Locating personal items: What devices could help my mom find her keys and purse?
What devices could help my mom find her keys and purse?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate for your particular situation. Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.
Tracking technology can be extremely useful when items go missing. The Tile Mate Bluetooth Item Tracker (at Amazon Canada) is a popular device that helps locate lost items by using Bluetooth technology. Attach the Tile device to the item that is often lost, and use the cellphone application to help find it when it is misplaced. Tile Mate will ring loudly to help you search for the item. This product, which ranges in price from about $25 to $60 (CDN), can also be purchased from a number of other online retailers, including, Best Buy Canada and Staples Canada.
Another similar device that uses Bluetooth technology is the Rinex Smart Tracker (at Amazon Canada), it costs about $28 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
Dementia Care Central provides some strategies for managing the misplacement of items, such as using memory aids or keeping spare copies of all important items.