Philips Lifeline just released its new HomeSafe Wireless medical alarm system designed for seniors living independently at home. Based on the original HomeSafe, the wireless version of the system does not rely on having to have landline phone service in the house. The system will contact paramedics, relative, and anyone else setup as a caretaker anytime the user pushes a button on the accompanying bracelet or necklace, or if the system detects a fall.
The HomeSafe Wireless works via the cellular telephone network and may be a best bet for the increasing number of people choosing not to have a traditional telephone in the house.
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 leverages 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 the peace of mind of 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.