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Injuries and Medical Emergencies

In-home caregivers for people with dementia have to be prepared for any kind of injury or medical emergency.

“Alzheimer's disease destroys brain cells responsible for memory, thinking and behavior, posing immediate safety concerns for people living with the disease and enormous challenges and stress for their caregivers,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early-Stage Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The Alzheimer's Association encourages families to educate themselves about the disease and plan ahead for potential safety issues.”

Chances are, even people who do not personally know someone with dementia, have heard stories in the news of someone with the degenerative brain disease who has wandered away from home. Wandering is a significant worry for the in home caregivers of people with dementia, especially because it raises the risk of a dangerous fall.

“As part of a care and safety management plan, families should consider enrolling in MedicAlert® +Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®,” said Ms. Moreno. “In addition to serving as a 24-hour nationwide emergency service for individuals with Alzheimer’s who wander, the jewelry identification that the person with Alzheimer's wears will inform first responders of their medical information in the event of a medical emergency.” She also recommends that caregivers wear matching jewelry identification so that, if something happens to them, the first responders will realize they are the caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's who may need attention.