GPS Tracking Devices Help Caretakers Protect Alzheimer’s, Autistic Loved Ones

It can be nearly impossible to prevent a loved-one suffering from Alzheimer’s from wandering off, but with a GPS tracking device, returning him safely is easier than ever.

Wandering is a frequent occurrence for people suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or Autism. Several studies have shown that 60% of all patients with Alzheimer’s will become lost at least once. Even more shocking is that nearly 50% of them can die from dehydration, exposure or injury if they aren’t found within the first 24 hours.

Many caretakers and families are turning to GPS tracking technology to help. GPS tracking devices can help to keep loved ones safe 24 hours a day, without being too invasive or making the patient feel inadequate.

Most families say that using a GPS tracking device gives them peace of mind because they know exactly where their loved ones are located in real-time. Typically a GPS tracking system gives users an Internet site where you can go online and follow the live tracking of your family member 24 hours day. This can also help to keep an eye on older parents to make sure they’re out of bed and moving around.

Most GPS tracking services charge a monthly fee ranging from $10-$40 a month, which is a small price to pay to keep loved ones safe and sound. If a person wearing a GPS tracking device enters or leaves a designated geo-fenced area, the caretaker will receive a text or e-mail message and a phone call on their handheld device within three seconds alerting them. The alert gives them the exact location of the bracelet so that they can reach their loved one immediately.