When you’re caring for someone with early Alzheimers symptoms, one of your biggest concerns may be that he’ll get lost.
It’s often a delicate balance between allowing someone with early Alzheimers symptoms to be independent and keeping him safe. He may not need care or watching around the clock. If he still drives or walks you may find yourself worrying that he’ll get lost or confused while out.
When Joe’s doctor diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, his wife Marie wondered how quickly their lives would change.
Joe liked to walk to a local coffee shop for coffee and a doughnut almost every morning. Because it was several blocks away, she was concerned he might get lost. They lived in a small town, and everyone knew Joe.
So when he did get confused, the locals patiently talked to him and walked him home. There was no need for him to carry any special identification because everyone knew him and Marie.
Today that’s not always true even in small towns.
And when a person with Alzheimers symptoms forgets his cell phone, well, he could be hard to reach or find. There’s a low-tech option that can be tucked into multiple pockets and a wallet. It’s an Alzheimer Info Card.
Basically it’s a business card with contact information for a caregiver of the person with Alzheimer’s disease. This is instead of a usual business card, which has contact information for the person carrying the card.
Often the card also states the person has Alzheimer’s. It may have additional information, such as explaining the person may seem or be confused and need assistance.
How can a caregiver use a Contact Alzheimer’s Info Card?
- Put a couple of cards in his wallet with his identification.
- Tuck cards in pockets of clothes he’s likely to wear. Or even some you don’t think he’ll wear just in case! 😉
- If he still drives, put some in the car. Although you should be clear his doctor agrees he’s still able to drive.
The cards may give the caregiver some additional piece of mind.
Because sometimes Alzheimers symptoms can change from day to day. And if he can’t tell someone what’s wrong—for any reason—you know he has your contact information with him.
It’s possible they may never be needed. If they are it makes sense to have the extra cards where they’re most likely to be useful. You may have other places to put cards.
What’s a contact Alzheimer info card template?
A contact Alzheimer info card template is basically a template of a business card. It can be personalized and customized for the individual person.
The contact information can be printed, and any special information about medications, medical issues or emergency information can often be included. And they’re often relatively inexpensive to print, so if a few get lost it’s no big deal.
Sometimes reducing caregiver stress is one tiny step at a time. And having your loved one with early Alzheimer’s with early Alzheimer’s carry some of these cards may help.
When you’re ready to reduce your stress by having your loved one carry some of these cards, you can use an Alzheimer’s info card contact template. Just…
Click on Get my Alzheimer’s info cards.
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To your healthy caregiving,
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