The Keep Safe scheme is a card project in Northamptonshire that aims to help those with disabilities get the help they need in situations where, without a Keep Safe card, it might be difficult for them to communicate their problem. The project began in 2011 but has recently undergone a relaunch as Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Learning Disabilities Partnership Board are trying to increase the number of card users in the county. The Keep Safe Cards are aimed at people with a disability or mental illness, or those that may be vulnerable at times during their daily activities. T..
Making use of In Case of Emergency (ICE) information in a care home setting is a multi-faceted challenge. Not only does an ICEtag system have to be easy to use and simple to administer, but a balance needs to be struck between not appearing too institutional whilst still being functionally of value to both residents and staff. However, residents in care homes often struggle to communicate with their carers, particularly in an emergency. So anything that holds the information a carer needs to provide fast, effective attention will make a difference when a rapid response is required. An i..
Do you know what this flower is? It’s Myosotis Sylvatica more commonly known as the Forget Me Not. Considering the line of work I’m in, you would think that I would know that the Forget Me Not is widely used by charities and organisations associated with Dementia. But honestly, I hadn’t really thought about it, despite seeing various logos and incarnations of the Forget Me Not. I wasn’t aware that cafes and shops displaying a Forget Me Not in their window are ‘Dementia Friendly’ establishments meaning the physical environment has been considered..
Start thinking ICEtags for members… If you’re a member of a running, athletics or sports club, or perhaps even manage one, you may have already heard of ICEtags. But, bearing in mind the difference they can make, we thought it worth sharing a little more information on them today. ICEtags are small plastic cards that are easily attached to a shoelace or zipper, and can hold quite a lot of critical information. The sort of details we’re referring to can include: Individual’s name Emergency contact details Medical information Personalised with your club..
Teachers! How many children do you look after during your working week? How many times have you got to be on your guard for any mishaps, allergies or worse, emergencies? Seems a lot given you’re only there to teach a lesson! We understand however that you do have more responsibility than just teaching but when you have to be aware of those children who might have medical issues, or worse, those ones who don’t and end up having an emergency on your hands. Or what about those trips you organise? Taking a class of children on a bus to the zoo or to a museum can be a fun day out ..
28th April marks the World Day for Safety and Health at work and we know that it's a time when a lot of large companies and organisations place a huge focus on further ways that they can enhance security, peace of mind and welfare for their employees. We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to introduce you to ICEtags. What are ICEtags? ICEtags are simple plastic tags, which can affix to shoes or clothing, and carry vital ICE information including next of kin contact details as well as potentially life-saving medical information. Initially, these started ou..
It’s nearly marathon time! It’s time to taper. You know you can do the long runs, the fast runs, the hills. The next two weeks are all about reducing your runs, keeping it slow and steady. It’s time to help your body recover from the intense training you’ve been putting it through and get it in optimum shape for the main event. Restoring glycogen stores, repairing damaged tissue and mentally preparing. So what are the most important factors for success in the last couple of weeks? Keep it slo..
It’s not an aspect of loving horses one wants to dwell on too much, but it does still need head space from time to time. Riding is a dangerous sport. It’s great fun. Extremely gratifying. And frequently a rewarding challenge. But dangerous it is too. Often, by its very nature, you and your steed are out in the middle of nowhere. You may regularly ride with someone else, but out in the middle of nowhere you still are. And in the event of an accident, you’re going to want every little bit of help you can get to speed up assistance. And this is w..
Mini tags are great for carrying critical ICE (In Case of Emergency) information, as you already know. But we’ve been surprised and delighted to learn just how useful they can be in other ways too. And that got us contemplating… why? What is it about mini tags that makes them so versatile? This is what we came up with… Mini tags are: Durable Easy to attach Waterproof Light Able to hold all types of information With that sort of flexibility, it’s no surprise, we realised, that we’ve had quite a diverse mix of requests recently from businesse..
Do you organise group runs? Do you take part in them? All across the country, groups of runners (some really quite large in number) get together, perhaps weekly, to go for a run. Five kilometres, ten kilometres, further than that. It’s fun, it’s social, and it’s fat-busting fit too. The quest for many groups now, however, is to make what is already great fun… more organised. How can that be done? Run Membership ICEtags Many group runs now have a barcode operation to enable runners to track their times and progress over the weeks. Fabulous in..
The question we’re about to ask often sits uncomfortably on a carer’s shoulders. You’re doing an amazing job. Day to day, you’re looking after an elderly parent, perhaps one with dementia, and it’s an hour by hour juggling act. They need to be regularly taken to the bathroom. They need someone to administer their medication on a timely basis. And they need to be fed. So with that said, what’s the uncomfortable question we’re about to ask? Who’s there for them if you’re not? You may be answering that in yo..
You’ll probably already have heard of medical bracelets. They are designed to provide critical medical information to first responders at the scene of an emergency. However, though they’re useful, they have their limitations with regard to how much information can be shown. Plus, they also mean your personal details can be very public. A medical tag – what we like to call an ICEtag – on the other hand, can include a lot more information, and some details can be hidden behind a scratch panel if required. So, with that said, let’s start with a little backgr..
It’s not a question one thinks to ask… but it does need asking. And there are actually two scenarios one needs to consider. Firstly, what happens if you’re in an accident and your pet is with you. And secondly, if you’re in an accident and your pet has been left at home. Either way, it’s worth considering carrying information about your pet on you at all times. Give the emergency services a chance to ensure they are looked after during a crisis. An ICEtag for you Consider this: You have a pet, and you pop out to the shops. An act of misfortune causes you..
Many carers aren’t aware of this, but apart from displaying the ‘obvious’ medical information that a first responder needs, an ID card for a dementia sufferer can be a life-saver. Not only can it hold sensitive information behind a scratch panel, but it can also provide critical instructions on how to contact their family. That seems reason enough for a patient to start carrying an ID card, of course, but there are other aspects to dementia care that make one a real boon. For dementia sufferers still living at home… Dementia isn’t so..