The Importance Of A Personal Medical Alert System For Alzheimer’s Patients

As people grow up, they watch their parents and other loved ones grow older right before their eyes. This is a beautiful, natural process, but also difficult to watch as they witness their loved ones’ memories become less and less reliable. At first, they may just tell the same story a couple of times before they realize it’s something they’ve already said. As memory loss progresses with age, sometimes it becomes necessary to ask the question, “Is my loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease?” It’s a difficult question to ask oneself and many people live in denial until something serious happens, forcing them to recognize the severity of the situation. When a forgetful person or an Alzheimer’s patient is in someone’s care, it’s an informed and intelligent decision to purchase a Personal Medical Alert System for that patient.

Alzheimer’s disease is an already devastating diagnosis for anyone. For those that are unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s disease, it is a form of dementia, sometimes referred to as pre-senile or senile dementia. It is a progressive disease that cannot even be 100% diagnosed until the person has died and an autopsy on their brain is performed. Symptoms that are present can at least lead to a preliminary diagnosis. The most common symptoms are progressive loss of memory, impaired speech, limited thought processing and eventually it will lead to death.

For both the patients and their loved ones, an Alzheimer’s disease preliminary diagnosis can be incredibly upsetting and difficult to deal with. As the family member continues to fade away, it becomes especially difficult for the family and caregiver because the patient no longer even realizes who is around them. They can become agitated, frightened and even prone to leaving their residence unattended. A Personal Medical Alert System cannot erase the difficulties and pain of an Alzheimer’s patient’s behavior, but they can provide a caregiver and family members with the peace of mind needed to persevere.

Personal Medical Alert Systems have a variety of uses but with Alzheimer’s patients there are two main rewards to investing in one. First, they return a certain level of independence to the wearer. This independence, no matter how small it may be, will do wonders for their health and self-esteem. Many times Alzheimer’s patients are not only confused and forgetful about life events and people they’ve known for many years, but also they are sad and confused because they do not understand what is happening to them, and why so many strangers around them are so frustrated. By allowing them to have some independence, which is truly only safe if they are equipped with a Personal Medical Alert System, they can regain some of the autonomy that they have lost and will progressively continue to lose. As sad as the situation is, sometimes the best thing one can do is just give them as much independence as they can while they can still safely experience it.

The other main reward for investing in a Personal Medical Alert System for an Alzheimer’s patient is the peace of mind their loved ones are provided with. Alzheimer’s patients are prone to wandering off. Even if there is a caregiver with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that one moment when they turn their back, or leave the room to prepare something in the kitchen, the patient could have walked out the door and out of sight. This can become a very scary and panicked situation. If the patient is without a Personal Medical Alert System, no one will be able to help them find their way back home. Personal Medical Alert Systems come with a pendant that can also be used as a watch. In some models, these pendants/watches use GSM and an ultra-accurate GPS. This is a superior option to a cell phone which is not small enough to be worn all the time, does not provide GPS tracking, and does not provide two-way speaker dialing like the pendants/watches can. Whether the Personal Medical Alert System pendant is worn as a watch or a pendant, it’s activated with the simple touch of a button. Furthermore, Personal Medical Alert Systems contain necessary medical information to help people who encounter the wearer get the proper medical attention if needed.

Consider the following true story – a man who is in constant care for his mother round the clock. She is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and she does not even remember who he is at this point. He’s frustrated and tired. And he has not yet purchased a personal medical alert system for his ailing mother.

The man and his mother had gone to sleep as per usual one evening. When he woke up the next morning, his mother was missing. He was so frightened; he ran out into the street and drove around the neighborhood looking for her. He even filed a police report. She did not turn up until 3 days later. She had made her way to a home almost 5 miles away. She had insisted it was her home, and the homeowners called the police. Since she could not tell them her name, she was transferred to a rehabilitation center, until the missing person’s report put together whom she was and where she had come from. A nurse at the rehabilitation home actually suggested a Personal Medical Alert System to him and he purchased one for her. Although he does admit now that she’s wandered off since, she has never been missing for more than an hour since she started wearing her Personal Medical Alert System bracelet.

So for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, a Personal Medical Alert System is a vital tool to keep that patient safe. Alzheimer’s disease is an already difficult disease for everyone involved to cope with. Don’t make the situation any harder, and just invest in a Personal Medical Alert System.