Ways to Help Find a Person When They Go Missing
Help find a person missing with dementia if they have a tendency to wander.
If you are caring for a person with dementia one of the constant worries is if the person gets lost.
It can be very difficult for you if you have to constantly watch the person because they have a tendency to wander off.
One recent case of a person with dementia wandering away from their carer resulted in a major sea rescue operation when a passer-by wrongly suggested that the sufferer had entered the sea.
To make matters worse, the people were on holiday in Spain at the time. Thankfully the person was found in local shops but it highlighted how distressing it can be if a person you are caring for has dementia and wanders away from you.
In advanced cases of dementia it can be like looking after a small child, you dare not take your eyes off the person in case they vanish from sight. The tendency for sufferers of dementia to wander is both distressing for the carer and also the sufferer and is a constant worry for carers and family members of memory loss sufferers.
But there are ways in which to help find a person missing with dementia. Helpful devices can be given to carers to notify them if a person leaves a secure environment such as the home or goes missing whilst in the care of the carer or family member.
Technology can Help Find a Person Missing with Dementia
Below we take a look at the different ways that you can help find the person, detect where they may have gone if lost or give you an alert if the person leaves a secure environment such as a house or care centre.
These technologies are often known as assisted living technologies, they help you monitor and keep track of a person either from your own mobile device or through a third-party that can keep track of the person with dementia for you.
Simply worn around the neck or the waist. An identity tag can provide a person that finds a confused person information on many things such as emergency contact telephone numbers.
Depending on the size and type of identity tag, you can also include information such as the person’s name, any allergy the person may have, any medical conditions such as diabetes, asthmatic, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia or epilepsy.
If you are travelling abroad then an identity tag can give you great piece of mind knowing that you can be contacted if the person gets lost or has a medical emergency
GPS Monitors (sat navs)
Many councils and health providers are now trialing GPS monitors to help locate a person that may be vulnerable in the community. These Small monitors have the ability to be tracked from a remote location enabling the user to be found or located from a mobile phone or computer. The devices are worn around the neck or waist belt and can be used to locate children, elderly people, Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, persons with memory loss and many other vulnerable people who may need to be located quickly.
If you are concerned about someone when they are out and about or would like to instantly be able to find someone then these monitors are an ideal solution. Many of these mobile tracking devices have an alarm system that allows the wearer to instantly call for help wherever their location, the emergency services can be notified that there is an emergency and they are given the location of the wearer by GPS navigation.
If you decide to buy a GPS monitor for locating somebody and would like it to be managed by a third-party then that usually incurs a monthly or annual charge on top of the charge for purchasing the device. Many NHS and community groups may well be able to provide these devices free of charge.
Watches (uses sat nav technology)
Sat-nav watches can be a great way to help find a person missing with dementia.
With the advancement of technology you can now purchase a wrist watch that a person with dementia can wear that can be accessed through GPS technology to help find a person that may wander or get lost.
You can simply log on to a given system or look up on a map provided by the watch company or any other device that allows for GPS locating such as google maps to instantly provide you with the location of the watch wearer. The watches are stylish in design and are easily worn and also come in various sizes and makes for male and female wearers.
Home Monitoring (Allows Independent Living)
If you are caring for a person that is suffering from memory loss you may want to consider installing a home monitoring system. The great advantage of installing a home monitoring system in the person’s house is that it enables the person to live in the comfort of their own home giving them independent living. These home installed monitors also gives you the ability to be alerted if the person either leaves the house, has a fall in their house or even shows any unusual behavior.
You can check the monitors by telephone, computer or mobile device instantly to give you peace of mind anytime of the day or night and if there is an emergency the monitor can sound an alarm or notify you or the emergency services.
The device is accessible from almost anywhere and there is also the comfort of knowing that the person can also be monitored by a third-party 24 hours a day 7 days a week if you like giving peace of mind knowing that somebody is caring for the person 24/7.
You can find more information on a Home Monitoring System here
You may want to consider buying a mobile phone that is easily operated by the person with dementia. That way the person can easily make calls without the added confusion of not being able to use the device if they were to get lost. Large button mobile telephones with the addition of a photo enable the user to easily make calls by simply pressing a button next to the photo button. The device can be attached to a cord and carried around the neck or a belt around the waist.
You can find more on large button mobiles here