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Q: How can I keep an elderly parent safe in his or her home?

Posted July 17, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: A caregiver’s worries never end, particularly when ahn elderly parent wants to remain living in his or her own home — which most seniors would prefer to do for as long as possible.

In addition to having At-Home Care helping with the care giving portion, an emergency alert helps those in between times. At-Home Care Company provides several different models and goes into the home to install them free.

The two types of emergency alert systems that we carry are made by two different companies. The Life Aid Company provides a button that can go on the wrist or be worn around the neck. This system runs into the phone line of the home and provides reaching distance all throughout the house and short distances outside of the home with monthly pricing of $29.95. The other system that is the Mobile Alert. This system runs off of GPS technology and can be used anywhere at any time. The two-way radio allows the user to communicate with the emergency alert team. The system has a push button that is to be worn at all times, but when leaving the house the user would carry the mobile device with him or her. The Mobile Alert system has a monthly cost of $39.95 with no contracts. Both systems can either contact your emergency contact person first or go straight to 911. Call for a professional assessment and installation of your alert system today.

Information provided by Chelsea Spear, At-Home Care Company, 1513 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 4, Ankeny, 515-963-4410.

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