Kootenai Health Helps Seniors Live Independently

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Kootenai Health Helps Seniors Live Independently

M

y friend, Barb, lives 500 miles away from her mother and enjoys a yearly trip to spend Christmas with her. Barb has always marveled at her mother’s energy, good health and independent lifestyle. However calling to plan the trip this year Barb’s mother did not answer her phone.

“Why isn’t Mom answering the phone at 9 a.m.? What could have happened?” she thought.

Barb called three neighbors before she could find one to go check on her mother. Apparently her mother had fallen, sprained her ankle and was unable to get to the phone. Barb was thankful that she was able to contact a neighbor to check up on her mother, but she started thinking about how long her mother could have gone without help. Who could be there when she needed assistance?

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Kootenai Health Lifeline Medical Alert Service

You can’t always be there for an aging parent or loved one who lives alone. However, you can help increase their confidence to live independently – with Philips Lifeline. The Lifeline Medical Alert service provides fast access to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Lifeline is a simple, waterproof device worn as a pendant or wristband that allows you to summon help with the push of a button from within your home. By pressing the small waterproof personal help button, you are quickly connected to a trained Lifeline response associate who accesses your profile and dispatches appropriate assistance. Getting help quickly in an emergency can reduce unnecessary suffering, and early intervention in the case of a heart attack, stroke, or respiratory distress improves the outlook for survival and recovery.

Kootenai Health has offered the Lifeline Service to residents of Kootenai and Boundary Counties for over 30 years and is the only non-profit provider in northern Idaho. We chose Philips Lifeline because they are the industry-leading provider of personal emergency services. All equipment is made in the United States and all monitoring is done in the United States. Kootenai Health is dedicated to serving our community by providing seniors with immediate access to emergency help when needed.

I was able to help Barb get lifeline for her mother and gain peace of mind for herself. Do you have a loved one in need of access to emergency help? I can help you too. Please give me a call: Peggy Fairfield, Kootenai Health Lifeline 208) 625-5020.

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