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Top Three Reasons Why Caregivers Need To Wear ICE IDs

  
  
  

Top Three Reasons Why Caregivers Need To Wear ICE IDs

More and more often, it seems that everyday people are becoming caregivers. Our parents are living longer and may need late-life caretaking. Increasing numbers of children are developing life-threatening food allergies, and 1 in every 88 children has some form of autism. Whether you’re a parent caretaker of a young child, a grown child of a parent needing care, or both, we highly recommend that you wear an ICE ID.

ICE stands for In Case of Emergency, and this abbreviation is internationally recognized by emergency medical personnel. At Lauren’s Hope, we see people order our medical ID jewelry for use as ICE IDs every day, and especially when you’re a caregiver, doing so can be a life-saving decision.

Why should caregivers wear ICE IDs or medical ID jewelry?

  1. Caregivers are often alone with people who cannot advocate for themselves, let alone others. Therefore, in an emergency, caregivers cannot rely on those around them to provide imperative information about themselves or the caregiver to first responders. An ICE ID can identify you in an emergency.
  1. If you are injured in an accident and unable to advocate for those in your charge, an ICE ID listing the names and diagnoses of those for whom you provide care will give first responders valuable information. For example, if you care for a nonverbal child with autism, having, “Son: autism nonvrbl” on your ICE ID will let EMTs know that your child needs special care and that his lack of speech is not a symptom of a head injury from an accident.
  1. Because you are injured or incapacitated does not, thankfully, mean that everyone for whom you provide care will require medical assistance. Having one or two ICE contacts listed on your medical ID bracelet means that people familiar with you and those you care for will be reached quickly so they can assist medical personnel and come provide care to those in your charge. This can help prevent stressful situations, such as being sent to social services, for those with disabilities, and it can help ensure that people with illnesses get their medications in a timely manner.

Are you a caregiver? What precautions do you take so that those you care for are safeguarded in the event that you are injured or incapacitated?


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I like reading your blogs they have good information in them
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:00 AM by nikki
Nikki, we're so happy to hear that! We hope you continue to enjoy are informative blog articles. Please let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like us to focus on. Thanks, Jenna
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:06 PM by Jenna White
I had never thought of this before. I'm not a caregiver so it doesn't apply to me right now, but it's good knowledge to have for the future and to pass on to others. 
If someone from Lauren's Hope reads this--do you ever plan to get a tag that can have more than 5 lines? I don't want a big bulky bracelet-I like the one I have, but my 5 lines are full and I had to leave off my latex allergy because there were other important things that took priority. I need 6 lines! :)
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:40 PM by Sarah
Hi Sarah. We sure do. Our Red Branch Medical ID Tag can accommodate 6 lines of information. You can find that tag here: http://www.laurenshope.com/product/1488/006/branch-medical-id-tag/engraving. I hope this helps! If you have any additional questions or would like help ordering, please feel free to contact our customer care department at 1-800-360-8680. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, central time. Grace
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:09 PM by Grace
Oh thank you! That is wonderful. I love the colored one I have now (it is pink, but was going to get a purple one someday since purple is the color for neuropathy) but I suppose having all my information listed is more important than having a color I like! hah... you guys have spoiled me with pretty things. :D I bookmarked that and plan to order soon!
Posted @ Friday, February 08, 2013 2:56 PM by Sarah
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