Keeping your loved one living with Dementia safe: Review of Trackimo Devices

We were fortunate to have Lizzie Booth join us at our Somerset West support group recently. Lizzie works for Trackimo in the Western Cape. The Trackimo device discussed is a compact, lightweight device with long-lasting battery life (3 days) which provides families with tracking services, which can be used to keep your loved one with dementia safe and provide families with a sense of reassurance.

Advantages

  • It is a small device which can be hid in the lining of the person’s pants, a small pocket can be created; where you can place the device so that you are assured the person living with dementia doesn’t remove it.

  • You can set a GEO fence on the device, which is a virtual barrier/boundary, the person with dementia can go for their daily walks within their usual route and if they go beyond their route, a person (their care provider/family member) will be notified via SMS and Email.

  • The device connects with the app on the care provider’s device (either cell phone/laptop) and it does not work with data, it works with GSM and GPS connections, which is worldwide and provides an accurate position of where the person is.

Disadvantages

  • As with many technical devices, the battery needs to be charged every 3-4 days, depending on use. A message will be sent to the care provider/family member when the battery becomes flat. There are car chargers available as well for the device.

  • The device is not waterproof, but they do sell waterproof cases that will protect the device.

  • At times the device loses signal in a shopping centre due to the metal roof and you are then not able to identify the exact location of the person.

Costs and Logistics

  • The average cost is R1500.00 with 12 months subscription fee included

For any further questions or queries feel free to contact Lizzie Booth, at liz@singerphoto.co.za or 082 376 6776

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