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How can medical alert systems help with caregiving?

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Medical alert systems have a bracelet or pendant with an alarm button. When your loved one presses the button, an operator at a call center answers. Depending on the company you choose, they'll notify a specific person or an emergency service, or perhaps talk through a device like a speakerphone. Some wearables might detect that the person has fallen, too.

You may also be able to get buttons that you can place around their home, like near the bath, in case they aren't wearing their device.

Beth Kallmyer, director of client services for the national office, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

AARP: "Staying Connected to Those Who Care."

Alzheimer's Association: "MedicAlert and Safe Return."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Assistive Technology."

McCarron, P.S. "Getting the Help You Need," Take Care: (National Family Caregivers Association), Summer, 2008.

Pathfinders for Autism: "Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency."

AARP: “9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Beth Kallmyer, director of client services for the national office, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

AARP: "Staying Connected to Those Who Care."

Alzheimer's Association: "MedicAlert and Safe Return."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Assistive Technology."

McCarron, P.S. "Getting the Help You Need," Take Care: (National Family Caregivers Association), Summer, 2008.

Pathfinders for Autism: "Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency."

AARP: “9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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