1. Our next Q&A session is on the topic of Christmas and dementia.This time we want our Q&A to involve our resident experts, you! Share tips and advice on navigating Christmas here in this thread.

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  1. cazziewoo

    cazziewoo Registered User

    Aug 21, 2015
    2
    Hello
    I wondered if anyone had any ideas on what to do about my Dad. He has always enjoyed going for a walk (or 2 or 3) everyday and has been encouraged to do this by all the professionals he has seen. However now he keeps getting lost, even from places that he had walked to and from for years. We dont want to inhibit his walks for many reasons but now its happening more often and the stress on my mum is taking its toll. Anyone have any ideas regarding some sort of trackers. Not sure him taking a mobile phone will help as he tends to lose things too?
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,343
    Merseyside
  3. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,902
    Female
    Scotland
    This has been my husband's problem for the best part of a year. We hang a mobile phone round his neck which he may or may not answer. He cannot make a call so that's no use but I always put his phone round his neck anyway. More recently we bought a GPS tracker for just under £200 online - no other running costs. Up to six people can have the number of the tracker on their phones. You ring it while he is out walking and it sends coordinates back to your phone. If you have a smart phone it will link straight to your google map and show accurately where he is. I put the coordinates in my iPad which is a bit slower but again is very accurate.

    It has an SOS button on it too but that is more likely to go off by accident as someone with dementia would forget about it. It is a worthwhile investment for serial wanderers.
     
  4. cazziewoo

    cazziewoo Registered User

    Aug 21, 2015
    2
    Thank you marionq and Cat27 . Some sort of tracker system would be ideal as we still want him to have his independence as long as possible. I will have a look at the comments on the thread too. :)
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,745
    Female
    London
    Contact your council's telecare department. If a need is assessed and recognised they could give you a tracker for free. We have a Buddi tracker through the council.
     
  6. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,783
    Female
    South coast
    You might also want to advise the local police, so that if he gets distressed while he is out and they are called they will already know about him
     

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