Thursday, January 27, 2011


Good Afternoon. This segment today will not be about Alzheimer's but about our elderly parents and how to keep cost down.

Today on my ambulance we got a call for a 67 yr old female that needed to go to the heart hospital to get her pacemaker checked. We found her roaming the halls in with her walker and asked why an ambulance ($800.00) is taking her instead of a wheel chair van ($150.00).

They didn't seem to know and when they heard about the price difference they were upset that she would get a bill for this much money. Please it is important to know what the costs are going to be before you send someone out in an ambulance if it really isn't necessary.

The good thing is I talked to one of the techs and they told me that someone can come out to check these devices at the patients home or nursing home. They said to call St Jude Medical at 1-800-722-3423. Best of all there is no charge. It is FREE.

Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
Seaboard Press An Imprint of James A Rock Pub., Co.

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