Alzheimer’s disease causes changes in the brain that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, this can include changes in judgment, abstract thinking, sense of time/place and behavior. Taking measures to ensure safety at all times can help prevent injuries, and it can help people with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed.
Other Safety Devices
The Alzheimer’s Store
Products designed for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their caregivers
A personal response service that provides 24-hour assistance via a push button device worn by the individual registered in the program
Technological Options for Wandering Concerns
GPS Watches & Wristbands
Senior GPS Bracelet
Tracking System Direct
GPS Smart Sole
Many smart phones have real time GPS tracking abilities. Check with your cell phone provider
L.A. Found: Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver offers trackable bracelets for at-risk individuals in Los Angeles County
A Word of Caution: Wearable technology is not a 100% safeguard against wandering as they can be taken off or lost.
Be Prepared In Case Your Loved One Goes Missing
Have current photo and basic personal information like height, weight, and identification markers.
Know favorite places, commonly taken routes, etc.
Let folks in the neighborhood know that if they see the person with dementia alone, to call you.
Remember that tracking devices and wearables can be taken off.
Keep a recently worn article of clothing in a sealed plastic bag. Touch it as little as possible and repace at least once a month. This will help with the canine search.
Create a phone tree that can be activated in case the person goes missing.