The challenge for every family caring for a loved one with cognitive decline is balancing safety concerns with the need to respect the independence and dignity of their loved one. Thanks to a new program, families in Calhoun County have another tool which, in some cases, will allow their loved ones to remain in the community longer. The device is a lightweight wristband that carries information about the person wearing it: where they live as well as some medical information. Police and other emergency personnel in Calhoun County are educated about the wristband and know how to access that information when they come across someone wearing one. “Whether it’s Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of impairment, families are often concerned that if their loved one is left alone, they may wander off and get lost,” says Sherii Sherban, Steering Committee Chair with Miles for Memories. “Fears about safety can sometimes lead to looking at institutional care before it is necessary. One of the goals of our program is to support families that are trying to keep loved ones independent longer. In many cases, we believe this wristband can help.”
If you would like to learn more about the wristband, or are interested in obtaining one for someone in your family, contact Ms. Sherban at (269) 979-1412 (extension 302 or 305).