File of Life

  • Fire Department, when responding to an emergency, can know what medications you are on and your medical  history so they can begin the treatment immediately!!!
  • Hospital, when you arrive, information is immediately available to medical staff and there is no wasted time in trying to get information to help treat you if you are unconsious or confused!!!
  • You, have the peace of mind knowing that you will have prompt and quality care and assurance the proper person will be notified in case of an emergency!!!

The FILE OF LIFE idea was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut many years ago in a slightly different form called the "Vial of Life", which was to be kept inside the refrigerator.  But the small vial, with a piece of paper containing medical information inside of it, kept getting lost.  In addition, when moisture accumulated in the vial, the information became unreadable. That is why the idea of keeping the file on the refrigerator came about.

In addition to the FILE OF LIFE for the refrigerator, a compact version is also available for a person to carry in a wallet or purse.  A card containing the same medical information is enclosed in the plastic case that is with the person at all times.

This personal wallet size version is an invaluable resource to emergency medical teams responding to critical, life-threatening situations.  Having instant access to medical facts and data can make the difference when every second counts.

We have a supply of forms for the FILE OF LIFE in the office.  Please come by and take one home.  We also have smaller ones for your pocket or purse, for when you are out.  

We request that anyone using the Council on Aging transportation or taking a trip with us, have one with you in order to provide for your safety in an emergency.