Baptist Health Corbin sponsors the Lifeline program for elderly or disabled persons who are often alone, but wish to remain independent. Lifeline is a personal emergency response system designed for home use which makes sure help is available at the touch of a button 24 hours a day.
Lifeline enables you to continue living your life the way you're most comfortable --- at home, on your own, without fear of becoming a burden to the people you love.
How Does Lifeline Work?
Lifeline subscribers wear a small, wireless "HELP" button around their necks, or their wrist. When a subscriber needs help, he or she pushes the "HELP" button. The "HELP" button triggers the home unit, attached to the telephone, which automatically dials Baptist Health Corbin's Emergency Response Center.
At the Emergency Response Center, a trained staff person will:
- immediately try to reach the subscriber over a loud speakerphone to learn what help is needed; and
- send a previously identified responder (a relative, friend or neighbor) to help. If the subscriber can't be reached by speakerphone, a responder or an emergency unit is automatically sent.
After arrival at the subscriber's home, the responder notifies the hospital by resetting the home unit. The hospital then calls to determine if additional assistance is needed, and sends the appropriate help necessary.
Where Is Lifeline Available?
Baptist Health Corbin's Lifeline program serves a 50 mile radius around the hospital, including areas in Knox, Whitley, Laurel, Bell and Clay counties.
How Much Does Lifeline Cost?
Lifeline subscribers pay a one-time installation fee of $40. This includes detailed instruction on the equipment and the use of the Personal Help button. With the help of Lifeline Central, a mock emergency signal is placed to show the subscriber how Lifeline works.
The monthly lease fee is $30. This flat fee includes 24-hour monitoring, repairs, battery changes and Personal Help button replacements as needed to maintain the equipment.
A second button for another subscriber in the same household is FREE.
Lifeline installations are done Monday through Friday. In most cases, installations can be done on the next working day after the order for service is received.
When Should the "HELP" Button Be Worn?
Baptist Health Corbin recommends that subscribers wear their "HELP" buttons at all times, whether the subscriber is inside the home or outside in the yard. Because the "HELP" button is completely waterproof, it can even be worn in the shower or bath. Just remember that the button will only work within the range of the unit.
For more information about Lifeline, a free demonstration, or to subscribe, call Baptist Health Corbin at (606) 523-8774.