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 ideal and simple aid towards achieving this are ICEtags.
What information can an ICEtag hold?
ICEtags are small plastic cards that can be easily worn on a lanyard, neck chain, or wristband. Despite their size though, they can hold a surprising amount of useful information. And there’s no reason why some of it can’t be stored under a scratch panel for confidentiality.
Details can include:
But it’s not just about medical details
Effective use of ICEtags isn’t just about displaying information. It’s also about giving relatives of residents peace of mind. Passing the care of a loved one over to a care home is a tough emotional journey. Knowing that staff have the ability to be friendly but knowledgeable about each resident at any time removes an unnecessary layer of concern.
Familiarisation is also important
People have to be in a care home for many reasons. Often it’s because of illnesses like dementia, but there are other reasons. If they are still mobile and not suffering from a decline in their mental capacity yet, it’s a great idea to get someone used to wearing an ICEtag right from the start; rather than wait until it’s needed.
And though it’s true that everybody is different, many people struggle to get comfortable with their new circumstances when they first arrive in a care home. It can be a slow journey to accepting a new ‘regime’. Getting an individual used to wearing an ICEtag whilst they can still understand what it is, therefore, will help. They may take a while to grasp its importance, but staff don’t want to have to battle kindly with a resident in the future to get them to wear one when it’s vital.
So, with that said…
In a nutshell, ICEtags in care homes:
- Provide diplomatic evidence that a care home thinks and plans ahead
- Show a practical concern for the welfare and mental wellbeing of residents
- Clearly illustrate the professionalism of an organisation
- Give peace of mind to relatives
- Make residents easily identifiable
- Provide all staff, whether full time, part time, or temporary, the information they need in the event of an emergency
If you’re looking to put a simple but effective ICE solution in place in your care home, then please do give us a call on 03333 444122. We’d be delighted to talk through your requirements and guide you towards the right solution.