Knowing the exact location of individuals with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism and Dementia are a very crucial and part of the special attention that they require. However, locating these individuals requires the help of a GPS personal locator. Choosing the correct GPS personal locator for them can be a little daunting with all the choices there are on the market today. For that reason, we have created a comprehensive GPS personal locator buying guide to save you from the struggle of finding the GPS tracker that matches your needs.

It is clear that you are looking for a functional GPS personal locator to help you track your loved ones. So, when choosing a GPS device for them, take your time and give it all the consideration it deserves. Below are the things you should be looking for in a GPS personal locator.

Map Display

Do you want a map display? There are those GPS receivers that will display the map of the location for you, while others will not. If you want to view maps on your GPS receiver, then you will choose the model that displays maps. There are also models that work with your smartphone – allowing you to visually see where the device is located.

Display Screen

Another thing to consider when choosing a GPS personal locator is the display screen. Make sure the screen is large enough for you to comfortably read. Also, check the screen’s visibility; it should be visible in bright sunlight, at night, and in poor weather conditions. Another thing to put across concerning the display screen is the size of unit versus the size of the screen. Have in mind that the size and weight of a unit increase proportionally with the increase of screen size. So, decide on the unit size and screen that you prefer.


Memory is a very crucial factor not only in GPS personal locators but also in other digital devices. When choosing a GPS locator, find out how much internal memory it has and whether it can be expanded. The memory feature is very important especially if you are interested in a GPS receiver that supports map uploading. Having the ability to upload a map to use when service / WIFI is not available is a key factor.


We don’t want a GPS device that will shut down just an hour after leaving the house. So, be sure to purchase a GPS personal locator with good battery life. The most important question to ask when determining the battery life is; how many hours does the GPS locator run on a set of batteries? How many days? How long does it take to recharge?

Advanced Features

Some of the GPS personal locators come with advanced features like a barometer, WIFI, pedometer, fall detection and an electronic compass. If you are in need of any of these advanced features, be sure to ask if the GPS device you are purchasing includes those features.

Interface Preference

GPS personal locators have various interface preference. For instance, some are full touch screens while others are operated using buttons. Some of the GPS personal locators are touch screens with few buttons here and there. So, it all relies on your interface preference. Most GPS personal locators now work with your iPhone or Android device. This makes using the device very simple and intuitive.

External controls

This feature is very much related to the interface preference. External controls refer to the button controls on the device. Do you want a device with external controls? Are the button within reach and easy to use? Will the person wearing the device find it frustrating to operate? Those are some of the questions to ask yourself when considering the external controls of a GPS personal locator.

User Interface

GPS manufacturers now include free apps that are available for both iPhone and Android devices. Within these apps, you have the ability to set up “safe zones” or geofences. When the wearer leaves one of these areas you will get an alert. Scheduling alerts are also available, for example; when a child leaves school or arrives home, removal detection or low battery warnings. A GPS personal locator with a good user interface should be easy and intuitive to operate and should include any of the functions you feel are imperative.

Final Verdict

Providing you with the best GPS locators for people with cognitive disorders is not only what we do here at Adiant Mobile, but it is also our passion. After discussing the comprehensive guide to buying a GPS personal locator, we are confident that you will have no trouble when making a purchase. Go ahead and use the knowledge to evaluate what we have to offer.