The city of Ghent has launched a trial system for emergency situations involving the elderly: a yellow plastic box that’s kept in the fridge.
The box contains personal and medical information, as well as contact details of next of kin, and is intended to be used by the over-65s and those who have a chronic illness.
By storing the box in the door of the fridge, help services will know where to find crucial information in an emergency or if a person with dementia goes missing, saving valuable time.
The box contains a folder in which the person can note their personal information, next of kin’s contact details and medical information such as allergies and medication schedule.
To avoid pets being left behind alone if their owner is taken to hospital, contact details for a person or shelter who can look after them are also included.
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