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FILE OF LIFE

The File of Life gives first responders medical information when patients can’t. Including current health problems, allergies, medications, contact persons and more. It is kept on the outside of your refrigerator in a bright red magnetic pocket.

  • Saves critical time – your medical information is written down ready to utilized by immediate medical personnel.
  • Benefits everyone – medical personnel have your medical information if you or a family member are not able to provide it.
  • If you would like a File of Life, please call (520) 887-1010 ext. 1200.

 

File of Life Graphic featuring the Northwest Fire District

 

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KNOX HOMEBOX

The Knox HomeBox provides first responders with quick and secure access when responding to elderly, chronically ill, and homebound community members during emergency situations. It significantly reduces the need for a forced entry and the resulting damage repairs. No costly monitoring fees required.

  • Holds 1 key.
  • Provides firefighters with residential rapid access.
  • Minimizes the need for costly property repairs due to forced entry.
  • Re-securing the residence is simple and quick.

Knox Box first responder key box mounted to brick wall. Photo of Knox Box interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To order the Knox HomeBox

 

PREVENT FALLS

  • If you have difficulty with walking or balance, or have fallen in the past year, talk to your healthcare provider about having a special falls risk assessment.
  • Ask your provider if you would benefit from an exercise program to prevent falls.
  • If you have fallen before, or are scared of falling, think about buying a special alarm that you wear as a bracelet or necklace. Then, if you fall and can’t get to the phone, you can push a button on the alarm that will call emergency services for you.
  • Don’t rush to answer the phone. Many people fall trying to answer the phone. Either carry a cordless or cell phone, or let it go to voicemail.
  • When walking on smooth floors, wear non-slip footwear, such as slippers with rubber/no-slip bottoms or flat, thin-soled shoes that fit well.
  • If you have a cane or a walker, use it at all times instead of holding onto walls and furniture.

Check your risk for a fall

 

SAFETY PROOF YOUR HOME

  •  Make sure all hallways, stairs, and paths are well-lit and clear of objects such as books or shoes.
  • Use rails and banisters when going up and down the stairs. Never place scatter rugs at the bottom or top of stairs.
  • Tape all area rugs to the floor so they do not move when you walk on them.
  • Install grab bars near toilets and in the tub or shower.
  • Replace handles on doors or faucets with ones that are comfortable for you to use.
  • Place no-slip strips or non-skid mats on tile and wood floors or surfaces that may get wet.
  • Install a ramp with handrails to the front door.

 Home Safety Guide

 

PROTECT AGAINST FIRE AND RELATED DANGERS

  • If there is a fire in your home, don’t try to put it out. Leave and call 911.
  • Know at least two ways to get out of your apartment or home.
  • When you’re cooking, don’t wear loose clothes or clothes with long sleeves.
  • Replace appliances that have fraying or damaged electrical cords.
  • Don’t put too many electric cords into one socket or extension cord.
  • Install a smoke detector and replace the battery twice a year.
  • Never smoke in bed or leave candles burning, even for a short time, in an empty room.
  • Make sure heaters are at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, such as curtains, bedding, or furniture. Turn off space heaters when you leave the room.

 Fire Safety for Older Adults

MEDICATION SAFETY

  • Keep all medications in their original containers so you don’t mix up medicines.
  • Ask your pharmacist to put large-print labels on your medications to make them easier to read.
  • Take your medications in a well-lit room, so you can see the labels. Bring all of your pill bottles with you to your healthcare provider’s appointments so he or she can look at them and make sure you are taking them correctly.
  • Do take the right dose. Don’t take a larger dose thinking it will help you more and don’t skip or take half doses to save money.
  • Do not share medicines. Do not take medicines prescribed for another person or give yours to someone else.

 Managing Medications Worksheet

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