Subscribers of Community Hospital’s Lifeline program are receiving new units with even better technology to keep them safe and independent longer.
Branigan Dame, Community Hospital’s Lifeline coordinator for five years, has been working diligently to upgrade 160 units in homes from Beaver City to Cambridge to Wallace to Palisade and places in between.
“Everyone is getting a new unit,” she said, explaining that the new units test themselves once a week to assure they are working properly. Also, the button that is worn around the neck or on the wrist, is automatically tested once a month. Former units and buttons had to be tested by the user.
The new units offer an option called the AutoAlert button. This new service option is especially important for subscribers have a high risk for falls or other health issues.
“13.3 million people 65 years of age and older will fall this year—that's one fall every 2.3 seconds,” Dame said. “Nearly half of them won't be able to get up afte1r the fall. Lifeline with the AutoAlert button can help when you need it most, even if you can't press the button yourself.”
The AutoAlert pendant is equipped with multiple sensors that constantly monitor a person’s movement and activity as they go about their daily routine. Using patented technology, the auto alert easily distinguishes between normal activities and most falls, so when a fall does occur the auto alert pendant can detect it and automatically place a call for help.
Branigan said the service is affordable. The units are only $28 a month. Those equipped with the auto alert button are only $38 a month. An additional one time fee of $45 is charged for installation. 55PLUS members have a reduced installation fee of only $35.
Branigan enjoys her work with Lifeline units because she has the opportunity to work with the older generation. “I like listening to their stories and learning about their lives. It also makes me satisfied to know that the family and their loved one can now have peace of mind with the use of their Lifeline unit.”
For more information on Lifeline, call Community Hospital’s home health and hospice department, Community HealthCare and Hospice, at 308-344-8356 or go to our Community HealthCare and Hospic page.