"File of Life" Available to Granby and Simsbury Residents

When a medical condition requires emergency care, every minute counts. Will your family, caregivers, or first-responders know where to locate details about your medications, pre-existing conditions, and physican contact information?

The Farmington Valley VNA is pleased to introduce a "File of Life" program to Granby and Simsbury residents. Supported by generous donations from the Granby Lions Club and the Simsbury Junior Woman's Club, the "File of Life" is a comprehensive "mini-medical history" that is magnetically attached to the refrigerator. The file contains data including medication and dosage instructions, medical conditions, known allergies, blood type, emergency contacts, and physician, hospital, and pharmacy preferences.

The assurance that personal and medical information is readily available can reduce and eliminate confusion for residents and medical personnel in an emergency situation. In a true medical crisis, immediate access to detailed health data, including pre-existing and current conditions and medications, will allow first responders to efficiently and effectively issue life-saving treatments. Whether a person lives alone or relies on the assistance of caregivers, having a centralized location for all pertinent health information ensures that appropriate care will be given and proper parties will be notified, even if they are unable to communicate about their condition.

The "File of Life" will be available to Granby and Simsbury residents, and will be expanded to other local communities in the near future. The Farmington Valley VNA will coordinate distribution with area churches, civic groups, public safety personnel, and the social services departments in each community. Any resident who is interested in receiving a "File of Life" for personal use may contact Sandee Fleet, Community Liaison, at 860-651-3539.

More information about these local non-profit organizations is available at www.farmingtonvalleyvna.org, http://www.simsburyjuniors.org, and http://granbyct.lionwap.org.

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