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A PUBLICATION FROM THE...

SIGHT LOSS
INFORMATION
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.....ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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SHOULD THE READER WANT TO SUGGEST ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS FOR THIS BULLETIN, PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS - GO TO LINK, SEND A MESSAGE, NEAR THE TOP OF THIS WEBPAGE.

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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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HISTORICALLY, IN MOST RETIREMENT CENTERS AND INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES GETTING URGENT OR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE WHEN YOU ARE ALONE IS MONITORED BY:

A. DOOR TAG

PLACING A OFFICIAL CARD ON A FRONT DOORKNOB IN THE EVENING - IF CARD IS NOT REMOVED BY RESIDENT EACH MORNING, A SECURITY CHECK IS DONE

B. TENANT PHONE

IF RESIDENT PUSHES THE PHONE RECEIVER OFF THE HOOK, A SECURITY CHECK IS DONE

HOWEVER, WHEN A PERSON FORGETS TO PUT OUT THEIR DOORKNOB CARD OR IS PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO REACH THE PHONE RECEIVER AND CANNOT BE HEARD WHEN YELLING FOR SOMEONE, THE NEED FOR A NO-FAIL ARRANGEMENT IS OBVIOUS.

THIS CRITICAL HEALTH SECURITY ISSUE ALSO APPLIES TO AGING-IN-PLACE HOUSE AND APARTMENT RESIDENTS.

C. EMERGENCY ALERT

AN EXCELLENT SAFETY SOLUTION IS TO ALWAYS WEAR A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE IN CASE OF A PERSONAL CRISIS ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT:

- PUSH-BUTTON SUBSCRIPTION MONITORING SERVICE USING A WATERPROOF WRITS, BELT, POCKET, PURSE OR NECK PANIC ALERT

SPECIAL NOTE:

CONSIDER AN ENHANCED HELP BUTTON WITH...

- BUILT-IN GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) FOR EXACT ANYTIME ANYWHERE PERSONAL LOCATING CAPABILITY

- MONITOR UNIT WITH LIGHTED CONTROL BUTTONS AND BUILT-IN TWO-WAY SPEAKER FOR DIRECT AND INSTANT HANDS-FREE VOICE COMMUNICATION WITH MONITORING CENTER

TO FIND COMPANIES THAT OFFER EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES SEE LISTING AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BULLETIN OR SEE YELLOW PAGES HEADING...

SECURITY EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS AND MONITORING

- WIRELESS-PHONE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

A CELL PHONE ON BELT OR IN POCKET OR PURSE WITH ONE-KEY, MEMORY DIALING FOR A CAREGIVER

SPECIAL NOTE:

SOME HAVE BUILT-IN BLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) FOR EXACT ANYTIME ANYWHERE PERSONAL LOCATING CAPABILITY

TO LOCATE COMPANIES THAT OFFER PORTABLE PHONES SEE YELLOW PAGES HEADING...

CELLULAR AND WIRELESS PHONES AND SERVICE

- NUMERIC-PAGER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

IF HELPFUL THE CAREGIVER CAN CARRY A VIDEO-DISPLAY PAGER AND BE SUMMONED BY USING A TELEPHONE KEYPAD FOR THESE SUGGESTED TYPE-IN CODES:

911 = IMMEDIATE HELP IS NEEDED

912 = HELP WITHIN AN HOUR IS NEEDED

913 = HELP IS NEEDED SOMETIME TODAY

TO LOCATE PAGING DEVICES SEE YELLOW PAGES HEADING...

PAGING EQUIPMENT AND SERVICE

D. THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

THE APPLE APPS STORE OFFERS THE FREE VSOS EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICE APP FOR THE I-PHONE WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT ALTERNATIVE TO A SUBSCRIPTION PANIC BUTTON. THIS SMART PHONE SOFTWARE ENABLES:

- WORKS ANYWHERE - AT HOME OR ON THE GO
- CAN TRIGGER E-MAIL OR TEXT MESSAGE TO YOUR DOCTOR, FAMILY, FRIEND OR ANY COMBINATION
- CAN TRIGGER PHONE-CALL TO 9-1-1 OR ANY OF THE ABOVE
- BUILT-IN GPS CAN NOTIFY ANYONE OR EVERYONE EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE
- BUILT-IN CAMERA CAN TRANSMIT STILLS AND VIDEO OF YOUR SITUATION IN CASE OF ACCIDENT, FIRE OR CRIME

TO FIND MORE INFORMATION GO TO...

- WWW DOT NUVEL INC DOT COM
SCROLL TO: HEADING - VSOS

NOTE: THERE IS ALSO A ANDROID VERSION

E. PERSONAL DISTRESS CALLING

FOR DO-IT-YOURSELF IN-HOME HELP...

LINK: 9-1-1 PHONE
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

F. EMERGENCY IDENTIFICATION

LOST PERSON WEARS OR CARRIES SPECIAL CODED I.D. PATCH, PIN, TAG OR CARD FOR IMMEDIATE REFERENCE.

FOR DETAILS OR TO SIGN-UP...

- WWW DOT IF I NEED HELP DOT ORG
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HERE ARE MORE RESOURCES TO CONSIDER...

LINK: E-INFO: AGING-DISABILITY
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

LINK: WIRELESS PHONES
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

ADDITIONALLY, FOR DISABLED OR AGING INDIVIDUALS LIVING INDEPENDENTLY IN A HOUSE OR APARTMENT, THEY CAN REGISTER THEIR STATUS WITH THEIR POSTAL CARRIER. THEN, IF THEY HAVE NOT EMPTIED THEIR EXTERIOR MAILBOX FOR A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF DAYS A SECURITY ALERT WILL BE GIVEN TO AN EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON:

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
1-800-275-8777

FURTHER, THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISE NATIONALLY ON BOTH TELEVISION AND RADIO AND SOME ALSO HAVE INTERNET SITES:

1. COMPANION BUTTON
1-888-609-4093

2. LIFE ALERT BUTTON
1-800-900-5237

3. ALERT USA BUTTON
1-800-641-5353

4. LIFELINE BUTTON
1-800-720-3312

5. LIFE PHONE
1-800-500-3470

6. HOME BUDDY
1-866-922-8339

7. MOBILE HELP
1-877-425-6403

8. REST ASSURED
1-877-338-9193

9. WEBSITE: // TOP MEDICAL ALERT COMPANIES DOT COM

PLUS, HERE ARE SOME FIND-IT WORD IDEAS FOR INTERNET RESEARCH:

- CELLULAR MEDICAL ALERTS
- MOBILE MEDICAL MONITORING
- GPS MONITORING AND TRACKING
- MEDICAL ALARMS
- PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE

FINALLY, HERE ARE SOME COST AND OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING CHOICES:

- SETUP FEE
- MONTHLY RATE
- CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS
- CONTRACT LIMITATIONS
- EQUIPMENT PRICE
- ACTIVATION EXPENSE
- SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE
- ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES

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