Archive for Monday, July 16, 2007

Health File can aid in emergencies

July 16, 2007


Douglas County Senior Services is bringing back the Health File Program for Douglas County residents.

The program, which provides care instructions to emergency personnel, is a blue plastic envelope that contains care information for individuals. It also includes a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care choices.

The files are to be placed on the outside of the refrigerator, and are held up by Velcro strips.

Health Files are available at Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., for a $1 donation.

The program originally started in 1999 but ended because people were not keeping their health files in the same place, so emergency crews stopped looking for them.

Now, emergency crews will be trained to look for it on the outside of the refrigerator.

The health forms are not just for seniors. Anyone with health problems can use one.

"They can put their DNRs in it, or whatever health forms they need," said Ashley Schemm, community services program assistant for Douglas County Senior Services.


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