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GPS Locator watch help
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:17:27 pm »
I need one. 
Long story short:
My Dad-in-law has been diagnosed with advanced dementia.   A brilliant, fascinating, loving, God-serving family man is losing who he is. 
He's had a few "wandered off" incidents in the recent past, but it's getting worse.
My Mom-in-law wants to get him a GPS locator watch. 
I'm doing research, but I feel this is one place that I can ask for some help and get real results.  Perhaps one of you has gone through this (I hope not), or knows someone, or is just wears a much higher belt in google-fu than I do.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
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    Re: GPS Locator watch help
    « Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 08:05:40 pm »
    I believe those panic button type necklaces (,"I've gagmen and I can't get up") now come with gps in them for just this reason

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    Re: GPS Locator watch help
    « Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 08:38:37 pm »
    I was going to suggest a cell phone with GPS, most any android phone you can do android lost on and from a web interface you can pull current GPS as well as take images from the camera etc. I know it's not ideal because of the size, maybe in a pouch on the belt or something may work. Either way might be a free option of sorts if he already has/carry's a cell phone.

    Otherwise the lifealert type of necklace might be a better go, I'm not very familiar with anything purpose built for this use. Oh and actually something that does come to mind and this sounds terrible, but what about the pet tracking collars etc, not really for collar use but maybe in place of a watch or something along those lines. I suspect something to track your dog would fall in a cheaper category than tracking a person. Maybe I'm wrong but it might be another avenue to look down as an option.

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    Re: GPS Locator watch help
    « Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 08:55:34 pm »
    Go to your nearest Best Buy. They'll have Garmin GPS watches as well as Magellan GPS watches probably the ones that'll be what you're looking for will go for about $165-$180. I know a pro runner that has one of the Garmins, his has the PC connectivity (?) that allows it to be tracked for when he's doing one of the mtn runs, so he can be tracked in case of injury.....that model goes for about $250 or more....
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    Re: GPS Locator watch help
    « Reply #4 on: August 22, 2013, 10:11:53 pm »
    I don't have any experience with any of these yet (and I hope I don't have to for a while). Things I'd look for are battery life, ease of charging, making sure it's something your loved one is likely to have with them, and ease of setup and use.

    There appear to be a lot of options out there. These are just a couple I found in 30 seconds of googling.
    http://www.navistargpsshoe.com/mens-aetrex-navistar-gps-shoes/
    http://www.amazon.com/Tracking-Device-Finding-Alzheimer-Patients/dp/B00897ZZAQ
    http://www.amazon.com/CelReal-tracker-locator-Elderly-business/dp/B00DJ47PCK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_4
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    « Reply #5 on: August 23, 2013, 12:46:10 am »
    First off, I'm very sorry to hear about your father-in-law.  We lost my mother to the same condition two years ago and it is one of the toughest things I've ever had to experience.  Whatever you choose ( watch, shoe, necklace, etc. ) be aware that you are now dealing with someone who will exhibit irrational behavior and plan accordingly.  Something that cannot be easily removed from his person is probably best.  We used a GPS phone with my mother at this stage and but it was frequently left somewhere in her wanderings.   
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    Re: GPS Locator watch help
    « Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 05:46:11 pm »
    Thank you, all, for your replies.
    He is pretty good about keeping his cell phone close, but it's gone missing in the past.
    A "panic-button" style is a no-go in case he, not to be cheeky, panics and doesn't realize he has that button.  He has exhibited such behavior in the past.

    JesseL, the vast number of choices is why I posted here.  I know someone here will have something that will help me, such as your suggestions on battey life, etc.  There are other things I probably haven't thought of, I'm sure.

    Coelacanth, thank you and I'm so very sorry about your Mom.  This sucks.  Sucks bad.
    We're trying to find something that will be difficult to remove, passive, but hopefully with "panic button" capability.  I guess, in short, we want it all.

    I've been eyeballing something like this:  http://www.locationbasedgps.com/vega-gps-bracelet/
    but the enormity of choices, as well as the difficulty in admitting how much he's degenerated or soon will, frankly has me confused and unwilling to waste a big chunk of Mom-in-Law's change.

    Thanks, again.
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    « Reply #7 on: August 24, 2013, 02:21:41 am »
    A lot of these items are pretty pricey.  Unreasonably so IMHO.   :scrutiny    We were unable to find a high tech answer to the problem and ultimately resorted to an electronic deadbolt with a numeric keypad for the front door.   Mom resented not being able to "take a walk" whenever she felt like it but letting her wander the neighborhood in her condition was just not an option.
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