Started by: Billinge Biker (584)

Picking the forums brains.. My uncle in his early seventies has dementia and hasn't been too much of a problem to his family... Lately and progressively he has started to wander and loose all recognition of his family at times.. He's a big chap and powerful... His sons live nearby but with work commitments can't be at the call of their mum as and when required... Yesterday he went AWOL for an hour or so but luckily was traced and returned home... What we are enquiring about in the family is some sort of personal tracker device.. Be it a watch.. Badge.. Or something similar... Better if it was an item he couldn't remove... Has any of you good souls dealt with anything similar or could recommend an item... Many thanks. B. B.

Started: 12th Jan 2021 at 17:26

Posted by: tonker (23048) 

There's quite a few available. Just type into google - 'gps tracker' or 'vodaphone curve'.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 18:16

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Sorry for your predicament BB. Not had personal involvement, thank the Lord, but an elderly neighbour was doing the same as your uncle and I spent some time searching with her family when she would go AWOL.

Found this though The mini GPS SOS Tracker

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 18:22

Posted by: mrs m (254)

My father suffers from dementia and Alzheimers, at the moment it's mostly confusion, forgetfulness, instability and inability to take care of himself. No wandering yet, maybe never. But I've been looking at this device which can be hidden on his jacket. Sorry, no idea how to post links.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 18:43

Posted by: JR (191)

My mother has vascular dementia and Alzheimer's. As she is independent and lives alone, so I have arranged for 2 care visits each day (I am locked down due to being extremely clinically vulnerable). I initially arranged a visit from the Alzheimer's Society who have been very helpful. If you contact them they can perhaps advise on the best action to take.

Replied: 12th Jan 2021 at 19:39

Posted by: jo anne (33386) 

Mrs M’s Link:

Billinge Biker, if your Uncle lives within the borough, Wigan Council’s website has a good round up of information:

Dementia: Help and Support

Assistive Technology and Equipment

The Council also have a Digital Bungalow - Ancliffe Bungalow - where residents can see and try out technology (restrictions permitting). If you contact them, someone may be able to advise you remotely at the moment:

Adult Social Care Tel. 01942 828777 / Email

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 09:04

Posted by: Billinge Biker (584)

Thankyou one and all... Some good info.

Replied: 13th Jan 2021 at 13:51

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

horrible, horrible disease

Replied: 14th Jan 2021 at 11:52

Posted by: tonker (23048) 

Dementia is not a disease!

Replied: 14th Jan 2021 at 17:04

Posted by: nanajacqui (3582) 

You beat me to it tonker,was just going to educate him

Replied: 14th Jan 2021 at 17:13

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

I'm not the only one to say it and I won't be the last

Replied: 14th Jan 2021 at 17:43

Posted by: Billinge Biker (584)

Be it an ailment or condition it is horrible.... Tracker now obtained and working Brill.

Replied: 17th Jan 2021 at 09:59

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

It is horrible BB, not only for the sufferer but for the family it is very stressful and frustrating. Glad you got the tracker sorted.

Replied: 17th Jan 2021 at 11:44


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