Medical Alert Tags for Seniors
When you have a medical condition that emergency responders need to be aware of, you may not always have the ability to inform them if you’re ill. That’s why medical alert tags are a good investment.
Medical alert tags are lightweight necklaces that are similar to dog tags and can be worn around your neck. They contain the valuable information that emergency responders need to know about before treating you when you’re sick.
Who Should Have a Medical Alert Tag?
You can choose to wear a medical alert tag if you have any type of medical condition. But, people who suffer from certain conditions should seriously consider wearing one. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Food, Drug, Insect Bite Allergies
- Heart Problems
- Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia
- Hearing/Vision Impaired
- Tourette Syndrome
Besides medical conditions, some people also have the names of the medications they take on their medical alert tags as well. If space permits, this is a good idea, especially if you take medications that can interfere with other drugs.
Emergency responders are trained to look for medical alert tags on all patients, even those who are coherent. This gives them the vital information they need to treat you correctly. Some people choose to wear a bracelet instead. Either piece of jewelry will contain all of the important information needed about the patient.
What Type of Medical Alert Tag Should I Have?
You want a medical alert tag that has the medical emblem known as the Star of Life on it. This is easily recognizable by those in the medical field. They come in a variety of finishes, depending on your preference. These typically include:
- Stainless Steel
- 10K or 14K Gold
- Sterling Silver
You can choose the finish you like and have your information engraved on it. If there is room you may want to include other information such as:
- Advance Directives
- Blood Type
- Organ Donor
- Emergency Contact
This type of information can also help emergency responders care for you when you are unable to speak for yourself and there is no one around to speak for you.
Will Medicare Pay for My Medical Alert Tag?
Generally speaking, Medicare does not cover medical alert tags or any type of medical alert system. If you have a Medicare Supplement Plan, you may be able to get coverage. It’s best to contact your insurance company to see what may or may not be covered.
What Other Types of Medical Alert Tags Are Available?
Many seniors like to travel which is why medical alert luggage tags may also be a good idea. These tags look just like luggage tags you would attach to your suitcase and carry-on bag except that they contain more than just your name and contact information.
They can contain the same medical information that you would put on a medical alert necklace or bracelet. This will alert emergency responders to some of your medical history should you get ill while in an airport and traveling. These are very inexpensive (usually under $10) and can be purchased on many online sites. Medical alert luggage tags are a good idea if you tend to travel alone or without family members who would know your medical history.
Medical alert tags, whether they are in the necklace or bracelet form or used while traveling are easy ways to make sure you are well taken care of should you find yourself in an emergency. It’s important to remember that you may not always have the ability to speak up for yourself. Having this information readily available can save your life.