Tracking devices and other technology

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by marionq, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
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    #1 marionq, Jan 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
    http://www.atdementia.org.uk/product

    I have been looking at the products on offer at the above page with a view to buying the Buddi system. This has a price of around £250 plus £5 a week. There are are cheaper items on offer. The issue is that I have to be with my husband all of the time because he gets lost each time he goes out. As the nights get lighter he will want to go out more and I must have a way of keeping track of him. At present I am using our mobile phones but this is expensive and when I get to where we last spoke he has usually moved on!

    What systems do you use to track your family members with dementia?
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    How much does the Ostrich GPS Tracker cost?
    The tracker is **FREE of charge to anyone with any form of Dementia or in the process of diagnosis.

    No intrusive questions or checks will be made, you will simply be asked to confirm this at ordering and will be automatically registered as an Ostrich user.

    Monitoring Costs
    The monitoring cost for the tracker is an annual subscription of £198 plus VAT* - if applicable see VAT exemption statement. You will only need to pay for four months monitoring costs in advance when ordering. We will contact you after delivery to arrange either a monthly direct debit, pay pal auto pay, or for you to pay the remaining months by cheque.


    http://www.ostrichcare.co.uk/care/gps-trackers/how-to-buy-a-gps-tracker.aspx
     
  3. marionq

    marionq Registered User

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    Nitram what kind of device is this. There is no indication how it fixes on to the person being tracked.
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    I use a Buddi but we got it supplied by our council's telecare team for free! Doesn't do any harm to enquire but if you have to buy it, for god's sake get an insurance plan with it as these gadgets are fragile and we've had to replace ours about three times already!
     
  5. nitram

    nitram Registered User

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  6. Cloverland

    Cloverland Registered User

    Jun 9, 2014
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    Can be worn around the neck on a band, fixed to a key ring. My dad had one. You either ring the call centre to find out where person is or a geofence can be set up around the home. If the person is 'missing' the police are requested to retrieve the person as a top priority. But with one of these the persons location is reported within seconds.
     
  7. Pete R

    Pete R Registered User

    Jul 26, 2014
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    From what you have said your husband is quite happy carrying around a mobile phone. If that is correct there are many free "apps" available that will you track that phone and do not rely on the last time you spoke.
     
  8. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
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    He hasn't a clue on the mobile phone and only responds to me - haphazardly at that. That is why I must get some other system. He has a bad knee which limits his walking but when he is in a wandering mood he lopes along at unbelievable speed!

    I don't think our LA does the Buddi for free anymore but thanks for the tip about insurance. I will be enquiring over the next week and then make up my mind. I would rather he didn't go out on his own at all but I can't tie him up!
     
  9. Cloverland

    Cloverland Registered User

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    #10 Cloverland, Jan 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
    The ostrich one allows for a geo fence to be set up around your home, if this is broken an immediate alert goes to the monitoring centre, they will call you on a given number for you to either confirm or not that he has left the building. If he has the police are immediately called to retrieve him back to where he should be and will usually stay with him until you or another person can stay with him. Their priority is to ensure the safety of the vulnerable adult. If he has regular places during the week that he visits e.g. Day centre you just tell them and they monitor to ensure user does go where he is supposed to go. If you go out just ring them, not a problem, they then don't respond to the alert. They set up a protocol of people to contact or take instruction from, so is very secure.

    Cost = £4.15 per week.
     
  10. creativesarah

    creativesarah Registered User

    i have an app on my phone called mapmywalk I think I can link it to someone else who becomes my friend using the same app and they can see exactly where I am in real time, but I havent tried it yet
     
  11. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
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    Thanks for all of these. I am getting a clearer picture now of what is available.
     
  12. Pete R

    Pete R Registered User

    Jul 26, 2014
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    My mistake for not being clear. Your husband does not need to know how to use the phone at all. I should have asked...."Does he always take his phone with him?":)
     

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