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File Of Life Enrollment Draws Seniors
CAPS member Rosemary Hein, at right, helps fill out the appropriate paperwork for a woman interested in the File Of Life program. Registration was held at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 12. - photo by Photo Courtesy Of Oakdale Police Department
It was a successful day, Wednesday, Aug. 12, when CAPS (Citizen Auxiliary Police Services) members went to the Senior Center to sign up those interested in the File Of Life program, currently facilitated by the Senior Outreach.
According to Ann Farmer, Senior Outreach Coordinator, the day was well worth the effort as 120 seniors were signed up for the program that helps first responders find the appropriate medical information for elderly patients.
File Of Life, similar to the Vial Of Life, is a personal home medical file slip prepared for emergency first responders that includes current medicine dosages that slide into a red, easily identifiable pouch that is magnetized to stick on their refrigerator.
“They’re easily detected and a lot more convenient,” Farmer said of the switch from the Vial to File program six months ago. The Vial program used a cylinder that went inside of the refrigerator. “Plus there’s a decal that goes on the outside window or door that makes it easier for the first responders to recognize.”
Farmer said the response was so good, plans are in the works to sponsor another enrollment day.
“It was very successful. The seniors were tickled pink to have it,” Farmer said. “Many told us stories about how much they need the program.”
The program was made possible by a generous donation by the Senior Foundation, which paid for 400 packets.
For more information, call Senior Outreach Coordinator Ann Farmer at 847-2231.