New GPS devices

Our newest line of assistive technology to help keep you and your loved ones safe and independent at home has arrived!

We have added several new GPS tracking devices to our stockline for people may go purposeful walking in their community or may become lost whilst out and about. These devices use GPS technology to pinpoint the service user's location and allow their Responders to collect them should it become apparent they have become lost. These new devices all have some of the following functions:

  • SOS button if the user recognises they have become lost to call for help.
  • Geo-fencing capabilities. This means we can programme in 'safe-zones'  the user and their family are happy for the user to access certain parts of their community, but when they step outside of their safe-zone an alert is created to prompt a Responder to collect them. One device even allows us to programme in 'unsafe-zones' if there are particular areas the user should not be accessing.
  • 'Real-time' tracking using website...
  • Fall detectors that will raise an automatic alarm if the user falls whilst wearing the device, wherever they might be.
  • Variety of shapes and sizes to suit the user.

Many groups of vulnerable adults could benefit from a GPS device, from people with learning difficulties to those diagnosed with a memory impairment such as Dementia. The Gloucestershire Telecare service provides a safer environment for all its service users, at the same time as promoting their independence

Kirsty Abel, Telecare Development Officer at Gloucestershire Telecare, and leading on the new GPS devices project here, said: "As a technology service we are always trying to think of new and innovative ideas on how we can improve the technology we offer. By introducing this range of GPS devices we have increased our ability to assist and help significantly more people across the county. These devices not only offer a safer environment, but offer the carer and families' peace of mind. The devices are discreet in their appearance and have been designed to replicate a car key or a mobile phone. Our trained assessors will help find the most suitable device best for the individual's needs."

To find out if you or someone you know are eligible for a GPS device, or any other free Telecare equipment, contact your Adult Helpdesk on 01452 426868.

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