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Date updated: June 14, 2018



What is File For Life?

The File For Life* is a way for you to provide vital medical information to emergency responders (paramedics, police, firefighters, etc.) should you ever be sick or injured at home and unable to speak for yourself. It consists of a vinyl envelope with a medical information form (which you need to fill out) inside, which you can stick in clear sight on your fridge for emergency responders to find if needed.


Who should use File For Life?

Older adults – especially those living alone
People with chronic medical conditions or life-threatening allergies


How do I access the program?

The File For Life is an initiative of the SeniorsNL in partnership with the Paramedic Association of NL, the RCMP, the RNC, and the Citizens’ Crime Prevention Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is designed as a pilot project for community organizations to run in their own community. To find out if an organization is running the program in your community, call the SeniorsNL at 1-800-563-5599.


My organization would like to start a File For Life program in our community. How can we get started?

Call the SeniorsNL at 1-800-563-5599. We will supply interested groups with start-up supplies (vinyl File For Life envelopes with medical forms,** sample brochures, tip sheet, etc.). It is up to the community organization to run the program and promote it to both the public and emergency responders. After the initial start-up supplies are gone, organizations will need to find the funds to get more reprinted as needed.


*This program is modelled on the Vial of Life program

**While supplies last.

All File For Life texts, data and documents are in the public domain and may be freely downloaded, copied and printed provided no change to the content is introduced, and the source is acknowledge.





File for Life service is an initiative (based on the Vial of Life program) by the SeniorsNL for other groups to take on and run in their own communities. Materials provided as part of the initiative are provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The SeniorsNL and its partners specifically do not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any such Materials and may periodically add, change, improve or update the Materials without notice. Under no circumstances shall the SeniorsNL and its partners be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of these Materials, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto. The use of File For Life Materials is at the User’s sole risk. Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall the SeniorsNL and its partners be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages.

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