Want a neat medic alert button makeover? I partnered with Bay Alarm Medical to share this post.
Craig’s mom is a worrier. She worries about everyone. She worries about me like only a mother can even though I wasn’t born to her as a daughter. She loves Kayla and Blake as I imagine only a grandparent can. And in turn I do a lot of worrying about her. Probably more than I let on.
I worry about her well being as she continues to learn how to live life on her own after the passing of Craig’s dad. None of us can believe that 5 years have gone by. We have watched her rebuild her life without his physical presence and I find myself in awe of her strength. I am proud of her. I am inspired by her and still I worry.
I worry about her being in a big old house alone. I worry about her going up and down stairs with a vision impairment that makes it hard to distinguish depth. I worry about her feeling forced out of her independence one day. I worry about Craig and I not being close enough to help if she needs us.
It kills me that we don’t live closer to be there and help her more and yet I know she’s better off where she is, living her life with friends who bring her joy. We’re still just a car or train ride away, but I’ve wished there was a way to make everyone feel a bit more secure. That if something were to happen, she’d be able to get the help she needed quickly in our absence.
And being a resourceful woman I set out to do just that. I made her a box of sunshine and put a little extra something in it. Bay Alarm Medical has some wearable devices to call for help in an emergency that don’t feel intrusive and old lady-like.
There is an in home medical alert unit as well as a pendant and a bracelet. They offer landline or cellular connections and even a mobile GPS option. Bay Alarm Medical’s wearable pendant seemed like the right option for her so I gave it a little makeover to make it perfect.
Craig’s mom is NOT an old lady. She’s a seventy something fireball who was flaunting hair feathers along with teenagers just a few years ago. She’s someone who despite her constant motherly worry is full of sunshine, love and wanting to know what you’d like for dinner even though it’s only 10am. Moms.
Oh and she loves jewelry! See, here’s the thing. Most people who are aging are okay accepting some help, they just don’t want to feel silly and obvious doing it. You’d feel the same, right?
Before I ever had a blog I worked for various accessories designers for years so I knew I could quickly take an already good looking device and make it it feel like a piece of jewelry.
I removed the black cord, cut a piece of washi tape to cover the button and the light display and spray painted the pendant gold. I removed the tape and used a paint pen to do some light touch up work at the edges where the tape had been. Then I added a simple gold chain from the craft store. The chain came with the hardware already attached so honestly, anyone can do this, no tools required other than some paint.
In the end it looked quite jewelry like and relatively discreet. I took a pretty box and filled it with bright, happy yellow shred and a few goodies for her.
There was a diffuser that said “choose happiness” and had a pleasant and uplifting scent. I added some supplements meant to help you get a restful night’s sleep. Raise your hand if you can use some of those. Both of my hands are raised…
Next came a new lipstick and some chocolate. Everything is better with chocolate, right? There was love, sleep, happiness, peace of mind and chocolate in the box. Basically it was a box of things to say I’m thinking about you and I care about you. Because really, that is the message here. Caring. Being present even when you can’t physically be present.
I brought the in home medical unit to her house and was surprised at how quick setup was. You literally just plug it in, test it and it’s ready to go. Let’s say you have a relative who isn’t interested in using a wearable button. You can position an alert button close to the ground so in the case of a fall it could be reached.
Important places to keep in mind are the bathroom (where most falls occur) near the bed as it’s easy to misjudge a step getting out of bed, near the stairs in case of a fall and in the kitchen if that person spends a lot of time there since floors can get slippery.
I think what we all really want is peace of mind without sacrificing independence and Bay Alarm Medical delivers that at a very reasonably monthly price. Probably less than I spend on lattes.