Medical Alarms with GPS

LifeWatch Medical Alarm

The Cellular Medical Alarm with GPS is a small, lightweight, limited use cell phone with GPS, designed to be used for emergencies. The unit cannot receive calls.

Features

  • You or another caregiver can use the GPS feature to locate the person with the device by using the internet at any time (up to 75 times per month).
  • The GPS function can be used to set a safety zone, so that if the person carrying the device crosses the boundary of that zone, an alert is sent automatically to you, the caregiver, or another family member.
  • The person can also push the SOS button to send alerts to two contacts.
  • There is also a speed dial button with a programmable number so the person can make an emergency outgoing call.
  • The unit cannot receive calls. Note that LifeWatch does not refer to the device as a cell phone, since the features are very limited.

PROS

  • Small size (1.1 by 3.5 inches) makes it easy to carry
  • SOS button useable by person without cell phone skills (if they can remember to use it)
  • Holds charge for 22 hours
  • Ability to locate person (depending on cell and GPS coverage)

CONS

  • Cell phones and GPS are sometimes out of range
  • Unit cannot receive calls
  • The person may not remember to push the SOS button
  • The person may not remember they have the device on them or even what function it serves
  • A person with dementia probably won’t remember to charge the device every day or even how to charge it

CAUTION

  • Some people with Alzheimer’s may refuse to carry the device. The small size makes concealment a possibility, but this strategy should be used with caution.
  • This unit is best used with a live-in caregiver.