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Tracking Devices for Your Wandering Parent

A GPS tracking device for your aging parent?  I know, it sounds a little strange at first…  at least it did to me.  I had really only heard of tracking devices being used by search and rescue teams, the police, and possibly the nervous parents of toddlers and/or new teenage drivers.  But, then you throw in the additional word “wandering” before “aging parent,” and my curiosity was peaked.  Maybe there are more uses and benefits than I originally thought.

So, I recently began to read up on the various tracking device options that are out in themarket. Similar to satellite navigation systems found in cars, smaller tracking devices allow its wearer’s location to be accurately pinpointed.  And, it turns out that there is quite a wide array of devices in regards to size, placement, tracking abilities etc.  Regarding placement, I was amazed to learn that GPS tracking devices can be found in items including watches, water-resistant bracelets and even shoes!

Therefore, they aren’t yet another “thing” that your loved one has to remember to put on/wear.  If it’s in an item of clothing or an accessory that they wear every day, it will be that much more effective.  I am not writing this to promote one company over another, so you won’t see specific GPS device tracking company names listed here.  In alignment with FirstLight Home Care’s Culture of Care Promise, I am simply sharing some hopefully informative and helpful information to adult children with wandering parents.

GPS tracking devices have a proven track record of saving lives.  When it comes to the elderly, they have been especially helpful to families of those suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory-related problems.  If you have a parent or family member who shows a consistent pattern of forgetful behavior, or may struggle living an independent life, a personal monitoring GPS tracking device will make your life easier and less stressful.

If you need help with caregiving for a loved one, visit the FirstLight Home Care website at for the caregivers nearest you.


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