Having been in an accident that left me unable to easily communicate with first responders, I have even more appreciation for the value of a current emergency medical information card.

But it’s not just medical information that needs to be accurate. Take a close look at the person designated as the contact person on your loved one’s form or card. If it’s not you, be sure the contact is still capable of taking on that role and knows to get in touch with you. For example, an elderly gentleman designated his wife as his emergency contact years ago. She now has dementia and cannot serve as the contact. His card needs to be updated.


Remember to check your own emergency contact and be certain she’s still able and willing to be that person for you. My card listed my mother as my contact, but she was so badly injured (and injured in the same accident) that I wished I’d listed a second person. I/we needed someone to call other family members and clergy and begin to build the support network we’d need.


Finally, while you’re taking a look at your loved one’s card or form, double check that the medical and drug information is also current and correct. Do the same for yourself.

I’m curious about how and what your loved one carries. Is it a card or form or is it the printout she received at the end of her last medical appointment? How have you marked it so it’s easy for first responders to find in a wallet or purse? Please share in the comment space.