Maintaining maximum independence is a typical goal for our patients living with Mild Cognitive Impairment as well as those who love them. More and more, we find that our patients and their loved ones are interested in tracking systems they can use to support independence. Sometimes trackers are used for convenience (e.g. Is my loved one still at the grocery store?) and other times it is used for safety (ex. Where is my loved one, they should be back from their walk by now?). For example, Dr. Locke, director of our HABIT program in Arizona, uses "Find My Friends" on her smart phone with her husband, sisters, and her father. She finds it helpful to be able to quickly check in on everyone. Of course, this tool requires that everyone carries their cell phones with them--It doesn't work if the device is left at home!
Below are some other examples of products that are available to consumers to help with keeping track of each other. If you have a device you’ve used and recommend, please let us know in the comment section below. We would like to hear from you and learn from your experience. Mayo Clinic does not endorse any of these products/devices; these are examples of the types of tools out there. Please do your own research before purchasing a product. These products may also have a monthly fee attached to them.
Many wearable Medical Alert systems also have GPS devices in their neck pendants, wristbands, or watches. The company monitors the GPS location of the person wearing the device in addition to providing emergency medical alert services.
Life Alert: (800)360-0329
Mobile Help: (800)915-8738
Medical Guardian: (800)311-6165
Again, we provide this information as another tool to promote freedom and independence in our patients and loved ones with memory impairment, while being sure they are safe and supported. Have you tried any of these services? Do you have any others to suggest?
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