Seniors Outreach News October 23, 2013

When you experience a medical issue, or other emergency, every second counts. If you are alone, delayed medical care can jeopardize your recovery, your independence, and even your life if no one knows you have fallen.  The Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service provides simple, fast access to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service offers you and your family the peace of mind and confidence to help you maintain independent living.  Philips Lifeline is trusted by thousands of hospitals and recommended by over 65,000 health care professionals.
Help is only a press of a button away. Lifeline has two options; a pendant or wrist-style help button is the standard service. The new AutoAlert button is an "intelligent alarm" pendant-style button that adds an extra layer of protection as it automatically places a call for help if a fall is detected and you are unable to push the button yourself.
A Lifeline representative will contact you each month to check that you and the unit are okay.  If you need help, Lifeline has a 24/7 response centre that can assist you anytime of the day or night.  The statistics on Philips Lifeline service indicate that it makes a difference in a number of ways: 7% fewer emergency room visits; 26% less likely to be hospitalized; 23% decrease in length of hospital stay; 10% less likely to be institutionalized; and 95% subscriber satisfaction rating.
Seniors Outreach volunteers install and service Philips Lifeline in Kneehill County and the Drumheller area. If you are eligible for Alberta Seniors Benefits, the Alberta Government will cover the majority of the installation fee and $30 of the monthly fee. This is a great way to have peace of mind as we approach the winter season. If you want more information on the Philips Lifeline service, please don't hesitate to contact the Seniors Outreach office at 403-443-2555.  We are here to help you remain as independent as possible.