FINDING A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM
Wandering can affect those who suffer from dementia and autism. Most caregivers in families will wait until a wandering or elopement event happens and then it may be too late. When caregivers were asked in a study, “What are things you would do differently?”, a unanimous response was, “I would have put on a tracking device as soon as we received the diagnosis.
Those diagnosed with some form of dementia can be very independent and the family members that become the caregivers have their lives changed forever. The stress starts to affect their daily lives and they need to have access to any tools and resources that will help to keep their lives as normal as possible.
Protection for their parent is paramount. Yet, they can’t be with their parent all the time and still have their own life. It is therefore a requirement to have a tracking bracelet that will alert the caregivers to a possible condition of danger.
There are many devices available for tracking but that may be all they do. Many devices require charging every night and are not waterproof. This in itself presents challenges to having trust that the device will work when needed.
It is important that the product is a bracelet that locks on the wrist. That means it needs to be lightweight and comfortable and, as previously mentioned, it should be put on as soon as possible after diagnosis so that it becomes a normal thing to wear.