How Senior Living Communities Can Benefit from GPS Tracking for their Residents

16 May 2016

One of the most terrifying fears families of older adults in advanced stages of dementia face is the fear of their loved ones wandering off and forgetting the way home, who they are, or where they are. The idea of a parent wandering around lost, confused, and, quite likely, afraid is one of the most common reasons adult children consider when placing aging parents, particularly those with advancing stages of memory impairments, in senior living communities for better protection.

Many senior living communities are adopting portable GPS tracking units that help them locate residents with memory impairments quickly and efficiently when they wander off. The benefit of these devices go well beyond the ability to geographically identify the location of residents who have wandered off, though.

These are just a few of the ways senior living communities are using GPS to keep tabs on their residents.

Set Alarms to Send Notifications when Wearer Crosses Specified Boundaries

This provides notification to the facility anytime a resident wearing one of these bracelets passes a specific boundary. It can be the edge of the property, the parking lot, or the exits to the building. Once the threshold or boundary is crossed staff members will receive an alert via text message, email, or other specified method letting them know of the danger so the appropriate next steps can be taken.

The other benefit is that it allows memory care residents to have some degree of freedom on the property or within their own homes while offering the security of the GPS tracking once they leave their safe zones.

The real peace of mind comes to family members who feel this is an opportunity for their loved ones to feel as normal as possible while still having a safety net to keep track of what’s going on.

Tracks Residents for Meals and Other Activities

Depending on the size of the senior living community, it can be quite a chore to track residents who have a tendency to wander off for things like meals, medications, fitness activities, memory care treatments, and other activities that are conducted at specific times. GPS tracking can be conducted indoors and out so that your staff can quickly locate residents and keep them on track for their scheduled activities.

Provide Families with the Ability to Track from Home

Families can’t always come in to check on their loved ones every day. The ability to monitor or “check in” from home can be a game changer when it comes to offering peace of mind. It can also significantly reduce the number of anxious phone calls from families checking in on their parents.

Seconds can matter when a resident may be injured, lost, or afraid. Tech-forward senior living communities are adopting GPS tracking technology for the day to day care of residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory impairments. Is yours?


If you’re interested in getting personal portable GPS tracking units for your senior living community, give us a call here at LiveView GPS at 1-888-544-0494 or feel free to email us at or chat with us here.



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