GPS Tracking Seniors For Safety

elderly coupleGPS monitoring technology is around us every day. It assists businesses in locating work vehicles, helps travelers get from one place to another accurately and can even help those looking to shed a few pounds reach their fitness goals. The dual technologies of cellular and satellite have truly made the world smaller, but what is even more incredible is that GPS monitoring is also providing significant benefits to seniors and those worried about senior safety.

What Is Senior Safety?

Senior safety is a growing concern for millions of Americans and their families, and with a post World War 2 baby boomer generation moving into their golden years those numbers are continuing to rise every year. The most common worry for families is in regards to senior loved ones with diminishing cognitive capabilities. Specifically, those suffering with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. What these seniors face is a number of challenges from something as simple as forgetting where the house keys are located to much bigger issues such as wandering. In fact, everyday news stories from across the country highlight the dangers of wandering seniors. Unfortunately, these stories tend not to have happy endings because when a senior wanders away from an area they are familiar with they can put themselves in harm’s way. This is the reason why doctors, health care facilities and modern families are calling upon GPS tracking systems to provide additional senior safety.

GPS Personal Tracking

The basic concept of a personal GPS tracking device  is to provide a solution for locating a person in order to maintain their safety. Common GPS monitoring applications people might be more familiar with are those related to tracking children or helping parents oversee teen driving. However, the use of GPS tracking systems to monitor the activity of elderly persons are not only growing but proving to be life-saving. Elderly GPS tracking works in a simple three step process:

1. Senior wears medical watch with GPS monitoring

2. Medical GPS watch sends out live locational data to server for remote access

3. Families, caregivers, police or doctors can access real-time GPS data to locate any potentially senior who is wandering

“There is nothing more frightening than when a senior loved one wanders out at night, police are called and hours pass by as a family anxiously awaits to be notified if that senior is safe”, explained a GPS monitoring specialist for a Southern California security product company. “Medical GPS watches for seniors are really proving to be extremely valuable in those types of situations because not only can family members access the location of a senior at anytime they please but they can also create safety zones to be alerted the moment a elderly person with cognitive challenges wanders off”.

GPS Medical Watch Cost

Medical GPS watches require special programming, engineering, service for data, locking mechanisms and more. Basically, the products are pretty sophisticated so that means the cost of a GPS medical watch is not cheap! Shoppers can expect to pay around $699 for the hardware and a full year of real-time monitoring service for a good medical GPS watch. However, there are other solutions available such as personal trackers that can be kept in the pocket and paid on a month-to-month basis for live tracking service. But these devices are only portable and cannot be fastened around the wrist like a Medical GPS watch.