Alzheimer’s Association Provides Emergency Response Line for Wandering


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Decades LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides elder care services and consultations for guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney, and family mediation. Outside of its business operations, Decades LLC supports the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association and its initiatives. The association’s New Mexico chapter and other branches supply 24-hour emergency response through the MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return service.

Designed to help individuals with dementia and a history of wandering and becoming lost, MedicAlert + Safe Return is an emergency response line that works to locate missing individuals through a support network comprised of law enforcement agencies and Alzheimer’s Association chapters. The service also forwards medical information about the person to emergency medical responders if needed. Members of the public can call the toll-free number at any time to report a person found wandering.

Enrollment with MedicAlert + Safe Return provides memory-impaired individuals with 24-hour emergency response service, a personalized emergency wallet card, and an ID jewelry to help reunite them with families and caregivers. Jewelry IDs contain critical information such as the individuals’ membership number, important medical notes, and the toll-free emergency phone number. The package also includes a Six Steps to a Safe Return magnet and a personal health record (PHP) with MedicAlert + Safe Return.

Membership costs $35, payable after the first year of membership and once annually thereafter. The enrollment package with emergency wallet card and ID jewelry cost $62 including shipping and handling.