Where can I purchase a microchip for Mom?

  1. My mother has alzheimer's and she is constantly removing her ID necklace and her ID bracelet from the Alzheimer's association. Mom needs a microchip period. Both of my cats have microchips. Anyone know where I can get one for Mom too? Thanks
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  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    Hey Blackcat - long time no hear from!

    Forgive my ignorance, but are they approved for use by the FDA for people with Alzheimer's? I've never heard of this before, but this may not mean much.
    Sorry I can't directly help you, I was just curious about this.
  4. by   jnette
    Oy... I sure feel for you, Blackcat.
  5. by   canoehead
    It's a great idea, if we could just get people in the habit of scanning wandering strangers...
  6. by   traumaRUs
    What about registering her with the local police department? Our police department will scan in a picture of the Alzheimer's patient along with name, age, brief medical information, address and most important, contact information - all for free.
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    Yes Blackcat,

    That's the problem. The microchip does not work like a GPS, it has to be scanned to retrieve information. It sounds like you need a GPS sort of tracking unit for your mom instead of a microchip. Again, I don't know if anything like that exists.
  8. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks all. I will certainly contact my local police Dept and register her. I have heard that the tracking systems cost around $10,000 plus. I have heard that once micro-chipping is OK'ed for humans that it will cost $150 to get it. I have heard that some people don't want to allow micro-chipping on humans and some say it is the sign of the beast??
  9. by   Kristyn, RN
    Any chance you could get her to hold on to a cell phone with GPS capability? The police can track those down, at least. But I don't know how you'd get her to hold onto it. . . .
  10. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from kristyn81
    Any chance you could get her to hold on to a cell phone with GPS capability? The police can track those down, at least. But I don't know how you'd get her to hold onto it. . . .
    I think that's the tricky part, getting her to hold it. Placing it in a pocket wouldn't work because she'd just take it out.

    You'd have to see her everyday to be sure that the phone was adequately charged. Someone also needs to be with her while it is being charged.

    The cell phone would be a good stop-gap measure though if it weren't for these problems.
  11. by   doodlemom
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Thanks all. I will certainly contact my local police Dept and register her. I have heard that the tracking systems cost around $10,000 plus. I have heard that once micro-chipping is OK'ed for humans that it will cost $150 to get it. I have heard that some people don't want to allow micro-chipping on humans and some say it is the sign of the beast??
    While it might be OK'd for human use, there are probably not any scanners in use. What about a tatoo? Just a thought.
  12. by   Kristyn, RN
    I shouldn't laugh, because it's a good idea, but the sight of a lol in the tattoo parlor just makes me giggle.
    What do the police use to track people who are on house arrest? Would something like that be managable, perhaps?
  13. by   casi
    Are you worried about her wandering away from home? Or wandering when your in public. You could always try door alarms, so when she opens a door to go outside, you can catch her before she gets to far.
  14. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks. Mom hasn't actually tried to wander away yet. She doesn't know her address and phone number. Since wandering is so common and Mom's alzheimer's is getting worse I figured I better get something worked out now. So many good ideas.:hatparty: I would love to get her a tattoo.I wonder if she would be willing to sit still for one? Yes I am wondering too about what they use when someone is on "house arrest." I do have a chain link door alarm now as Mom always opens the door to strangers.:uhoh21: I put it way up high on the door so she can't reach it. It will alarm when the door is opened so hopefully I would have time to jump out of bed or shower to go see who is at the door.

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