by ROAD iD Staff December 30, 2020

Choosing a Medical Alert Bracelet for Elderly Friends and Family

Aging is a part of life, as unfortunate as it is. The effects of aging are gradual, whether it’s watching wrinkles appear on your face, your back hurting more frequently or slowly noticing you aren’t as strong, agile and limber as you once were. If you haven’t noticed any signs of aging in yourself, you’ve probably seen it in your relatives—parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles—or older friends. 

While the effects of aging are gradual, there are sudden events that can permanently change an elderly person’s life, with one such instance being a fall. Whether happening inside or outside of the home, elderly falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries each year, leading to over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.  

But falls aren’t the only worry you’ll have for your elderly family and friends. If they live with medical diseases like diabetes or dementia, there comes a whole number of concerns that need to be taken into account, the foremost being: Will someone be able to help them when they need it most? 

While it’s a scenario you don’t want to imagine, it’s one you should take into account. They might need a caretaker if their health condition is bad enough, but there are other precautions you can take to keep them safe. One of the simplest is a medical alert bracelet for elderly friends and family. 

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The Purpose of a Medical Alert Bracelet

A medical alert bracelet is a wearable accessory which clearly communicates a person’s medical history and personal information. Why is this important for elderly individuals? An elderly friend or family member might become disoriented or unconscious if they have a fall, diabetic attack, stroke or some other accident or emergency. An elderly individual might not be able to get someone’s attention or respond to them in the event of one of these incidents. It’s thus important that they have a means to communicatesomething to them. 

Medical ID bracelets help improve their outcome, following an accident or emergency, by telling a bystander, EMT and/or medical professional their vital information, which can include: their name, emergency contact name and phone number, medical condition, medications,etc

This could save their life in the event of an accident or medical emergency, allowing them to be escorted to a medical professional who knows their medical history and can treat in response to that. For instance, knowing an elderly relative has diabetes will be helpful prior to treatment of falling in public, as it might point to their disease causing the collapse. 

ROAD iD Medical Alert Bracelets

Our medical bracelets are used to protect you in the event that you are unable to help yourself. A ROAD iD medical alert bracelet allows you to carry your vital medical information right on your wrist. In the event of an accident or emergency, where you cannot receive immediate medical attention while responsive, a bystander and/or medical professional can access your name, address and medical information in an instant. 

Our medical bracelets serve many purposes for people from the age of children all the way to elderly, but it is especially helpful for those with chronic conditions and diseases. Here are a few ailments and conditions it can be helpful for. 

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Medical Bracelets for Certain Medical Conditions and Diseases 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and dementia are difficult diseases to live with, whether for the person who has it or those close to them in their life. People with the diseases deal with gradual memory loss, which usually affects their short-term memory. This can include forgetting something someone told them a few hours earlier to something that was mentioned a half-hour ago. 

In later stages of the disease, it will cause large lapses in memory, which include serious brain fog and disorientation. A common response to this is a need to flee from an area, solely out of discomfort. Wandering is common, and it can have serious issues. If they are disoriented, they will have trouble remembering their name, where they live and other relevant information. 

An Alzheimer’s and dementia bracelet is useful for such patients, as it guarantees they have personal information on them even if they become forgetful, disoriented and happen to wander. Anyone who finds them can immediately contact the emergency name and number listed to provide them with assistance in a painful and stressful time. 

elderly diabetic woman pricking finger

Diabetes 

Diabetes is a disease that is difficult to manage, especially for the elderly. Aging can make it harder to remember simple tasks, so an elderly relative or friend might forget whether they took their insulin, checked their blood sugar levels or are properly eating throughout the day. 

To avoid the dangerous side effects that come from diabetes, we recommend a medical alert bracelet for diabetics. This will be engraved with an elderly diabetic’s name, address and emergency contact number. It will also state that they are a diabetic and whether they are Type 1 or 2. Knowing the difference will be beneficial to medical professionals in the event that something happens to this family member or friend, as it allows them to act accordingly. 

