Here are a couple of great programs that our clients living with epilepsy can access! We encourage everyone to check into these if you yourself are living with epilepsy, or if you care for a loved one with epilepsy. Both programs are intended to provide the best care and attention possible for a vulnerable person in the event of an emergency. These programs were created in partnership with the Calgary Police Service and numerous agencies supporting vulnerable persons living in Calgary such as the Epilepsy Association of Calgary, Autism Calgary, Southern Alberta Brain Injury and Canadian Mental Health Association.The Vulnerable Person Self-Registry
The Calgary Police Service has created a database where people can register if they have a physical, mental disability or medical condition that means they may require special attention in an emergency.
If you are a vulnerable person or care for a vulnerable person, then we need you to provide us with your information. Your privacy will be protected and the information you provide will only be used by first responders to help you or your loved one when you are in danger. Registration is completely voluntary and it is free to sign up!How the Registry Works:
The registry is open to anyone who spends a majority of their time in Calgary and due to a medical, mental health or physical condition, or due to a cognitive developmental disability may require speicla attention in an emergency or disaster situation.
Some examples include Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, mobility impairment, visual impairment, deaf or hard of hearing, cognitive developmental disability or a mental health condition.
This is a self-registry, so the individual or their caretaker must enter their information into the system and it has to be updated/renewed every 6 months, 1 year or 2 years from the initial application or it will be removed from the registry. Email reminders will be sent. How the information is used:
The information in the self-registry will only be accessed when a vulnerable person is in danger or distress due to an emergency, and it will only be used to help the individual. Only first responders will have access to the information and it will be securely stored by the Calgary Police Service.
The registry will not be used to assist with criminal investigations.How to register:
Register online at www.calgarypolice.ca
Provide the vulnerable person’s:
• Date of birth
• Physical description
• Contact information
• Photo of face
• Best methods of approach/communication
• Description of any medical/mental health/physical condition
Every profile is reviewed and an email will be sent to you/your caretaker confirming that the profile was interested into the registry or explaining why it was not.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.calgarypolice.ca
(keyword: Self-Registry)Emergency Alert Identification Cards
These cards are currently offered through the Epilepsy Association of Calgary free of charge. They are printed in color on plastic cards that include the person's full name, home address, medical diagnosis, photograph of their face and up to three emergency contact numbers on the front.
On the back of the card there is seizure support information that includes:
- A description of the seizure type a person experiences
- Medications taken and side effects that may be experienced
- Seizure considerations including communication limitations, behavioural and safety concerns
- Support strategies to provide assistance during and after the seizure.
Often when a person has a seizure in public, there is no one around who feels prepared or knows enough about how to help. Many clients will keep these cards at the front of their wallet, or in their coat pockets where it can be easily found by bystanders or first responders so that proper help can be given when it is needed most.
If you have questions or would like to sign up to receive an Emergency Alert ID card, please call our office at (403) 230-2764.