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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.