The File of Life provides valuable information to first responders, especially when an individual who needs assistance is unconscious, disoriented, or unable to speak or recall details in the midst of an emergency.
The File of Life is a small plastic pocket that contains a card with your important medical information. The pocket attaches by a magnetic strip to the front of your refrigerator. You also place a File of Life sticker on the front door of your house to inform first responders that you participate in this program. Law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical teams know where to find the File of Life.
Write your personal medical information on the File of Life card such as doctors’ names and contact info, emergency family contacts, medications, allergies, medical conditions, etc. Writing the information in pencil enables you to update the card if your medical information changes. Adding a small photo of yourself is helpful if there is more than one person in the home.
Triad recommends that every senior and every individual with a serious medical condition in a household have a File of Life.