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  Caregiver Solutions –
Technology Supports for the Wanderer
It is estimated that six out of ten people living with dementia will wander, creating a new level of stress for family members.
Miles for Memories offers several programs to create greater peace of mind and support for the caregiver. One such program in Calhoun County is the Help Home program, which is designed to help the person living with dementia return home safely with less anxiety and worry.
The Help Home program allows family members (or other authorized person)
to submit a form containing pertinent information about the person living with dementia directly to law enforcement. This information is entered into a local database managed by the Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority 911 center. This database is immediately accessible to patrol units in the field and allows them to do a simple name inquiry to receive pertinent information, current place of residence, as well as contact information for those who wish to be contacted in the event of an emergency. When a call comes into 911 that
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includes either the name or address of a participant, responders are alerted. Both the person living with dementia as well as their emergency contact are encouraged to submit a Help Home form. There is no cost to participate in this program.
Interested family members
can go directly to the website at for more information. Next, click on the Safe Return Programs button. There you can download a Help Home brochure, or
read more about each of the programs. Community partners include the Calhoun County Sheriff, Emergent Health Partners also known locally as LifeCare Ambulance, and the Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority.
Anyone registered in the Help Home database is also encouraged to wear
the Personal I.D. bracelet. This piece of technology is available to be worn by
the person living with dementia, and/or their caregiver. It provides support for the person beginning with the earlier stages of dementia to continue to be active. When worn by the caregiver, the note
field can contain information alerting authorities to find the care receiver. Note: You do not need to be registered in the database for the bracelet to be effective.
The Personal ID bracelet is a visual component worn by the person that securely stores their complete medical profile online, which can be accessed by first responders in five seconds or less. Anyone with a smart phone can scan the QR code on the backside of the metal part on the gray band. The emergency responder only needs to open the camera app on their phone and hold over the
QR code until a yellow button appears. Pressing the button will result with a new screen that identifies the person in front of them along with a red button to reach out to their emergency contact. Pressing the button sets the action in motion. Details can be sent to the emergency contact’s mobile phone and identified email address. Time saves lives.
A new benefit for those choosing the Personal I.D. bracelet (or Nugget, which
is a slider that fits onto an existing watch band) is the location identification feature.
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