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Importance of an In Case of Emergency Binder

Doctor writing a list of medications for a patient.

We often don’t think about preparing for an emergency until it’s too late. By proactively helping your parent create an In Case of Emergency (ICE) binder, you could help set them up to be prepared in the event that they experience a medical emergency and potentially even help save their lives. An ICE binder is a collection of items you might need in the event of a medical emergency.

Items to Put in An Emergency Binder

  1. Photo ID. Make sure your parent makes a copy of their identification card and stores it in their emergency binder.
  1. Advance Directives. This is a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment. Your parent should include a living will and a power of attorney for their health care needs in the binder. 
  1. List of Medications. It’s important for your parent to list any medications they are currently taking. This will help medical professionals properly treat them and keep your parent healthy.
  1. List of Allergies. Make sure your parent makes a list of anything they are allergic to and keeps that list updated. This will help medical professionals avoid causing them to have any form of allergic reaction.
  1. Physician and Hospital Preference. Have your parent write down the normal physician and hospital they visit. It’s also imperative to write down their physician contact information, so that they can easily be contacted.

After reviewing this list of items, make sure you take into consideration the different items that your parent might specifically need. By following these simple precautions, you will be able to ensure your parents are prepared if they encounter a medical emergency.

Join Peabody Retirement Community for an ICE Binder Webinar

At Peabody Retirement Community, we understand that it’s very important for your loved ones to have important information prepared in case of emergencies. Join us on Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 14 for our 2-part complimentary webinar series on what your ICE binder should include. After the webinar, you can schedule your personal virtual visit where we will help you create your very own ICE binder.

You can RSVP to Sydney at 260-982-0806 or email the day prior to each event to receive your webinar login information.

Be Safe and Prepared at Peabody Retirement Community

At Peabody Retirement Community, the health and safety of our residents is our top priority. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, we offer senior living options with a wide variety of services and amenities. Our Health Center at Peabody has the resources to allow peace of mind for any current and future health care needs your loved one might have. Contact us today to learn more about everything our community has to offer residents.

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