CHH Offers Medical Alert Service as a Holiday Gift Idea

Each holiday season, we find that while the holidays are a festive time of year, it is also a stressful time. Families get together during the holidays and realize that their senior loved ones could use additional support and know they can’t always be there to provide it for them. The Lifeline Service can be a gift of lasting value for caregivers to give to their loved ones who want to continue living independently at home.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a local distributer of LIFELINE® Medical Alert Emergency Response Service. Lifeline® is a two-way voice response transmitter system worn as a necklace or wristband that when activated during a fall or emergency sends a phone signal to the 24-hour staffed monitoring center. In seconds the individual’s name, address, vital information and direct numbers to local police, fire, and ambulance services are displayed on the Lifeline® monitor’s screen. Receiving the signal for help, a trained operator will talk to the person directly and dispatch immediate aid if needed.

“This service provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones not only during the holidays but every day of the year.” said Mary Beth Bednarz, CHH Director of Case Management. “We are especially driven during the holiday season to help more at-risk elders remain independent, so that they can share in the festivities with their family and friends in the homes that they love.”

The industry-leading, standard Lifeline Service provides fast access to highly trained, caring response associates at the push of a button, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Also available is the Lifeline with
AutoAlert* option provides an added layer of protection by automatically placing a call for help if a fall is detected and the subscriber can’t push their button because they are disoriented, immobilized or unconscious. Lifeline is the only medical alert service provider that integrates this capability into a pendant-style help button.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, seniors are living longer and remaining in their own homes; however, falls have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that 13.3 million people who will fell in 2010, or one person falling every 2.3 seconds on average.

Part of Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, Philips Lifeline is the leading medical alert service, dedicated to helping give seniors more confidence and peace of mind to live independently in their own homes. The Lifeline service is offered by more than 2,500 healthcare and community organizations and provides services to more than 700,000 subscribers.

For information and pricing, call (860) 496 6648 or visit

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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