The Lions Club has developed the Message in a Bottle scheme that has been in use across the UK for a number of years.
The scheme is very simple. You place a form containing personal information such as medication, illnesses, next of kin etc in a small plastic bottle that you keep in the door of your fridge. If you take ill, anyone attending to you will have access to the important information that could make a big difference.
If you have a pet, you can even provide details of the care required in case you are temporarily unable to look after it.
You need to indicate to people that you use the scheme so that they know to look out for the bottle in the event of an emergency. It’s therefore a good idea to spread the word of its existence to friends, family, social workers, home helps, community nurses and anyone else you think is relevant.
We will supply you with two small stickers – one for the inside of your front door and the other for the outside of your fridge door in order to guide people to the bottle. The emergency services recognise the stickers and will be able to pick up your vital information.
The Age Scotland Helpline is able to provide the Message in a Bottle scheme to anyone that would like to take it up.
To get your free bottle, simply telephone the Age Scotland Helpline on 0800 12 44 222 stating that you would like a Message in a Bottle. We will take your name and address, and post one out to you free of charge.
Update: Please note as of 2017, Age Scotland are no longer able to provide these bottles.