Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary Announces Expanded Services to Help Keep Seniors Safe in their Homes

Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary Announces
Expanded Services to Help Keep Seniors Safe in their Homes

Carlinville, IL – Carlinville Area Hospital announced today a new partnership with Healthcom, Inc. to improve services available to area seniors. CAH Auxiliary will now provide CareLink®, a Personal Medical Alert program that allows seniors to obtain immediate help in the event of an in-home emergency.

“Our goal is to help individuals stay independent as long as possible. By providing them with a service that links them to friends, family or emergency assistance, we can support their recovery and independence during the times when they are by themselves,” said CAH Director of Development, Jamie Bray.

Carlinville Area Hospital’s new CareLink program can provide help quickly for anyone living alone who experiences a fall, medical emergency, or even a home security situation. CareLink subscribers simply push a button on a CareLink pendant and it sends an immediate signal for help.
The signal goes into a 24 hour a day CareLink Support Center, where trained responders can speak with the subscriber, “hands-free” through a speaker/microphone in the CareLink unit, and determine what type of assistance the subscriber wants and needs. Even if the subscriber cannot talk, the Center can dispatch immediate assistance from neighbors, family or ambulance.
“Among individuals over age 65, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital readmissions for trauma. Studies show medical alert users are three times less likely to be transported to the hospital after a fall, resulting in reductions to hospital readmissions ranging from 26-48 percent,” Healthcom Inc. President Aaron Kirk said. “By taking advantage of this medical communication technology we are helping seniors live safer, more independent lives and providing peace of mind along with around-the-clock assistance should they need it.” Healthcom is a family owned company that has been providing medical alert services since 1992 and whose corporate office is located in Sullivan, Illinois.

For more information on the new CareLink program being offered by Carlinville Area Hospital please contact Jamie Bray, Director of Development, at 217.854.3868.