WanderSearch Pendants don’t stop people from going missing, but they do help in finding them!
For many people caring for someone with Dementia/Cognitive impairment there is always a fear that they may wander off and not be able to find their way home again. This can create a lot of stress for the carer/care facility who have to locate them if they do go missing and often do not know where to start looking.
The pendant is worn around the client’s neck in the form of a necklace. If it can’t be worn around the neck other options can be considered but the effectiveness of the device is greatly reduced. It has a tracking device inside it, which emits a silent signal and is easily traced by using the receiver unit. Each pendant transmits its own unique frequency so that it is easily identifiable from any other pendant. They give a tracking range of approx. 700-900 meters in most situations and the pendant automatically transmits the signal every one and a half seconds. It is not necessary for the wearer to operate the pendant and there is no button to press. When the police are notified of a lost person with a WanderSearch pendant they use a signal receiver unit with a directional antenna to track the signal.
In most cases the device could help locate the person wearing the pendant within 30 minutes of deployment - within the city boundaries – depending on where the person normally lives and the place where the tracking unit is kept. The person is often found by the time it would usually take to set up a land based search and rescue effort.
There are a number of ways that carepartners may be able to stop or reduce the frequency that a person with dementia/cognitive impairment wanders, or if the person does wander, enable them to stay safe.
- Ensure your section is fully fenced with a latched gate to allow for safe walking within the home section.
- Have an identity bracelet made for the person or sew labels into clothing. Include information such as their name and your telephone number.
- There are a number of electronic devices that can alert you when a person wanders away from a designated area.
- Consider bells and buzzers which sound when external doors are opening. Install a chain latch or similar door locks. Visit the Life Unlimited store to find out about the range of products available.
Life Unlimited Store: Palmerston Street, Hamilton. (07) 839 5506
- Alert neighbours and local shop keepers to the problem so they can understand the situation and keep a watchful eye on the person.
- Provide meaningful or physical activities to keep the person occupied.
When Someone goes missing:
- Call 111—Police
- Advise that a person with dementia/cognitive impairment has gone missing.
- Confirm that they are wearing a WanderSearch Pendant/Device.
- Ask for the Police Search and Rescue to be sent to your place.