Mary Edd Morton suffered a mini-stroke in her South Lubbock backyard a year and a half ago. She says, "I walked past the hedge and apparently blacked out as I fell. I hit the side of my head and I didn't know anything for I don't know how long." Fortunately, her daughter was in the house and was able to help her. But now, Morton is taking additional precautions.
Morton wears a Lifeline Personal Response System necklace. With a click of a button, she'll be directed to a Home Instead operator. Home Instead Community Services Representative Deborah Dakin explains, "Seniors simply press a button when they need help. This unit activates a voice response and asks is there an emergency? The client can make it known they've fallen or not feeling well. The operator will then call emergency response and a friend or neighbor and EMS to let them in the house."
The device is waterproof and can work within an 800 feet radius around the home. Caregiver Dorothy Badke says, "Even through you just have a little button, it's almost like there's another person that's always available. Once you punch that button, they stay on the line with you until the responder comes to the home." Badke is Morton's caregiver and knows Lifeline can save a life when she's not able to help.
Morton says, "I just feel safe with it because I can punch it once and get a certain person and punch it again and get another person. That gives you a comfortable feeling."
Lifeline operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is available throughout the United States but costs about $40 a month here in Lubbock. For more information on the service in Lubbock, call Home Instead Senior Care at (806) 281-4663 or ( click here ).