Lifeline Program by LRH Enables Independent Living
Falling is a big threat to independent living for many people, especially senior citizens. Fortunately, Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) offers a Lifeline system that provides people with the independence they desire with the help they need, whether the help they need is a result of a fall, or for peace of mind.
The Lifeline system is simple to use. With the push of a button, a small in-home unit called a communicator is activated. It puts the patient in touch with a Lifeline Monitor who talks to the patient to find out what kind of help they need. The Monitor calls one of the patient’s friends, neighbors, or relatives – “responders” who will go to the patient’s home and check on them. If the patient needs more professional help, the Monitor will call for it immediately.
LRH Director of Community Health Micki Kohorst said, “Patients really appreciate the service because it enables them to remain living independently in their homes. Also, family members of Lifeline patients appreciate the service because they are assured their loved one is safe, secure, and happy in their home. They realize if help is needed, Lifeline will call the right kind of help for them, whether it’s to dispatch an ambulance or have a neighbor look in on them.”
Anyone interested in the service may become a Lifeline subscriber. Patients need not make a long-term commitment to the program. Those interested in Lifeline may call LRH’s Community Health Center at 712-338-9998 for more information.