Add an ICE Contact for Senior Care in Manhattan, NY

Senior Care in Manhattan, NYJust a few short years ago, about ten, not everyone had a cell phone yet. Today, children as young as nine and people well into their 100s have cell phones. The age of the landline home phone continues to move further and further into the annals of history. For the growing number of seniors who have cell phones, for those who may rely on some form of senior care or not, it’s a good idea to store some important information into their phone.

One of those valuable pieces of information is known as the ICE contact. This is the ‘In Case of Emergency’ contact and many cell phones today actually have a designated contact just for that purpose. It will generally be highlighted in a different color than all other contacts, usually red as that is the universal color used to denote an emergency situation.

The ICE contact should be someone that authorities would contact if the person who owns the phone (the senior in this instance) is incapacitated and unable to contact that person themselves.

Why is it important to have an ICE?

First of all, you never know what is going to happen the moment that you step outside the door of your home. You could be driving down the road and be broadsided by a truck. If you are rushed to the hospital, the authorities would try to find your next of kin, someone who would want to know that you’ve been injured and been taken to a hospital.

What if you didn’t have your identification with you when that happened? What if the only thing you had was your cell phone? Many people have names like ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’ in them, but rarely would an elderly individual write ‘Son’ or ‘Granddaughter’ in their cell phones.

If you have an elderly loved one who has a cell phone, whether they rely on any form of senior care services, it’s a good idea to make sure that they have an ICE contact in their phone. They might not know the first thing about programming their phone or adding numbers into it, so you may need to do this for them.

In most cases, this contact should be someone who will be able to answer the phone when they are called and living close enough to support them in a time of need. If your elderly loved one needs help adding an ICE contact, they can also ask a senior care provider or call their cell phone provider for help.

For more information about senior care in Manhattan, NY and the surrounding areas, contact Best Senior Home Care at 718-208-4002. Serving Bayside, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Little Neck, Auburndale, Queens Village, Bellerose, Manhattan and surrounding communities.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author