Keeping my Dad as independent as possible at home

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Maria001, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Maria001

    Maria001 New member

    Jun 23, 2019
    3
    Dad has Alzheimer's, he lives in a flat on his own with the support of carers and my family.
    I am looking for a reliable sensor to put on the front door and French doors which will alert me should he leave between specific times midnight to 7 am.
    Additionally, a GPS tracker that has a facility for me to talk to Dad in an emergency. Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. Rach1985

    Rach1985 Registered User

    Jun 9, 2019
    398
    Does he have an iPhone? You can use find my iPhone
    If you have a gps tracker how will you know he has it on him at all times? This is an issue with my dad, he won’t at the moment wear anything, and even if we tried to make him when we aren’t around he won’t pick up or wear the gps tracker.
    Do you think you could get him to wear anything around his wrist or neck?
    Is there anything he never leaves the house without?
    Would he agree to the tracker?
    All questions I have asked myself, my dad is early stages at the moment and he is still ‘with it’ and would never agree to any tracking
     
  3. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,894
    Yorkshire
    hello @Maria001
    a warm welcome to DTP
    there are threads here about trackers and door alarms etc, so you might try a search from the Home page
    I had both from my Local Aithority Adult Services, who installed and maintained them ... so maybe contact your dad's LA and ask them
     
  4. KathrynAnne

    KathrynAnne Registered User

    Jun 6, 2018
    272
    Female
    South Yorkshire
    My local authority supplied a tracker, sensor for the door and other useful devices for my Mum. I would contact your Dad’s LA and see what they can do for him before you start purchasing anything yourself.
     
  5. Sirena

    Sirena Registered User

    Feb 27, 2018
    1,489
    Female
    My LA also supplied (free) door sensors for my mother, they were attached to a Linkline service - so if she went out, it sent a signal to their call centre, and if necessary they would then ring whoever was the contact (you). That seemed to work okay, but the trackers were useless. The carer would put the tracker on her and she would immediately remove them. As far as I remember they needed charging every 24 hours, so someone would need to be available to do that too.
     
  6. Maria001

    Maria001 New member

    Jun 23, 2019
    3
    Thanks I have approached them but they don't provide GPS tracking as yet.
     
  7. Maria001

    Maria001 New member

    Jun 23, 2019
    3
    Thanks Sirena, LA doesn't provide this service. Have bought one now.
     
  8. Sirena

    Sirena Registered User

    Feb 27, 2018
    1,489
    Female
    Let us know how you get on, I'm sure other members will be interested to know what works best.
     

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