I bought a pendant for my Mom from Medic Alert. It had her doctor's phone number, her son's number, and information on drugs she was taking inside.
Mom didn't understand what it was for. I explained it over and over, finally saying "it is good for EVERYTHING."
BY then we had an aide with her, which is how I found out the following:
Mom got on the city bus to go to the Senior Center. The driver asked for her fare, and she showed him her medic alert pendant. No good - you have to have a metro card or cash. At the center they asked for the usual $1 for a hot meal. Mom showed them the pendant. "My daughter said it was good for everything." No, sorry you have to pay for your lunch.
That evening she took it off and said "this thing is useless", and never wore it again.
We used Medic Alert and got a bracelet for my dear MIL after she wandered off for the first time back in March of 2006 ... I was curious to see if she'd leave it on or not ... she let it be for the week she had it but then she had a massive stroke and had to be cared for in a nursing home until she passed away last month. I think they also sell a pendant necklace if that might be less of a distraction.
That was just the laugh I needed tonight Martha We never used the id bracelets. In Mom and Dad's home town 4 out of every 5 people in town knew them and where they belonged.
Dad did have a wander guard bracelet on in AL. We had to remove all the knives because he kept trying to cut it off. Anything that could be stuck in it, twisted, used to saw on it or otherwise construed to help him get it off was used. Then I had a brain storm. I took one of the temporary game day face tattoos from his favorite college football team and put it on the face of the bracelet. I told him it was a present from the university for his dedication. He was happy until the decal wore off and he started trying to remove it again. He was SO happy to see that thing go when he moved to the locked unit. Other than the decal, he never did understand it.