According to a widely circulated AARP study, three quarters of people over the age of 45 want to remain living in their current residence for as long as possible, with 88% of respondents over the age of 65 agreeing with this sentiment. As our local population ages, so too, does our need for resources to keep us safe and self-sufficient.
Life-Assist is a personal emergency response system that has helped hundreds of Door County residents remain independent in their own homes, offering immediate assistance at the push of a button.
“Life-Assist is really a way to give people more freedom in their lives,” says Sandy Sievert, director of the Life-Assist program. “If you want to go into your garden, or walk out to get the mail, you can be confident about it,” she explains. “It also gives the client and their family peace of mind, especially for families who might not live close to their loved ones.”
Several types of alert systems are available to meet an individual’s needs. Cellular and mobile devices allow you to press your help button from anywhere, connecting you directly to the call center. Devices are GPS enabled so the call center can pinpoint your location even if you cannot provide that information. The button is also completely waterproof.
Sievert says that there is a misconception that Life-Assist is only for elderly or people who frequently fall. “Anyone who lives alone or is home alone for long periods of time can benefit from this added security.”
Life-Assist is also important for people with physical disabilities or medical issues who have a higher risk for medical emergency.
“Life-Assist has improved my quality of life by allowing me to get a hold of friends and family when I need something,” says Life-Assist client Eric Murrock. “I'm a C4 quadriplegic and can't get out of bed to get to my phone, so it's very convenient when I need help in non-emergency situations, like when my CPAP mask comes unclipped.”
Sievert has been program director of Life-Assist since 1987 and is proud to offer personalized service to her clients, “People don’t have to call a toll-free number when they have a question or need assistance with a problem. We install and service all of our equipment locally,” she adds, “I love helping the clients I service.”
For more information or to get started with Life-Assist, contact Sandy Sievert at 920-746-3578.