Under a new initiative called the Purple Tube Project, when first responders are called to a home where a person has dementia, they will know where to find important documents regarding his or her medical care, including the types of prescription pills the person is taking and all those who need to be informed.
All the first responders will need to do is go to a predetermined area in the home and find a foot-long purple tube with all the important documents located inside.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Paige Reynolds from UW-Eau Claire, an administrative trainee on a one-year internship at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge, was at a table at the Senior Resource Center launching the Purple Tube Project for people with dementia.
She was helping caregivers gather up the documents inside the purple tubes and cap the cardboard cylinders for storage inside the house.
The Purple Tube Project was first launched in Rock County to help provide education and awareness of how to care for those with dementia. A purple tube is placed inside the individual’s home with important documents explaining the behavioral and medical needs of the individual.
“These tips can help first responders when they respond to an emergency call to help provide quicker and more individualized care,” Reynolds said.
Documents that should be placed in the purple tube include an updated list of medications, power of attorney papers, a current photo of the individual living with dementia and his or her primary care information.
Other documents will be filled out when the caregivers obtain the tubes.
As part of the program, first responders will be able to identify the home where a dementia patient is living, which will alert them that a purple tube with important documents is also on the premises in a predetermined location.
Those who wish to participate in the Purple Tube Project should contact their local Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North at (866) 663-3607 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.