Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gone in an instant

It has happened to us all. During one time or another, in our lives as parents or caregivers, we have all had the terrible misfortune of losing our child or loved one, if only for a minute. We become distracted, unfocused for the briefest of moments and we take our eye off the ball. Whether it was at an amusement park, crowded stadium, vacation resort, recreational park, airport, or even just going to the local mall or grocery store. For that split second we are detached and then we realize they are gone and our entire world falls apart. Horrible scenarios start racing through our minds; they could be abducted or wander out into the street. Endless tragic situations cross our minds. No matter how incredible a parent or caregiver we are, this has happened to us at one time or another. The fear of losing our child, combined with the feeling with each second that passes with uncertainty of their whereabouts – sits in the pit of our stomachs.

Now let’s paint a vivid picture of a situation and how Gps Connect products can put your mind a bit more at ease. Imagine you are at a crowded county fair or amusement park and your child accidentally wanders off as you are in line paying for the funnel cake you had just purchased. You turn your back for that one split second and realize that your child is nowhere in sight. The fear, horror, shock and panic, create a myriad of emotions all at once. At that time you realize: –it’s going to be OK since your child has a personal GPS device on them and will be able to be found in most cases, within minutes. You have attached a device that allows you to call it, or pull a map up on a smart phone, even contact a monitoring station to give you the exact whereabouts of where your child is within meters. Think about it. Your mind at ease. Think about the fact that your child is lost but not permanently as you have the power to locate them. Think about being able to set up a perimeter, known as a geofence, around your property so that when a child, loved one or even your pet decides to leave that area, you will immediately be alerted.

This is the peace of mind that Gps Connect offers since we supply the best personal GPS tracking devices available for wandering prevention and finding our loved ones in situations similar to the one mentioned above. Feel free to contact Gps Connect if you need help selecting the best solution for your situation. At Gps Connect we are looking forward to helping you in keeping those who are important to you safe!

This article was prepared in collaboration with LifePROTEKT: provides support to those who provide care.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How Gps Connect can help Alzheimer's community

Almost each week we hear terrible news about missing people many of which are elderly Alzheimer's patients prone to wandering. Lucky are those who have been found and safely returned home. However it's not always the case for many of 500,000 Canadians living with defferent types of dementia. It must be a worst nightmare for their caregivers to imagine their loved ones wandering off in the night, lost and confused.

Accross the country, police is busy investigating cases of missing elderly people reported by their caregivers in the hopes that they will be found safe. Though police forces, 911, local community groups and other search parties work tirelessly it's not just enough to hope for the best. There is something that those responsible for Alzheiner's patients can do to prevent the worst from happening.

Today's tehcnology offers a solution for greatly increasing safety of those with cognitive disabilities and Gps Connect's mission is to provide everyone in need with easy to use, realiable and affordable services that can help protect vulnerable members of our society.

The solution Gps Connect offers is really easy to use and affordable: let those who might be at risk of wandering wear a location tracking bracelet with communication abilities that in case of emergency will allow quick locating and rescue of a person in distress. Such devices are not very new on the market but they have been undeservedly overlooked for some time and only recently have started gaining favor with the families of dementia patients. "... I wish he (she) had been wearing that tracking device..." many people said based on their experience.

There are a number of myths surrounding tracking devices and related technoloies. The most common is a misunderstanding that wearing a tracking bracelet will restrict patients' freedom and violate their privacy. Such an opinion is not true and usually based on lack of knowledge about how those devices work. What everyone interested should know is that only authorized people that are presumably relatives or caregivers may receive access to the device location, so the privacy is protected. Secondly, the device may be configured to report its location only in case of an emergency, when, for instance, a wearer wandered too far off their house, or felt down, or pressed a SOS button, thus the freedom is not restricted either.

Gps Connect is committed to advocating location tracking technology and offers its help to everyone interested in adopting location tracking safety solutions. We encourage everyone to contact us with questions and demo requests, or invite us to speak at the community meetings. We are open to collaborate with societies, associations, social and community groups that would like to introduce location tracking safety solutions to their members. Please do not wait until it's already late; prevention is the best strategy when safety is a concern. Contact Gps Connect today or visit our web site for more information.