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Protect Seniors You Love with Direct Link Monitoring Services

By Debbie Humphrey

Even though I sometimes experience push-back from seniors in need of home monitoring services, I will not hesitate to recommend specific devices if it would be beneficial for them and offer peace of mind for their family members.

I am proud that Home Helpers® utilizes Direct Link, because they offer an exclusive line of monitoring systems that allow seniors to live independently and securely in their own homes longer than they might otherwise.

Direct Link systems are always monitored 24/7 by a CSAA 5-Diamond Certified Care Center, allowing you or your loved ones a way to reach out to a live person with the simple touch of a button, anytime, day or night. But that’s not all Direct Link has to offer…

Aside from their 24-hour personal emergency response system (PERS), Direct Link provides monitored and automated medication dispensers and vital signs monitoring.

The Monitored Medical Alert systems include options tailored to your specific situation, such as landline, VOIP, cell, GPS and fall sensors.

Land-in/VOIP Medical Alert System

PERS works off your existing landline or internet VOIP. We keep these in stock and are able to install and test the system with you. 

Cellular Medical Alert System

Seniors may be some of the only people on the planet, besides businesses, that still have landlines. However, for those who only use a cell phone, Direct Link’s Cellular Medical Alert System utilizes multiple cellular networks, so you can reach help 24/7 simply by pushing the pendant. The unit features a 650-foot button range, a 24-hour battery backup & will report if the pendant has been absent from the unit for an extended period of time. The Care Center is also notified of a power loss or low battery, and they will take the appropriate action to ensure your safety by alerting you directly or alerting an emergency contact. 

Fall Sensor

Battling gravity is a way of life, and for seniors who are fall risks, the Direct Link Fall Sensor is specifically designed to detect a fall and automatically dial the central monitoring station to ensure you receive help promptly. If no sudden movement is detected within 10 seconds, an “unconsciousness” alarm will be raised. Help can also be reached 24/7 by pushing the button.

Mobile Care Unit

Seniors who love their independence and are able to get out should be able to do so without worry. The Mobile Care Unit utilizes cellular and GPS technology to track your location in case of an emergency, allowing you to summon help within seconds, and converse directly with someone at the care center. Lightweight, yet durable, The Mobile Care Unit can be worn as a wristwatch or pendant for up to 36 hours before needing to be recharged. 

Automated Medication Dispenser

Keeping up with multiple medications can be a challenge, especially when there are certain prescriptions that must be taken at specific times during the day. According to the Alliance for Health Reform, approximately 20% of seniors are using about 50 prescriptions every year, and research shows about 25% of all nursing home admissions are related to improper self-administration of medicine, such as:

  • Forgetting to take a dose
  • Taking a double dose
  • Taking meds at the wrong time
  • Opening and closing pill bottles
  • Identifying pills or bottles when visually impaired
  • Privacy of type and quantity of medications

The Automated Medical Dispenser utilizes user-friendly microchip technology to dispense multiple medications at preset times:

  • Load up to 28 doses of medication
  • Set the digital alarm clock
  • Close the unit under lock and key, not just a latch
  • When dose is ready, alarm sounds and red light flashes
  • If dose is not taken, The Care Center Is alerted and will call with a reminder

The unit is compatible with digital cable/VOIP phone service, and it is AC operated with a 72-hour rechargeable battery back-up for travel or power failures.

Vitals Monitoring

Here are some interesting stats:

  • Chronic Disease constitutes roughly 75 percent of all healthcare spending.
  • Approximately 18% of patients are readmitted within 30 days of their hospital discharge.
  • A Department of Veteran Affairs study found a 25% reduction in the average number of days hospitalized and a 19% reduction in hospitalization costs for patients using Telemonitoring.

Direct Link has progressive, innovative solutions designed to enable doctors, healthcare providers, and care-givers the opportunity to accurately monitor daily vital signs of patients/clients with a wide range of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, COPD, and asthma.

Direct Link’s vital sign monitoring program is the result of 20 years of experience with in-home monitoring of clients who are elderly, disabled or suffer from chronic illnesses. The Direct Link  Care Center watches for falls, exceptions to client’s vital signs, and medication adherence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Here’s how it works:

  • Direct Link installs a convenient, easy to use modem in the client’s home. The modem plugs into a telephone jack.
  • The client takes their vitals and, with the touch of a single button on the modem, downloads the readings to our Care Center.
  • Clinicians and Care Center representatives watch the vitals and determine if they are in line with expectations. If our system algorithms determine they are out of line, we contact the client to ensure they are OK and then contact clinical professionals to triage the client helping them avoid hospitalization. Direct Link’s active monitoring ensures that the client gets the help that they need.
  • If we do not receive vital signs within a specific time frame and according to a predetermined care plan, a care center agent calls the client with a friendly reminder to take their vitals. They, then, follow up as necessary with caregivers or healthcare professionals.
  • All data is compiled into a Personal Health Record for subsequent review by the client or doctor or emergency personnel.

Direct Link offers peripheral devices to measure vital signs, weight, and blood sugar, if hypertension, chronic heart failure, COPD, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, obesity and diabetes, as another level of protection when these and other serious illnesses exist.

As I mentioned in a recent blog, independence is of great importance to aging adults, and personal in-home monitoring devices can help maintain that reality. They should never instill a sense of fear or be seen as a source of embarrassment, especially if they can protect you or a loved one.

If you know a senior who struggles with activities of daily living, but who wants to remain independent in their own home, I am happy to offer a FREE Consultation to assess their needs and determine if Direct Link monitoring devices would be of benefit. As always, we offer personalized, compassionate, non-medical, in-home care for the disabled and seniors throughout West Pasco and North Pinellas Counties.

We, at Home Helpers® Clearwater, are honored to have received the Home Care Pulse – Best of Home Care® Provider of Choice Award for 2017, 2018 & 2019. We proudly serve male and female seniors in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Home Helpers®…we are Making Life Easier℠  727.942.2539