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Elder Care Services discuss possible GPS tracking bracelets

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:21:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Elder Care Services is looking into alternative tracking bracelets after a resident at one of its facilities went missing for hours.

Earlier this week, Alzheimer's patient, Timothy Gaines, walked away from Elder Day Stay.

Gaines was wearing a Project Life Saver band, which uses FM frequency, not GPS, to help track the person.

The band didn't help locate Gaines, but someone in the community did.

In addition to looking at GPS trackers, the president of Elder Care Services says his non-profit is also exploring ways to protect the doors at its facilities.

"We are looking at some kind of alarm. We do have an alarm on it now, but we are looking at a mechanism that might be activated by a bracelet, so if one of our Alzheimer's clients gets close to the door it sends off the alarm and then they can't unlock the door," said Mark Baldino, President/CEO of Elder Care Services.

Elder Care Services says this is the first time in at least seven years that someone in the organization's care has gone missing.