home curfew product that may be a viable solution for wander management.

Which Wander Management Solution Is Right for You?

Each tracking device for dementia patients has pros and cons. You will need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks when making your decision about which option is best for you. For instance, if your loved one is in a residential environment, one of the above tracking systems may be exactly what you're looking for. You can compare pricing, user-friendliness, and effectiveness.

However, if you are looking into finding a care facility for an elderly loved one with dementia, you may want to find a senior living community that has an access control system built-in, such as Accutech’s ResidentGuard.