People who have spent some time with any Alzheimer’s patient know the value and importance of fitting the patient with an Alzheimer’s bracelet. Owing to the random and unpredictable nature of memory loss patterns that arise in the various stages of Alzheimer’s development, it helps that we can rely on technology to minimize the consequences of the memory loss to a minimum. This is where an Alzheimer’s bracelet can come in handy.
An Alzheimer’s bracelet is basically a tracking device put on a patient’s wrist, or ankles, from which a locator signal can be placed. This locator signal can be used to pinpoint the specific location of any patient within a house, facility, or even city. Depending on the specific technology being employed, we can be fairly certain of the patient’s whereabouts and can subsequently rely on the technology to point us in the right direction if we need to search for a missing patient.
The first applications of the Alzheimer’s bracelet was first done in housing facilities where there were far too many patients that needed to be tracked at any given time. Considering that these housing facilities were generally considered more secure because of their design and the number of personnel that keeps watch on patients, the addition of an Alzheimer’s bracelet may be considered unnecessary. Yet, it was quickly apparent that even within the confines of a facility, the bracelet can be relied on to help identify the specific location of any patient at any given time.
This led to many homes now opting to have an Alzheimer’s bracelet for all patients in the mid-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s development. The bracelets can either be made from radio frequency identification technology (RFID), or the more sophisticated and comprehensive GPS technology. Either way, the benefits and value of being secure in the knowledge that any patient can be tracked at any given time offsets any additional cost that goes into purchasing the bracelet and setting up the system.
As a matter of diligence, it also helps to understand the differences in these two competing technologies. RFID bracelets are ideal for smaller locales because they require a sensor installed in a specific location in order to work. In a house, for example, RFID sensors can be installed in specific rooms and in pathways leading to the gate. Once a patient wearing a bracelet passes through these sensors, the signal is sent to a receiver which alerts the house that a specific sensor is being tripped.
In contrast, GPS technology is much more extensive but also more costly. It can be used to track the locations of patients across a big city. If you have a loved ones with Alzheimer’s who prefers to run their own errands but occasional suffer from memory impairment, you can be confident that you always know where they may be and that you can pick them up at any time. GPS technology is widely used in many applications and works because it communicates with an overhead satellite to pinpoint location.
Regardless of the technology, there is no doubt that an Alzheimer’s bracelet is a great tool to track patients with memory problems. It is a worthwhile investment which helps us find security in the knowledge that we are always aware where our loved ones are at any all times. That assurance and security is something that can give families a peace of mind, and is certainly a cause for ease at a time when anxiety is the common theme in one’s life.