GPS Devices

These come in a variety of forms and mean that the person carrying the device can be located via GPS, if they are lost or need help. Some have SOS buttons and two-way speech facilities for people to get help when needed. They can be linked to a call-centre or a person of your choice.

For someone with a learning disability, or perhaps who experiences difficulties with memory, the freedom to come and go at will might also come with the risk of getting lost.

Carrying a GPS locating device means having the reassurance that someone who has become lost or who needs help can be located, helping to increase or maintain independence and minimise reliance on a third party.

GPS devices come in a variety of forms. Some have SOS buttons and two-way speech facilities to allow people to get help when needed. They can be linked to a call-centre or a person of your choice. Although there can sometimes be concerns around ‘tracking’ individuals, when used correctly, these devices can enhance independence and empower individuals to be more confident. You can also set geo-fences. These are pre-defined areas which can be tailored to individuals. The device can be set to alert if the individual leaves these areas.

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