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The Use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Location Devices in Dementia Care

A Global Positioning System (GPS) location device can be used to pinpoint or track the location of a person who is wearing the device in real-time. 

This device may be of use to assist in locating, or tracking the movement of a person wearing the device if they become lost, or if there is a concern about the person’s whereabouts.

A GPS device may benefit a person living with a diagnosis of dementia who through cognitive disability may find wayfinding difficult, or a person who requires the security of a safety measures such as the knowing or monitoring their whereabouts.  

This helpsheet details when the use of a GPS may be appropriate, consent, and what to consider when introducing and using a GPS.