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GPS trackers

Beanhead66

New member
Jun 27, 2020
2
Hello all. I'm new to this forum. Can anyone help with info on GPS tracker? I'm thinking a tracker that will fit on my Dad's keyring. He has been waiting around & looking for a friend that has suddenly popped into his head. Going out several times some days just waiting he says. Its about 18 months now since diagnosis of Alzheimer's & vascular dementia. My Dad is a very sociable man & loves to go out. It would be distressing to stop him. So thinking if we knew where he was it would put our minds at rest!
I really don't anything about GPS trackers so any help gratefully received ! 😊
 

Shedrech

Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
9,132
Yorkshire
Hello @Beanhead66
A warm welcome to DTP

you might try putting some terms into the search box at the top of the page as this question has come up before

My dad did have a tracker he wore as a watch but it had no way to interact with him, and this was years ago
 

Cumbria Mum

New member
Aug 21, 2018
1
Hello all. I'm new to this forum. Can anyone help with info on GPS tracker? I'm thinking a tracker that will fit on my Dad's keyring. He has been waiting around & looking for a friend that has suddenly popped into his head. Going out several times some days just waiting he says. Its about 18 months now since diagnosis of Alzheimer's & vascular dementia. My Dad is a very sociable man & loves to go out. It would be distressing to stop him. So thinking if we knew where he was it would put our minds at rest!
Hi
We had the same thing with my dad a couple of years back. He was really keen to go for walks around the neighbourhood alone, but me and mum were always dead worried in case he got lost, walked too far and ran out of steam, fell over, went into someones house with them or decided to hop on a passing bus (only happened once and him suddenly speeding up to 20 miles an hour gave the game away!) . I did a lot of research and eventually bought a Spytrack Nano, which we /he would turn on and slip into his jacket pocket as he left the house. You buy the little unit, then pay a very reasonable rolling subscription which allows you to see exactly where the tracker is on a map (like google maps), whether the tracker is moving, if it is stationary - and for how long, the speed and distance covered etc. I used to renew the subscription every 3 months so that if he stopped going out, was too ill or whatever, we wouldn't be paying for a service we weren't using. The tracker itself had a pretty good battery life (rechargeable). Dad's account page had an area where it saved past routes and we got to know his favourite walks, so if he nipped out without the tracker we had a good idea of where he might have gone, should he not have returned. It was set up so that I got a message to my mobile when it was activated, then anytime I wished I could click on the website (from my phone or laptop) and the map would come up showing me where he was in realtime. I could zoom right in to the extent that I could pinpoint the bench he was sitting on to have a breather! I had read some blogs etc. saying that trackers were an invasion of a dementia patient's privacy and comments along that theme but, for my dad, it gave him freedom (and space from me and mum), a chance to be responsible for himself and make his own choices, and it gave us peace of mind. He's too frail to go out alone at present so I've let the subscription lapse, but I would wholeheartedly recommend getting your dad a tracker.
There are several on the market but Spytrack Nano by Rewire worked well for us.
All the best.
 

Beanhead66

New member
Jun 27, 2020
2
Hi
We had the same thing with my dad a couple of years back. He was really keen to go for walks around the neighbourhood alone, but me and mum were always dead worried in case he got lost, walked too far and ran out of steam, fell over, went into someones house with them or decided to hop on a passing bus (only happened once and him suddenly speeding up to 20 miles an hour gave the game away!) . I did a lot of research and eventually bought a Spytrack Nano, which we /he would turn on and slip into his jacket pocket as he left the house. You buy the little unit, then pay a very reasonable rolling subscription which allows you to see exactly where the tracker is on a map (like google maps), whether the tracker is moving, if it is stationary - and for how long, the speed and distance covered etc. I used to renew the subscription every 3 months so that if he stopped going out, was too ill or whatever, we wouldn't be paying for a service we weren't using. The tracker itself had a pretty good battery life (rechargeable). Dad's account page had an area where it saved past routes and we got to know his favourite walks, so if he nipped out without the tracker we had a good idea of where he might have gone, should he not have returned. It was set up so that I got a message to my mobile when it was activated, then anytime I wished I could click on the website (from my phone or laptop) and the map would come up showing me where he was in realtime. I could zoom right in to the extent that I could pinpoint the bench he was sitting on to have a breather! I had read some blogs etc. saying that trackers were an invasion of a dementia patient's privacy and comments along that theme but, for my dad, it gave him freedom (and space from me and mum), a chance to be responsible for himself and make his own choices, and it gave us peace of mind. He's too frail to go out alone at present so I've let the subscription lapse, but I would wholeheartedly recommend getting your dad a tracker.
There are several on the market but Spytrack Nano by Rewire worked well for us.
All the best.
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Hoping to find one to hook on his keys. Never leaves his key. I'll have a look at the spytrack. Thanks again 😊