Medic Alert Bracelets For Alzheimer’s Patients
People often use the terms, “Alzheimer’s medical ID bracelet” and “dementia medical alert bracelet,” and similar terms fairly interchangeably. The reason is that people with Alzheimer’s need medical ID jewelry because of the symptoms of dementia. However, it’s important to make the distinction that Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are not the same thing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.”
Medical Alert Bracelets For Dementia
If you or someone you love is living with any form of dementia, medical alert jewelry can be both a safety net and a security blanket. That is, when wearing a medic alert, Alzheimer’s patients who may, “wander” or, “travel” and become disoriented will have their vital information on hand so they can be identified and assisted quickly and effectively. Wearing a medical alert bracelet for dementia also offers peace of mind to the wearer and his or her loved ones.
Safe Return Bracelets are medical ID bracelets for dementia patients as well as other people whose conditions may impact their cognitive functioning, particularly those who are at risk of wandering (sometimes called, “traveling”) without a caregiver.
For people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any related condition, it is important to engrave a few basic pieces of information:
• Name of wearer
• Diagnosis / Diagnoses
• Allergies and Medications
• Emergency Contact Information
As the Alzheimer’s Association notes, “Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, but there are many kinds.” Therefore, it is important to not only engrave medical alert bracelets for dementia patients with their name and, “dementia” as a condition, but also the specific type of dementia such as Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, or Huntington’s Disease.
When choosing medical ID bracelets for Alzheimer’s patients or anyone else living with dementia, here are a few things to consider:
1. What kind of jewelry does the wearer like? Think about whether the intended wearer is used to bracelets versus necklaces.
2 Does the wearer need something with a lot of engraving space? Think about what you need to put on this dementia medical alert and how much engraving space that will take. This will help you narrow down your search. For instance, our medical alert dog tags are very popular and offer some of our largest engraving allowances.
3. Will this medical alert be worn full time? Even early in a diagnosis, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of wearing a dementia medical alert 24/7. This means choosing something water-friendly for showering, yet lightweight and comfortable enough to be worn to sleep. Look for stainless steel medical alerts for men and women for comfortable, hypoallergenic, water-friendly options.
Need more information on choosing a medical ID? Visit our FAQs for help finding the right medical ID, measuring for your medical alert bracelet, or determining what to engrave.
As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.