ID-bracelet to help Alzheimer's patients

Launched on the occasion of the World Alzheimer’s Day on Tuesday by Governor H R Bhardwaj, the ID-bracelet will be put on the registered patients. The facility will provide non-removable tags with ID number and phone number of the patients on Alzheimer’s patients' wrists. If someone finds the patients away from home, they can call the family members. Besides, the Trust’s care centre will have the complete database on the patients.

Trust’s Managing Trustee Dr Radha Murthy said: “We are also planning to pass the information to police, so that they can also help.”

She said often Alzheimer's patients themselves do not know why they wandered out and perhaps, did so in search of a familiar place or face. Currently, 40 people associated with the Trust and its various programmes have registered for the facility.

Dr Murthy also said the care centre will operate 24 hours. The caregivers of such patients have to pay a one-time registration fee of Rs 500 and the services will be free of charge.

A NightingalesTrack facility, a mobile GSM device, is also being launched on trial run for three months. Dr Murthy said unlike the earlier facility, this one is for normal elderly people for security and medical help. The elderly will be given a switch which they can press when they panic or during medical emergency, which will immediately alert the care centre.

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