Home Page Text size: A | A | A
High contrast:
    Virtual HomeSpecial ConcernsProductsTCH BlogDonateFAQ

Alzheimer's & Dementia
Kitchen & Dining
Living Room - Any Room
Outdoors - Wandering

Product Listing – Watch-Like Emergency Locator System Using Radio Frequencies & Local Safety Agencies

LoJack Wristband Device

1) Lojack Safety Net
Initial fee $99
Monthly fee $30
Financial assistance may be available.
May be covered under a Medicaid waiver (varies state by state)

2) Project Lifesaver
Initial fee $99
Monthly fee $25 - 30
(Costs may vary as some local agencies may be able to provide wristbands at discounted rates.)

Watch YouTube Video

ID Still Needed. If the person is missing, but beyond the one mile limit, he or she still needs to be identified when found. Consider a wallet size ID card or labels sewn into the person's clothes.

The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

This emergency locator system uses FM radio waves to locate a missing person who is wearing the device. If the person is missing, you, the caregiver, call the designated authorities (usually 911), and file a missing person report. Then trained law enforcement or another public safety agency is dispatched with specialized equipment to pick up the unique signals - up to one mile - emitted from the person's device. Once the person is found, law enforcement escorts the person home. This radio frequency locator system, in the right situation, can provide peace of mind for you, the caregiver, and help find loved ones and save lives.

To Qualify. You (or another caregiver) may need to provide medical documentation and agree to test and log the battery function daily.

Batteries. A representative from the local law enforcement or other safety agency in charge of the program will make a monthly home visit to change the batteries and make sure the device is working properly.

Average rescue time is under 30 minutes

Effective in some places where other location technologies may not work

Could help a person continue living in the community

Privacy protection - person's location is only reported to emergency personnel

Device is waterproof; band is secure (can only be removed by cutting)

No system is foolproof

Person needs 24/7 caregiver to notice they're missing

Device only tracks up to a mile (but most wanderers are found within this distance)

Local law enforcement must have special equipment

Person may refuse to wear device

Person may become agitated wearing the device

Currently no choice in device color or style

This product has not been tested by ThisCaringHome.org.

Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.

How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".

© Weill Cornell Medical College | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Share/Bookmark