GPS location

GPS devices or apps on mobile phones are a very good way to locate someone – but they only work if they are:

Mobile Location Sharing App
Mobile Location Sharing App. (Photo LandSAR)
  1. Kept on the person whenever they are likely to go walking.
  2. Charged up and turned on – mobile phones and other GPS devices generally need charging every couple of days.
  3. Usually a data plan will be required.
  4. Within the cellular network coverage area.
  5. 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.