GPS devices or apps on mobile phones are a very good way to locate someone – but they only work if they are:
- Kept on the person whenever they are likely to go walking.
- Charged up and turned on – mobile phones and other GPS devices generally need charging every couple of days.
- Usually a data plan will be required.
- Within the cellular network coverage area.
- Treated carefully especially mobile phones that can be broken if dropped onto hard surfaces.
So, if these requirements can be managed there are GPS enabled medical alarm options – these offer a raft of features. See the below links for information about two such devices available in New Zealand that are funded for individuals that qualify for MSD’s Disability Allowance:
TraceCare offers the buddi system for information go to their website:
Securely offers the PERS+ system for information go to their website:
Or if the person at risk of going missing and has a mobile phone that they keep with them when out – there are several apps you can install so you can locate them – look online for reviews of location sharing apps to find one that suits your situation.