Allergies

Allergy attacks are dangerous, as they can lead to a person having a number of symptoms which are dangerous, whether it’s becoming disoriented, becoming physically ill, constricting of the throat or losing the ability to speak and breathe. The latter is a common response for some people, and it’s the most dangerous response of all, as anaphylaxis can be deadly if untreated. 

It’s important that a person with allergies wears a medical bracelet. In the event of an allergic reaction, they’ll have an immediate list of their name and medical conditions for anyone else to read. 

For instance, their medical bracelet might say, “Allergic to nuts/Uses an EpiPen.” If they cannot reach for the EpiPen in time and need assistance, they can show their bracelet to a bystander, pointing to that engraving and insinuating they are in need of assistance. The bystander can then administer help, while considering calling for an ambulance afterwards. 

When Should Medical Bracelets Be Worn?

We recommend that elderly individuals wear their medical alert bracelet at all times, whether inside or outside of the house. This is especially true for any elderly friends or family who enjoy being active. By keeping their personal information on them, they’re able to enhance personal safety in the event of an accident, injury or medical emergency, especially in instances where they are non-verbal or non-hearing and are found by a bystander. 

Similarly, we recommend that anyone with diseases wear a medical alert bracelet while outside of the home. It’s important to take precautions when living with diseases such as diabetes, a heart condition, Alzheimer’s or severe allergies. Although they might have everything they need, such as instant glucose tablets to an EpiPen on them, it is always helpful to have pertinent medical information nearby for others to see and reference. It makes it far easier to administer informed assistance in the event of an emergency. 

Choosing a Medical Alert Bracelet

Our medical bracelets come in a variety of different types and styles, whether you’re looking for medical alert bracelets for women, men or children. 

Band Types

Our bands come in three different styles, all of which can be picked depending on a person’s security and preference. The silicone stretch band is a simple, comfy, no-fuss option which sits on the wrist by stretching it over the hand. 

the silicone stretch band

The clasp band is similar to modern wristwatches, featuring a trim-to-size silicone band secured by a tri-fold clasp for the perfect, dialed-in fit. 

The pin-tuck band is similar to an old wristwatch or belt, allowing users to size their band as needed, securing it by clasping and tucking a metal nib into the silicone strap for a secure and stable fit.

Band Styles

The bands of the ROAD iD medical bracelets come in a variety of colors, helping you match any personality and style. Whether you’re an outdoorsy person, a free-spirit, a professional or the simple-and-straightforward type, we have the band that will fit you.  

Band Widths

Our medical bracelets come in two different sizes: 13mm and 19mm. The 13mm is recommended for children and most women, while the 19mm width might be preferable as a gifted medical alert bracelet for men. Similarly, elderly friends and family might appreciate the size of the 19mm, as it will be more visibly present on the wrist, all without physically feeling it. 

19MM Rose Gold Medical ID

19MM Rose Gold Medical ID

Faceplate Colors 

We offer three colorways for engraved faceplates. These are: rose gold with black engraving; slate with black engraving; and graphite with gold engraving. Faceplate colors can be matched with your band style of choice, whether you want something that’s subverted or something that will catch everyone’s eye. 

What a Medical Alert Bracelet Should Say 

Our emergency bracelets allow for up to five lines of text, which can be customized to your preferences and medical needs. While anything can be listed on a bracelet, we recommend including the following pertinent information on medical alert bracelets for elderly friends and family: 

  • First and last name, per government ID and medical records
  • Permanent address — city, state and zip code
  • Primary emergency contact name and number
  • Secondary emergency contact
  • Specific medical condition(s) and disability
  • Relevant medical information, such as history, devices used or treatment precautions
  • Blood type, if known

While all of the above cannot be fit, you’ll have to consider what information is most relevant to your elderly family member or friend—what will most likely save their life when they most need the assistance.  

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Protecting Your Elderly Friends and Family

The best thing you can do as a younger individual is to help elderly family and friends in your life where they need it, particularly with simple tasks that have become more difficult with time. But you should provide however possible, offering a helping hand even when you’re not around. One simple way is through gifting them a medical alert bracelet while informing them of its uses. It might just help them when they need it most. 

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