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Personal Emergency Response System

Program/Service description A Personal Emergency Response System is a device that allows a person at high risk (for example an older person who lives alone and has a health problem) to get immediate help in the event of an emergency. The person who is using the system wears a button that he or she can push if needed. The button connects electronically to the person's phone, which is programmed to send a signal to a response center or other contact persons who can then carry out a series of actions to help the person in need.
Public funding source(s)*
  • State funds
  • Older Americans Act
Who is eligible At-risk frail elderly or adults with physical disabilities who live alone or who are alone a good portion of the day.
Where it is available Statewide
Who to contact for information or enrollment Contact the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities by phone or e-mail.
Related internet links Federal Trade Commission Information on Personal Emergency Response Systems

*Public funding means that the program is paid for, in part or in whole, by the government. Some publicly-funded programs have eligibility requirements and provide services at low cost or no cost to people who qualify. Most of these programs and services though, are also available to people who are able to pay privately (with their own money). For more information, please see the Sources of Funding section of this web site.

Last Updated: Wednesday April 18 2012
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