Life can be challenging when a loved one has dementia, not only for them but for everyone who cares for them. There are numerous challenges associated with it, especially when it comes to the memory impairment associated with dementia or Alzheimer’s. As they begin to lose focus, they may end up wandering off getting lost which can be distressing for everyone involved.
A company based in Los Angeles, California, GTX Corp has designed some GPS shoe insoles for those with dementia so it is easier to track their movements.
The company’s website states that the GPS SmartSole is a patented, ergonomic insert that easily fits into most adult shoes. It is a complete tracking device, so you don’t have to worry about another device that may not be remembered by the individual. It also reduces the stigma associated with attaching a visible device to the person with dementia.
“This is wearable technology that not only provides peace of mind, but can also save lives, while preserving the privacy and dignity of the wearer,” says the website.
One of the potential issues is that the GPS SmartSole is thicker than a typical shoe insole but most people still consider it to be comfortable enough to use. They may not even notice a difference in their shoes. In order to reduce the possibility of discomfort, the company is advising users to loosen the shoe’s straps or laces.
You will pay $299 retail for the GPS SmartSole but you don’t have to pay it all at one time. There are service plans available to pay $29.99 per month or $74.99 quarterly so they remain functional. The economy plan doesn’t ping you as often, requires an activation fee, doesn’t provide Geozone alerts and has a higher shipping cost. Even so, the price is $14.95 per month so it may be worth it to some families. To take advantage, you need access to GTX Corp’s mobile data network.
There are also other smart tracker options available to help with Alzheimer’s and dementia patient tracking.
AngelSense: is a device that attaches to clothing and can’t be removed by anyone but the caregiver. It is also available from GTX Corp. A daily report of the location, steps, and routes are available and the caregiver is alerted if their loved one ends up in an unfamiliar place or did not leave for an appointment on time.
The AngelSense Guardian Kit includes what is necessary to get started, including the GPS device, a magnetic key, three fasteners, and a charging cable. It used to cost $225 but it is currently being sold for $75. Monthly reporting plans start at $33.33 per month.
iTraq: This device works along with a smartphone app to track someone with dementia. It includes both a fastener and motion sensor and alerts the caregiver if it detects a fall. They are marketing the iTraq Nano as the world’s smallest all-in-one tracking device that includes global tracking and can last as long as four months on a single charge. The device is resistant to dust and water and wireless charging options are available. An SOS button is also included that instantly notifies of the precise location of the wearer. This is not a tracker that keeps tabs on real-time location but it does monitor temperature and alerts you if the loved one exits the designated area.
You can purchase the iTraq Nano for $129 and it includes one month of reporting. The monthly fee is $5.90 or you can pay $59 a year for the service plan. Provide your email address and you will receive a $10 off coupon.
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