Lions Club Message In A Bottle campaign
What is it?
The Lions Club "Message In A Bottle" scheme is a simple idea, designed to encourage people to keep their basic personal and medical details on a standard form, and in a common location - the fridge!
 
What does it do? It saves the Emergency Services valuable time if they need to enter a property in an emergency situation. Not only does it help to identify who you are, it also identifies if you have special medication or allergies. It is not only a potential lifesaver, but also it provides peace of mind to you, your friends and family by knowing that prompt medical treatment is provided and that the next of kin and emergency contacts are notified.

NB. Whilst CIYH clients will have a care plan on site, the emergency services will not know that this exists, so using the "Message In A Bottle" scheme will save time. You should make reference to the care plan and it's normal storage location on the form in the bottle.
 
Who is it for? Anyone. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in a community, anyone can have an accident in the home, so this scheme can benefit anyone.
 
What does it cost? When ordering one bottle, the scheme is free to the public and is funded usually by your local Lions Club.
 
Where can I get one? You may find the bottles displayed in your local GP's surgery, Local Pharmacy, Local Lions Club.  If you have any difficulty locating a bottle please contact Lions Clubs Headquarters on  0845 833 9502.  In addition, Care in Your Home Ltd usually have a small stock of bottles, and can supply you with one if you ask. 
 
Who knows about it? All Emergency Services are aware of the "Message in a Bottle" scheme. By displaying the green stickers in your home, the emergency services will locate the bottle in the fridge, and use the information on the forms inside to ensure you are treated quickly, which can save time and save lives.
 
What is in the bottle? A form you fill in with your name, medicines, allergies & relatives contact details., and two green stickers.
 
What do I have to do? ill in the form, put it in the bottle. Put the bottle in your fridge. Put one green sticker on your fridge door and the other green sticker on the INSIDE of your house door.

Reminder. You should ensure that the information kept inside the pot is up to date. Remember to update contact numbers, and medication details on a regular basis.