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ICE a senior citizen's cell phone for safety

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A new safety campaign urges people to "ICE" the cell phones of senior citizens, especially during the cold weather.  Visiting Angels, a caregiving agency, launched the ICE Cell Phone Safety Campaign.  It encourages families to program emergency contacts in the phones, putting the word "ICE" in front of the emergency contacts' names, so if someone finds a senior in trouble, they know who to call In Case of Emergency.


"We urge families to ICE seniors' phones, or come by our offices and we will ICE seniors' phones for free," says Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels. "We care for thousands of older Americans, and we constantly hear stories about how families need an emergency plan for seniors. One family told us their elderly loved one with dementia roamed five miles from home. When police tried to help they had no clue who to call. ICE contacts help responders know who to call in emergencies in this cold or at any time of year."

Here are instructions on how to ICE Seniors' Cell Phones:
  • Under 'I' in the cell phone contact list, load the In Case of Emergency contact names, beginning with the word ICE (ie: ICE_Heather). 
  • Make sure the emergency contact(s) agree to be an ICE partner. 
  • Include every phone number (home/cell/work) of the ICE partner. 
  • ICE partners should know the seniors' medical conditions, doctors' names and medications they're taking. 
  • An ICE sticker can save a life. Place a Visiting Angels' ICE Loaded sticker on seniors' cell phones, so if someone finds a senior in trouble they know who to call in an emergency.

 

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