An ID Badge Just for You

caregiver-badge-with-logoOn Saturday, we had our first chat for men in a caregiving role. Richard (@kreisler) and Chris (@thpurplejacket) joined for a really interesting discussion. At one point, I asked Richard if health care professionals often overlook his role as his mom’s family caregiver. Yep, he said.

So, @ejourneys, who lurked during our chat (lurking means you’re simply reading the content of an online conversation), got to thinking. And, her thinking led to the creation of a badge you wear which identifies you as the primary family caregiver for your caree. The badge includes areas for you to insert your name and your caree’s name.

The badge fits standard-sized badge holders. Just download your badge below, print it out, cut out and fill in the badge, and place it with your choice of badge holder (pin, lanyard, etc.). Wear your badge in any setting that you want others to know you are the primary caregiver for your caree.

Because you are the most critical member of your caree’s health care team, you need your own badge.

I’ve also posted the badge in our National group so it’s a readily available resource. Thanks so much @ejourneys for such a great idea!

Download your Caregiver Badge.

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14 Comments on "An ID Badge Just for You"


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Feb 11, 2013

@ejourneys, this is soooo coool!!!! {{HUGS}}

Guest
Feb 15, 2013

What an awesome idea. The interdisciplinary team has meetings during which the resident’s care needs are reviewed. Many times there is no other advocate for the resident, or their family members are far away. What better way to honor and acknowledge those family members who remain a caregiver despite placing a resident in an assisted living or SNF. I am sure this would also remind staff to respect and acknowledge this important piece of the caregiving equation.

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Feb 22, 2013

Downloaded yesterday printed filledout and had on at mom’s doctors appointment today. I was told by the staff at the doctors that I had to take off our they could not work with me as they consider it a HIPPA violation for me to have the person’s name displayed that I care for. They recomeded that insted of the primary caregiver for Name to put Primary family caregiver or family care provider with no name of the patient. I talked with the leagel officer for the institution and he stated there have been several law suits filed because a patients name was displayed by someone other than the client and that if they allow someone to display a patients name other than the patient themself that they are contributing to a violation and are thus also guilty so will not allow it to be warn on their property. What do thers think of this.

Larry

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Feb 23, 2013

Wow. Obviously I had no idea.
I just checked the POA I have. It has a “COPY” stamp and shows the stamp of the notary public. No court seal. It has never been rejected.

I actually haven’t tried wearing the badge yet because I have always been accepted outright as my partner’s caregiver. I am so sorry for the trouble the doctor’s office has given you. I hope a HIPAA expert can help straighten things out.

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Feb 23, 2013

It is not the POA they have the problem with and needs the court seal it is a form he called a waiver of HIPPA Rights that needs the court seal and my copy of the POA is a copy of the original but haswording in it that a copy has same legal effect as the original does.

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Feb 23, 2013

She has filled out numorus forms for me to be able to get information as they require a new release form for each visit and then even ask her if it is ok before they even let me go in with her. They seem to consider this as publisising to the world her protected information. I am told that complete name must be removed.

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Feb 24, 2013

I feel she recives very good cair from them. I just think the institution as a whole takes the HIPPA thing to an extrreem. Though I did notice in today’s news paper that they just reached a settlament in a law suit about a supposied violation and much of there paper work started about the time this suit was filled according to the artical from today paper. (This is the first I have heard of the suit and do not have any details on it other than the suit was filed about a year ago and the settalment was reached last week and is awaiting court approval.)