COMPANION LIFELINE helps seniors to continue to live independently
Now offers Adams County seniors the Companion Lifeline Service with NEW AutoAlert giving them access to help that automatically places a call for help if a fall is detected
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Adams County Memorial Hospital recently began to offer Companion Lifeline, the leading medical alert service in Northeast Indiana with over 1,500 subscribers, to help seniors in the Adams County area live in the homes they love. As of July 2011, all of the near 270 emergency response subscribers through Adams County Memorial Hospital will be converted over to Companion Lifeline. This includes approximately 150 in the Adams community and 120 at the Woodcrest and Evergreen Retirement Communities.
Companion Lifeline is a medical alert service designed to reduce the risk of living alone. In the event of a fall or emergency, help is available at the push of a button, and now with NEW AutoAlert, the only medical alert pendant that can call for help when patients can’t. For a little more than a dollar a day, seniors throughout the Adams and Wells County communities can purchase the Lifeline Service through Companion Lifeline.
On average, one of every three adults over age 65 falls each year, making falls the most common cause of death or injury in the home —creating real concern for seniors and their loved ones. By offering the Companion Lifeline Service, Adams and Wells County seniors are able get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Close to 50 percent of seniors can’t get up from a fall without help1 and lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications, including: pressure ulcers, muscle necrosis, dehydration, hypothermia and pneumonia. The care and treatment of these potentially preventable complications are costly to the healthcare system and negatively impact quality of life for seniors.
Companion Lifeline with AutoAlert is designed to help reduce the risk of long lie times. If a fall victim receives help more quickly, that may reduce emotional distress and potential costs of extended treatment, rehabilitation and supported living. With AutoAlert, if a fall is detected, subscribers still have the opportunity to receive quick access to assistance even in situations where they can’t push their button, for example, if they lose consciousness, become immobilized, forget to push their button or won’t push their button because they feel they can manage the situation independently. Just as important, the service can provide added confidence and peace of mind to the 22 million seniors who fear falling. 2
“By offering Companion Lifeline, we give seniors in the Adams community a meaningful and needed service, allowing them to have the confidence to continue to live in the homes they love, knowing that help is available with the only medical alert pendant that can call for help when patients can’t.” said Rick Gerig, Companion Lifeline owner.
For more information about the Companion Lifeline Service or any other services Companion Lifeline offers contact Jeff Scheribel at 260-459-9900.
Web Link to Watch Auto Alert Video Presentation
1. Falls, fractures, and injury, Merck Manual of Geriatrics, Section 2, Chapter 20, Topic: Falls. p.1. www.merck.com/mkgr/mmg/sec2/ch20/ch20a.jsp.
2. Jette, Alan, PT, PhD, Fear of falling in older persons, White Paper published by Philips Lifeline, 2008, p 2