For Sturgeon Bay resident Tom Kruek, the Life Assist personal emergency system means fewer worries, and a more fulfilling life. “Having Life Direct means I don’t have to live with fear of falling. I’m able to live without anxiety, knowing that I can get help at the push of a button,” he says.
Life Assist has helped hundreds of Door County residents remain independent in their own homes. If a client needs help, a push of a button activates a connection with a care center that alerts family or emergency services. “Life Assist is really a way to give people more freedom in their lives,” says Sandy Sievert, director of the Life Assist program. “If you want to go into your garden, or walk out to get the mail, you can be confident about it,” she explains. “It also gives the client and their family a great deal of peace of mind, especially for families who might not live close to their loved ones.”
The alert button is not just for people prone to falling. “The emergency can be anything,” says Sievert. “An allergic reaction, discomfort or even an intruder. The bottom line is, if something happens to a loved one and they are wearing their Life Assist device, they will get the care they need.”
Life Assist serves 300 people from Washington Island to Kewaunee County, and Sievert receives new calls every day. It’s a job she loves, and she’s been at it for 19 years. Unlike most personal response systems, Life Assist includes a personal visit from the director – Sievert herself. “I make the sure the system is properly set up and test it thoroughly,” says Sievert. “I love this job. People I visit want to offer me a cup of coffee and share their stories with me. It’s wonderful.”
Life Assist is also offered to all patients being discharged from the hospital or Skilled Nursing Facility at DCMC. “It’s an additional service we provide to be sure people have the care and safety features they need when they get home.” Installation and the first 60 days of service are free. Several types of alert systems are available, including cellular.
Even if you no longer have a landline phone system you can still receive a Personal Emergency Help System through a mobile line. Our cellular and mobile devices allow you to press your help button from anywhere, connecting you directly to the call center. Devices are GPS enabled so that the call center can pinpoint your location even if you cannot provide that information.
The Life Assist personal assistance system is available from Door County Medical Center by calling 920.746.3578.