Protecting your Loved One from Wandering on Thin Ice this Spring

According to one study published in Psychology Today (when wandering) “The majority of patients succumb to the environment. One in five dementia patients (42 cases in this study) were found deceased due to hypothermia, dehydration, or drowning. No fatalities were found among dementia patients when they were located within 24 hours. If they were not found within this 24-hour window, half of dementia patients were likely to be found dead.”

Problem: Jane and Steve retired about 10 years ago, selling their large house in the city and downgrading to their dream home in the outskirts of town. They both loved the outdoor activities especially in the winter where Steve would often spend time ice fishing on the lake not far from their new home.

Last year however, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Jane noticed that Steve was becoming more and more irritable in the evenings and beginning to lose track of his surroundings. Like a few weeks ago when Steve walked to the mailbox after dinner to get their mail, an activity that he has done for the last 10 years, and forgot the way home. Jane called the local police and searched for over 2 hours that night, finally she found Steve sitting on a bench by the lake, watching the others pickup their fishing gear for the day. Jane was worried that Steve will get to close to the frozen lake and fall in, especially now that spring was coming. All this worrying caused Jane to lose sleep at night and become very anxious during the day.

Solution: A friend at the grocery store suggested Jane research Personal GPS Emergency Communication Devices so that if Steve ever goes “missing” or wanders again, she will be able to locate him. Jane though that was a good idea and began her online search. Jane needed a device that was dependable, offered GPS, did not require Steve to carry a cell phone (he has lost the last 2 she gave him), and would notify her if Steve got too close to the lake. Jane found a company that met all of her requirements called SafeTracks™. Based on her research and after speaking to a dedicated sales representative, Jane decided to give the TRiLOC™ GPS Alzheimer’s Watch a try.

Outcome: Upon receiving the TRiLOC™, Jane found the device easy to use and has happily surprised to see it also came with a lockable clasp. Jane spoke to Steve about the importance of wearing a GPS device and he agreed to wear it. She logged onto the TrackNow™ platform and set- up Geo-fences around their home and the lake Steve was known to visit so that she will be notified when Steve wanders in that direction. After using the TRiLOC™ for about a week and receiving alerts when Steve entered and exited the existing Geo-fences, she began feeling better and stopped worrying so much. Jane now has peace of mind knowing she will be notified if Steve gets too close to the lake.

About the TRiLOC™ GPS Alzheimer’s Watch: The TRiLOC™ is the first purpose-built, wrist-worn watch with 2G/3G/4G Cellular & GPS technology that monitors people living with Dementia and other Cognitive Disorders, who are at risk of wandering. Cellular and GPS technologies make the device completely independent of landlines, cell phones, and low-tech tracking equipment. The wrist-worn device does not confine a person to their home but rather provides them with independence to move about their communities. The most predominant features include: Lockable Wristband, Fall Detection, 2- Way Hands Free Voice, up to 1 Minute Emergency Locating, Multiple Geo-Fences, SOS Button, Email and/or SMS notification, TRACKNOW™ Monitoring Platform. Click here for more information about the TRiLOC™

Contact SafeTracks™ today for more information at info@safetracksgps.ca or 1-877-761-4477.