Since so many seniors are receiving home care services and in the coming years, even more seniors will be receiving in home care services, there is a need for seniors to be able to contact first responders at any time. To keep seniors safe, even when their in home care providers are not in the home, seniors and their families can invest in a personal emergency response system.
What is a Personal Emergency Response System?
A personal emergency response system is a small device that seniors can wear so that when an emergency situation arises, they can push a button and a first responder will arrive. Each personal emergency response system uses a radio transmitter that connects to a telephone piece that then places an emergency call to a response center.
Why is it Important?
When a senior receives 24-hour in home care services, a personal emergency response is most likely not needed. However, if there is time when a senior is at home alone, an emergency response system can make the difference between life and death. The devices are lightweight and can be worn in a variety places. Seniors often wear them on their belt or a wrist band. Many seniors will also wear them around their necks on a lanyard. Seniors should put them in a convenient location so they can get to them if they fall.
How Does it Work?
Personal emergency response systems are designed to signal the phone appliance to dial 911 or other emergency numbers. Many of the systems are preset to call an emergency center, rather than 911 – much like a home security system calls the security system’s dispatcher. With the telephone technology today, the call center employees can talk to the senior through the response device to see what the problem is and who should come to help the senior. Many of the emergency call centers also have medical histories on file so they can see what problems might need to be managed and who is the best person to manage those problems.
How To Pay for One?
If a doctor recommends a personal emergency response system, seniors might be able to get some financial help paying for it through insurance or Medicare and Medicaid. For seniors who receive a significant amount of in home care service, there are rental programs available to help keep prices down. Some seniors choose to buy their own response systems, but they will have to pay a monthly monitoring fee. Regardless of the way the personal emergency response system paid for, someone will have to install the telephone appliance to ensure that the system works properly. Seniors who do not have the disposable income to pay for a personal emergency response system can usually receive some money from social service agencies. Because most emergency response systems require contracts, much like mobile phones, seniors should have some assistance with the contract to be sure that they are not taken advantage of by the company that provides the service.
Care Connection provides home care services in Haslett, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.