Geriatric center to get ID system

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Geriatric center to get ID system

By: MARGARET GIBBONS The Intelligencer

Employees at Montgomery County’s geriatric facility in Upper Providence will not be wearing sandwich boards.

However, they will soon be sporting larger name tags.

The county commissioners have agreed to contract with Indenticard Systems Worldwide Inc. of Lititz, Lancaster County, for the purchase of a system to produce photo identification cards for the facility’s 700-plus employees as well as for its 460 residents.

The system will cost $11,080.

Explaining how the purchase fits in with the county’s current austerity program, county Chief Operating Officer Robert W. Graf explained that the state soon will mandate the larger photo identification badges for center employees.

The purpose of the larger name tags is to aid elderly residents at the center in identifying their caregivers, said Graf.

Also, in cases of abuse, the residents can more readily identify their alleged abusers, according to Graf.

Communications Director John A. Corcoran said residents also will be provided with photo identifications.

Concerned about insurance fraud, many doctors and medical service providers are requiring that their patients provide them with some type of photo identification, said Corcoran.

Many of the residents at the geriatric facility no longer have driver’s licenses and need some other type of photo identification, he said.

Graf said the state will reimburse the county for the cost of the photo identification system.


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