What is GPS?
A Global positioning system locates a person’s whereabouts by satellite. When the person leaves what is designated to be a ‘safe area’ the satellite picks up this information and transmits the persons location (via a mobile phone network) to a designated contact.
How will GPS help?
Service users will wear or carry a device that will alert us if a service user goes outside a pre-set boundary which will be agreed by us- which will have been determined following assessment and agreed by family members and the service user. In addition, we will also be able to check the location of the service user and locate the service user if they become lost or distressed. We can then make a family member aware of an alert and they can respond. Alternatively we will arrange for a fully trained care worker to respond to the situation and stay with the service user until the problem is resolved.
Why choose GPS?
GPS is extremely beneficial for a range of service users, especially those with memory impairment, who may sometimes get distressed, lost or confused. This device will enable us to locate the service user and arrange for them to be brought home.
It will also promote the service users independence and enable them to live at home for longer, instead of potentially having to go into a supported living environment. It will promote privacy and allow the service user to go outdoors as they wish, as long as it is deemed safe for them to do so.
In addition, GPS will provide reassurance for friends and family members, reducing stress and anxiety. GPS will enable your relative to be easily located and arrangements made for them to return home. Without the GPS system it can be extremely difficult to locate a service user when outdoors in our community.
Features of GPS