Tracking Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Special Needs Patients
- Hospitals cannot afford staff to watch their dementia, Alzheimer’s and special needs patients at all times.
- These patients have a propensity to wander and can quickly and easily wander away from their
hospital room or their floor or even the facility itself.
- Once lost, they can become frightened and very wary. They may not respond to anyone
including known adults. And they become susceptible to being preyed upon by others who may
have malicious intent.
- A GPS “watch” locator bracelet is attached to the patients arm by an authorized staff member upon admission.
- The device cannot be removed by the person wearing it as it takes two hands to remove it.
- The locator bracelet monitors their location at all times.
- The locator bracelet is not obvious and can be difficult for other patients to remove
- Their location will be available via a mobile device carried by the responsible party.
- The GPS device can be programmed with a “geo-fence” that will automatically send an alert if the patient ventures beyond a designated point or area (say, their hospital room).
- Special needs patients can be tracked at all times and easily found if they wander.
- Fewer staff are required to monitor the same number of patients.
- Family members have greater confidence that their parent or loved one will be safe.
- The special needs patient wearing a GPS bracelet is actually safer as he or she is less likely to wander to a different part of the hospital (including rest rooms) or outside without being noticed and redirected.
- Hospitals can avoid the embarrassment and potential litigation associated with injury to a wandering or lost patient.
- Hospitals can attest to the whereabouts of their special needs patients at all times in order to comply with regulations and provide assurance to the families of their patients.