A new specialised GPS tracking system, now available in the UK, enables carers and families to know where a person with dementia is at any moment.
The Keruve GPS Locator from Vision Localisation Systems combines a wristwatch tracker device and a portable receiver (pictured).
The device’s commercial launch in the UK took place on World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September).
Keruve is designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s who want the freedom and independence of going for walks alone but who may become lost, a common symptom of the condition.
The GPS tracking watch, designed to resemble a wristwatch, communicates with the receiver so that a carer or family member can press a button to see where the person is.
The map on the receiver screen enables the carer to find the tracker wearer without needing to follow street names. The simple user interface is designed for carers who may lack confidence with new technology.
The Keruve watch combines four tracking systems, enabling the carer to find the user even if they are indoors or below ground. It has a safety lock so the user cannot take it off, includes an alarm button and can notify the carer if the user leaves their usual area.
Different models and designs of the watch are available. The strap is made of a thermosensitive material that adapts to the shape of the wrist and the user’s body temperature.
The Keruve tracking system has no distance limits and works from any location via the mobile phone network. It has been used since 2007 by hundreds of families, Alzheimer’s associations and care organisations worldwide.
Based in Spain, Vision Localisation Systems is a pioneer in the development of tracking systems for people with dementia.