Traditionally, seniors have relied on their children and family members to care for them as they age. But today more often than not, adult children live out of town or in another state; leaving family members concerned about their loved one’s safety and well-being.
A medical alert system can give peace of mind for both seniors and those who care for them. CHP is a contracted provider of two leading medical alert systems, which are available to anyone regardless of whether they use CHP home care or hospice services.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments. A study of 145,000 Philips Lifeline subscribers shows that 1 in 3 seniors fall each year. Medical alert systems offer help to those in need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It can deliver help if a client falls, is unable to get out of a chair or bed, or they’re simply are not feeling well.
CHP offers systems from Philips Lifeline and Medscope; both systems are similar in function and use a wireless or a landline phone. A response-button pendent is worn either around the neck or the wrist. When help is needed, the client will push the button and the unit places a phone call to a response center. The response associate accesses personal profile, evaluates the situation and talks to the client through the unit’s speaker. The response center’s goal is to establish two-way communication. Based on the situation assessment, the associate is capable of either calling the EMS or family members, friends, or neighbors that are listed in the personal profile.
Medical alert pendants are required to meet certain regulations. All of them are waterproof and can be worn in the shower, where falls are more common. Units also have a battery backup so, in the event of a power outage, it will continue to work for approximately 24 hours. The unit also self-tests to ensure everything is operating properly. If there are issues, CHP will be notified and schedule a time to repair the unit.
A call to CHP can arrange everything necessary to setting up this service, including the installation, maintenance and billing. CHP offers units and pendants to meet each person’s needs. Services start at $32 and there are no contracts or required length of service. Which means the system can be used for as short or long as needed – three days or three years. Contact one our offices to learn more about how you can access this potentially life-saving service.