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Medical ID Bracelets for Seniors

By Michelle Brown

What would you do if you were walking through the mall and the person in front of you suddenly collapsed and was unresponsive? Medical ID bracelets and jewelry provide critical information in the event of an emergency to healthcare providers when a person is unable to communicate. Generally, this would mean that the patient is unconscious, but the information on the bracelet could also work if a person has dementia or cannot verbally communicate with first responders. Today’s medical ID bracelets are customized with personal information. 

What Goes on a Medical ID Bracelet 

Medical alert jewelry is designed to have concise, pertinent information. Depending on the style of the piece, you can engrave information on both the front and back of the ID. Here is what you should consider including on an ID bracelet:

  • The name of the person, including a nickname. Full names are preferred.
  • Where the person is from 
  •  In case of emergency contact - ICE with the caregiver’s name and phone number
  • Allergies to things that medical personnel may provide - latex, iodine, medications, etc.
  • Medications that could cause harm, such as blood thinners or beta blockers
  • A “Do Not Resuscitate Order” (DNR)
  • Life-threatening conditions
  • Conditions that appear serious, but aren’t, such as a seizure disorder
  • Missing organs

When deciding what information is most critical, consider the details that could be life saving. Paramedics treat allergic symptoms similarly, regardless of whether it was from food or a bee sting, but a missing vital organ is important information to a healthcare provider in case of an accident. 

Modern Medical ID Bracelets Have More Options 

Because medical alert bracelets are more common today, you can use abbreviations on the ID bracelet to provide even more information for emergency providers. Technology is making medical ID bracelets even more useful. Some companies offer interactive bracelets that include an online profile. Doctors can contact an 800 number or website to gain even more information. If it would give you peace of mind, you can look for medical ID bracelets that use technology to connect with services that protect those who are at a higher risk of being found unresponsive. 

Get Personal Care Options for Your Senior 

You may also want to enlist the help of your doctor to make sure you’ve listed the most vital information. Home Helpers of Drexel Hill can help you care for your loved one with personalized options. If you’re a caregiver for a senior who needs some assistance to live independently, contact us for solutions.