You never know if it will happen. Some seniors with Alzheimer’s never wander. Others do. It’s estimated that 60 percent of Alzheimer’s patients wander. That’s 4 out of 10 who don’t. If your parent does wander off, prompt action is necessary.
Experts agree that starting a search as soon as possible is important. Most men and women who do wander don’t make it far. More than 90 percent are found within a mile and a half of the location where they were last seen. These GPS tracking plans can help return a parent to you as quickly as possible.
Mindme offers two features that make it handy to own. First, it can be used as a GPS tracker. Slip it into your parent’s coat or pants pocket, purse, or put it on a ribbon to wear like a pendant. If your parent wanders, go to Mindme’s site, log in, and find your parent’s location.
Second, Mindme can also be a personal medical alert system. Wherever your parent is, an operator is always a push of a button away. That operator keeps talking to your parent until help arrives.
Not every area offers Project Lifesaver, but you should check to see if it is. Project Lifesaver members wear a small ankle monitor that contains a GPS tracker. If the person wanders off, the appropriate police or rescue agency gets a call. They gather a team who set off with GPS tracking equipment to locate the missing person.
If there is no Project Lifesaver group in your area, you can look into individual systems. You purchase the system from Project Lifesaver. You form your own team and use the GPS location system to find your missing parent.
Smartsole is an insert placed into a pair of shoes. As long as your parent puts on shoes before he or she wanders, this works well. Inside the insert is a tracking device. Install the app on your phone and use that to track your parent’s location. Use the map to trace your parent’s steps. The GPS location is broadcast to cell towers every five minutes to make sure you have a current location.
There are several plans available. Buy the Smartsole and pay a monthly service fee for tracking. Some plans also include an activation fee.
You might feel better having someone with your parent 24/7. It’s hard but not impossible. You can hire a caregiver to provide senior care services while you sleep during certain hours. When the caregiver is not around, you’ll be awake and able to keep track of your parent.
Senior care services also help with respite care. Go out with family members and friends knowing your mom or dad is being carefully supervised. Caregivers can also help with meals, personal care, and light housework. Call today to learn more.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME SENIOR CARE IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.