CHH Expands Medical Device Services and Offerings For Seniors

(Torrington, CT) At Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH), we know peace of mind is very important for both ourselves and our loved ones. With this in mind, CHH is expanding its popular Lifeline Emergency Medical Response Service product line by adding providing the new HomeSafe Wireless system and the CarePartners Mobile app. Additionally, CHH is now offering a new locked medication dispenser from MedMinder.

The new HomeSafe Wireless system is a solution that expands access to Lifeline to those who do not have a home phone line. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a quarter of U.S. households have eliminated landlines, while cell phone usage has increased dramatically. To address this shift, the new HomeSafe system utilizes a wireless communicator that connects users to Philips’ 24-hour emergency response center, eliminating the need for a landline and providing seniors and their families with comfort knowing they have access to help when needed. The HomeSafe Wireless system encompasses the standard Lifeline service as well as the Lifeline service with AutoAlert, which is designed to automatically place a call for help if a fall is detected and the user is unable to push their button.

The HomeSafe Wireless system is designed for easy installation by seniors and their families, with built-in guidance on where best to place the wireless communicator so it fits within the current design of the home. It is equipped with a battery back-up that can provide up to 24 hours of support in case of a power outage, ensuring that users always have access to the Lifeline medical alert service while at home.

Philips’ Lifeline Services has many satisfied participants in the area. One Torrington resident stated, “If I had Lifeline last week when I fell, I would not have been on the floor for three days.” Another local resident of New Hartford added “I rely on my Lifeline, it has saved my life.”

CHH is also pleased to offer to our neighbors the MedMinder Pill Dispenser. MedMinder has an optional locking function to ensure the safety and comfort for the users and their loved ones. If the locking feature is utilized, it will allow users access to only the correct compartment at the correct dosage time; all other compartments will remain locked. MedMinder’s pill dispenser looks like a basic seven-day pillbox and is wireless and portable. MedMinder can store up to a 28-day supply of medication, giving peace of mind to the user and loved ones.

Once the device is set up, there will be visual and auditory prompts to take their medication. If a dose is missed, not only will the user receive an e-mail, text message or phone call, but so will the predetermined caregivers and family. MedMinder keeps records of patient activities and the caregiver can access this information via the internet, receive real-time emails or text message notifications.

Additionally, Philips has released a new application available for Apple and Android products for caregivers. This app assists in the facilitation of care for an aging parent or loved one. This FREE tool allows for multiple family members, friends, neighbors, volunteers, paid workers and all other caregivers to coordinate care. You can see at a glance who is doing what, and what tasks still need volunteers. And you can take the tasks for which you are responsible, put them in your smartphone’s calendar, and receive reminders.

“We are excited to add MedMinder to our program of services for seniors. This product will allow users to remain independent, active and mobile, while safely taking their medications,” said Kelley Benedict, employee of the Case Management department at CHH.

When purchasing your medical device, make sure that you are working with a dealer authorized by Philips Healthcare like Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

For plan and pricing information or a demonstration of these services and devices, call (860) 496-6648 or visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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