MediPal for Safety of People with Alzheimers, Dementia and Communication Challenges
August 23, 2013
This year I had the privilege of meeting a wonderful group of First Responders at a Southern California CERT conference. I was a presenter and after the seminar I was introduced to Kathryn Turner. She began to discuss helping people with communication or medical disorders during disasters and emergencies with an easy identification product that she developed. That is how I came to learn about MediPal, which is a personal ID system that wraps around a safety belt, backpack strap or baby bag.
Inside the holder that fastens with velcro is a lightweight form to place essential data – such as contact information, health history, communication preferences and even a photo.
My first thought was WOW this is great for parents to place on their child’s backpacks and belts when their loved one has unique challenges, such as Autism or deafness. It also would be so helpful for adult care facilities during outings. In all honesty, I could probably generate dozens of ways that MediPal could be helpful scores of people! (And although it is meant for people, how great would this be to have a variation for pets who are being transported).
Kathryn will be discussing MediPal, her inspiration for creating this really cool product and announce the contest winners – see below. Join us!