|One of my medical alert bracelets|
With those thoughts in mind, I called Mom and pitched the idea to her. She liked the idea right away. The concern we both have is not what the jewlery should say; but if we could get Lyn to wear it and keep it on. Mom decided to tackle that while I got in touch with our brother who is a fire fighter and paramedic. When I tossed the idea to him, he responded enthusiatically, saying that he's never seen an individual with dementia wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace which identifies their altered mental functioning. He believes it would be very beneficial if Lyn were ever in a situation which necessitated assistance from people she doesn't know.
When the idea was posed to Lyn, Mom reminded her that I wear a medical alert bracelet every day. Mom pointed out that when we get excited or upset, it sometimes makes it hard or us to think clearly or speak clearly. Lyn agreed and liked the idea. She particularly liked that the jewlery could have red on it. My brother and I debated the benefits of a necklace, a set of dogtags or a bracelet. We agreed that she would take of the necklace or dogtags and could get seperated from it, even if she kept it in her purse. She does not have the manual dexterity to remove a bracelet on her own unless it slips over her hand.
So, it was agreed that Lyn will have a medical alert bracelet. Lyn likes this idea. While Mom went to get the tape measure, Lyn said "I just want to say thank you for thinking about this and how you guys are helping me." It was very sweet and a bit unexpected. I told her that we take care of the people we love and that we love her a whole bunch.
With the measurements in hand, I ordered Lyn a bracelet with the red emergency symbol. It will have the safety clasp that I even have trouble with and is measured to not slip over her hand. It is being engraved with her name, "Dementia PT" and "Intellectually Disabled" on the front. On the back, it has "ICE: (Mom's Name)" and Mom's cell number. I also ordered myself a new one. Mine are scuffed enough to be a bit difficult to read and need to be replaced.
Our bracelets will arrive in about 2 weeks.