TMH Living Well: Bring Lifeline along with new GoSafe device
Lifeline through TMH
The Memorial Hospital helps individuals sign up for Lifeline. It works with Medicaid and local human service and county organizations to provide the service free-of-charge to qualifying individuals. The cost is $35 a month, or $42 a month with GoSafe. Installation costs $35 and takes one hour, including a brief training.
For more information, contact:
Stayton Mosbey, Lifeline Program coordinator
The Memorial Hospital at Craig
750 Hospital Loop
Craig, CO 81625
The Philips Lifeline device helps more than a hundred Moffat County residents live independently in their homes. Lifeline provides the assurance that if your elderly or disabled loved one needs medical care or feels unsafe they can reach help — or you — with the touch of a button. Now, that button can be brought along wherever they go with a simple device called GoSafe. It’s only a small fee — $5 more — to pay for a lot more independence.
GoSafe — a new independence
“GoSafe offers people the ability to live an active lifestyle. It’s especially helpful for active seniors or disabled folks who want to get out but want peace of mind,” said Stayton Mosbey, emergency medical technician and lifeline coordinator for The Memorial Hospital, which provides Lifeline to county residents at a reduced fee.
GoSafe is equipped with GPS technology and has cell capabilities built in. Like its predecessor AutoAlert, it can detect falls and automatically call for help. But it does much more.
“It uses triangulation through cell phone towers so it can use Wi-Fi along with GPS to pinpoint a person’s location allowing emergency response crews or police to find you,” Mosbey said.
Besides GPS and Intelligent Tracking with Wi-Fi, features of GoSafe — which is worn around the neck — include a long battery life that lasts seven days per charge, two-way voice so you can talk hands free, an audio beacon for when your are in a remote area, an airplane mode, and more. It’s highly simple and easy to use.
“The biggest news with GoSafe is that it works wirelessly, so people without a land line can still get the benefit of Lifeline at home or out,” Mosbey added.
Lifeline is designed for individuals who live alone but may need assistance due to medical reasons or simply aging. Lifeline provides help at the push of a big, easy button. What’s great is that Lifeline alerts you, the main caregiver or family member, if your parent needs assistance, thus eliminating the need for constant worry or checking in.
The HomeSafe device looks like an answering machine with a speaker, antenna and one large button. When pushed, a call is sent over the phone lines to a call center where someone is available to answer any time day or night. The subscriber’s general information and health information pops up along with the names of three “on-call” helpers, such as family members.
An ambulance is not sent every time. For example, if an individual slips and simply needs help up, a family member or neighbor can be called to assist. A Lifeline representative answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“This year we’ve made 39 assistances calls without hospital transport. We were able to help keep people out of the hospital by providing basic medical care or assistance at home — something we do not charge for. I tell people if you have any problem or concern, call us. That’s what we are here for,” Mosbey stated.
A large purpose of Lifeline is to alert help when a person falls: “The longer a person is on the floor, the longer they will likely stay in the hospital or have poor health outcomes. Lifeline really does save lives,” Mosbey added.
Emergency responders appreciate when people have Lifeline. Sometimes, EMTs hear people say that they hesitate to call because they don’t want to be a bother.
“That’s why we are here. Maybe you simply feel weak and need us to contact a family member to bring a meal. Or you hear a noise and feel unsafe and would like the police to stop by or do a neighborhood patrol. It doesn’t have to be a medical emergency to call,” Mosbey concluded.
This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig — improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.