Friday, June 28, 2002
'File of Life' kits offered to seniors
The Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association, working in conjunction with the Carlisle Council on Aging, has purchased "File of Life" kits for each Carlisle senior. The file contains a mini medical history posted on the outside of one's refrigerator. In an emergency, the "File of Life" card enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to obtain a quick medical history and vital personal information when a patient is unable to offer it.
The card, which is kept in a red plastic pocket labeled "File of Life," lists the patient's name, emergency contacts, insurance policy and social security numbers, health conditions, medications including dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, religion, doctor's name and whether or not there is a health care proxy or living will. The entire pocket is held to the outside of the refrigerator with a magnet for easy access in an emergency.
These free kits will be available to Carlisle seniors at the COA booth on Old Home Day, as well as the Carlisle Council on Aging office at the Town Hall. If you are unable to pick one up or have any questions about the "File of Life" program, call 1-978-371-2895.
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