By Greg Bartlett
Many people, who are somewhat less than mentally competent, live in our cities and have freedom to roam at will. Autism affects many children in this country who do not relate to the outside world in the same way that most people do. These individuals tend to live in their own world and only react to the real world on a very limited scale that involves doing things in the same way every day with little or no variation. If their routine is thrown off, these individuals can become completely lost within just a few blocks of their home.
Alzheimer’s is another disease that affects many elderly people. This disease causes the individual afflicted to live in the past. This results in the individual not knowing where they are even if they are in their own home. The further along Alzheimer’s progresses the more disoriented the individual becomes in their surroundings. Because of the nature of Alzheimer’s disease, the majority of Alzheimer’s patients are put into a nursing home or other facility where the staff is more equipped to handle them. Despite this Alzheimer’s patients still often get lost close to their residences.
For the parents, children, or unrelated caregivers of these mentally deficient individuals, there is now a technology that is proven to be helpful in locating lost individuals quickly and efficiently so that someone can recover them and get back to their home unharmed. GPS tracking can be used with a bracelet or similar jewelry item that is worn by the individual and sends out a signal that can be picked up and read by a computer with an internet connection so that the whereabouts of the person can be ascertained quickly when it is noticed that they are missing.
This particular use of GPS tracking systems has saved the lives of many Alzheimer’s patients who have wandered away from nursing homes and skill nursing facilities. These are often located in a semi rural area where the patient can become lost within a quarter mile of the facility and not be able to find his/her way back, even if he/she realizes he/she is lost. In the past, many patients have been searched for in a manhunt that lasted for several days before being found, dead from exposure, usually less than a mile from where they went missing from. The same technology can be applied to Autistic individuals and others with an altered mental capacity. For more information about GPS technology call Rocky Mountain Tracking, Inc. at 1-888-242-0500.