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Family Caregivers

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.  Some of the most common medical conditions that require a caregiver include Alzheimer’s or Dementia, a Brain Tumor, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and an array of mental disabilities.

A caregiver plays an instrumental role in the day to day life of an individual including their medical care, doctor’s appointments and medications.  That is why it is so important for 9-1-1 and first responders to know that a person may have a medical condition or require special care if an individual or their caregiver needs to dial 9-1-1.  9-1-1 can be made aware of their condition in a Smart911 Safety Profile, so if they or a loved one dials 9-1-1 dispatchers will know:

  • Who they are, including a photo and physical description
  • Medical notes, medications and allergies
  • Pets or service animals in the home
  • Emergency contacts

This information can save valuable time as 9-1-1 can dispatch response teams to the correct location with more information.

Resources

Troy Police Department Caregivers Flyer
Troy Fire Department Caregivers Flyer
Pike County Sheriff Caregivers Flyer