Identifications Seniors Should Carry

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Seniors should always have IDs with them when traveling, especially during winter. During an emergency, an ID assists police and first responders in handling the situation. Examples of valid IDs are a social security card, driver’s license, state ID, and passport card. Fort Worth senior care professionals also suggest carrying the following IDs.

Medical Alert ID

Wearing a medical alert ID can be lifesaving for your loved one. If you are not present and he or she becomes unconscious, a medical alert ID can help him or her receive appropriate healthcare. 

Engrave an ID with 6 types of information to help emergency personnel note your loved one’s medical requirements and take quick action. Here’s the information you can include:

  1. Name
  2. Emergency contact phone numbers
  3. Medical conditions
  4. Drug and food allergies
  5. Medications
  6. Alzheimer’s disease, if applicable

MedicAlert Foundation (MAF) IDs

MAF IDs are backed by professional intervention. Your loved one is supported by a 24/7 Emergency Response Service. The ID number on a bracelet or pendant gives MAF access to a senior’s health record. A first responder can call MAF’s phone number and obtain your loved one’s health and personal information from staff. 

MAF operators can convey your loved one’s medical conditions, drugs, dosages, allergies, and past surgical history. They can also provide emergency contact information. If your loved one has to be transported to a healthcare facility, his or her medical record will precede his or her arrival by fax. Meanwhile, the Support Center contacts your loved one’s doctor so they can speak directly with the treating facility.

A senior with dementia is covered by the “Safe Return” program. Should your loved one wander and become lost, MAF quickly assists in locating him or her. Staff also ensures high-quality care and safe return home. MAF has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide this service.

If you are concerned about your loved one’s health and safety, you may want to consider getting him or her to carry one of these medical IDs. If your loved one requires a professional caregiver to enhance his or her safety and security, reach out to Home Care Assistance. If addition to helping your loved one stay safe, a caregiver can help your loved one with important household tasks. We provide both live-in and respite home care. Fort Worth, TX, families can call one of our qualified Care Managers at (817) 349-7599 to learn more about our services and how they can benefit your loved one.