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The Direct Link Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Protects Lives

By Home Helpers Boise

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Success Story

One of the biggest fears we have as we age is the inability to get up after a fall. The following testimonial comes from one of our local clients whose mother-in-law was fortunate enough to be wearing her Direct Link emergency contact pendant.

“My mother-in-law recently turned 80 years old and still lives alone. She’s very proud of her independence and will never willingly give it up. That’s one of the reasons we insisted that she have a PERS device in her apartment. She wasn’t overjoyed at the thought, but it’s come in handy a couple of times, none more so than when she took a fall a week or so ago and couldn’t get up on her own. I was at work when the call from the contact center came telling me that she had fallen and couldn’t get up. They also said that they were unable to tell if she was injured due to loud background noise (the television volume was pretty high). Since they were unable to tell, they decided to call 911 and dispatch an ambulance while I was also en route.  The ambulance arrived before I did and luckily found her uninjured and ok. I can’t imagine what would have happened without the Direct Link PERS device from Home Helpers. She could have been on the floor for days.” – Rich, Boise

Unfortunately, this story is all too common. Falling is a fact of life…the only thing that changes is our ability to recover from a fall. The National Council on Aging said that every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. The same article goes on to say that “falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults’ fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.”

Regardless of who you choose to provide that extra sense of security, find a home helping agency that can set your loved ones up with a PERS device like the Direct Link unit that helped Rich’s mother-in-law in Boise. It could be the difference between life and death.