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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Life Line

Life line....I have one now.  I've been feeling alone and vulnerable for quite some time now.  Yes I know, I have a husband, BUT, the man is quite deaf.  If he is tuned in to the streaming device for the TV he can't hear me, the doorbell, the phone...nothing.  If he is in the shower and has the hearing aids out he hears...nothing.  If he is in bed with the hearing aids out he hears ... nothing.  If he is changing a battery in the aids he hears...nothing.  Many a time I have needed him for something, called him, received no answer and knew...I was on my own.  I started thinking, what would happen if I fell, or had some kind of medical emergency and was unable to walk to him and get his attention?  I could lay on the floor bleeding for hours before he decided he wanted food or coffee and came looking for me to get it for him (he's nearly blind as well).  I could be dead by the time he got around to finding me.  I've been thinking about this for the past several years.  Finally, I called the General Hospital and asked them what kind of life line they recommend.  Yesterday a lovely lady named Ann came by (elderly lady, what a great marketing strategy) and within minutes had a home base installed, a wrist band on me (sort of like belling a cat lol) and a lock box on the back door.  No matter where I am in the house I can press the button on my wrist band and someone will speak to me through the home base..we tried it out and it even works in the basement.  If they can't get a response from me they will send EMS.  If I can talk to them I can ask for exactly what services I require.  The home base takes up very little room.  The wrist band is to be worn in the shower, in bed, everywhere and all the time...although I won't be wearing it when I go out.  I can even use it if I need assistane for my husband if he has a medical emergency.
The second life line I got was CAA for the car as neither of us is capable of changing tires or walking miles if we run out of gas.
Now if only that list would get shorter for the condo we are waiting for.

23 comments:

  1. That sounds like a fantastic thing to have and should allay some worries.

    I live alone and was thinking the other day about how, if something were to happen to me, it would be three or four days before someone sent my brother by to check on me. I can't justify something like the wrist band at age 44, but... something could happen to any of us.

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    1. It's got nothing to do with age and everything to do with circumstances. If you are alone you should have one...you can use it in the case of a medical emergency, a fire, you think someone is breaking into your house......investigate it.....you might decide it's a good idea. I doesn't have to be a wrist band, it comes in pendant style as well.

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    2. Harry, you can set up an automatic email that gets sent if you do not take action to prevent it (on a schedule of your choosing). It's called a dead man's switch. If you're good with computers, you could do that. Otherwise, I'd agree with Delores. The providers don't care what age you are. They provide a service (which you would PAY for!) so they probably don't mind having one more customer.

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  2. That does sound like a good idea. Is this service expensive? There is something similar here, but I am a bit leery that it's a gimmick. It's basically a go-between to the police, at least that's what it would be here where I live.
    I have to agree, when your husband can't (or won't) hear you, you might as well be alone.

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    1. It's not too bad...under $50 per month. Go through your local hospital and ask them what they recommend.

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  3. I still put my faith in the phone in my pocket. We'll see how long that lasts.

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    1. If you have police, fire and ambulance on speed dial I can see where that might be enough.....not too helpful if you fall in the shower or think you are having a stroke or heart attack while in bed but better than nothing.

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  4. Glad you feel safer. It should reduce your stress immeasurably. :)

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  5. Excellent technological solution to a problem.

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    1. The first time I showered with it felt odd but...I'm already used to it.

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  6. I think this sounds a very good idea.

    All the best Jan

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  7. This is a great service and I wish my mom would agree to it. My mother-in-law has one, and she finally convinced her brother, who lives alone, to get one too . . . after he had fallen and broken a hip and laid on the floor for more than twelve hours . . .

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    1. I think some folks feel like getting a life line means you are old and decrepit...nothing of the sort.

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  8. I'm glad you can have a little bit more confidence. I, for one, can never fault someone for wanting that security. I won't go into the finer details (I've explored at length that I have health issues) but there was a time when I was at work alone and basically stumbled to a nearby yogurt shop that was still open (it was about 1am) to call an ambulance. It's a memory that still haunts me, particularly if I'm alone. So, know I'm serious when I repeat: I'm glad you can feel safe.

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    1. Golly, that sounds awful. Do you have a plann in place now for when you are alone?

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  9. Excellent idea Delores, This will help you out more than you realize, even if you never need it the safety and security that it provides will make everything you do much easier. I'm happy for you.

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    1. Thanks Jimmy, I hope I never have to use it...it's just an 'insurance policy' of sorts.

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  10. Brilliant idea.
    From next week I will be alone again for a while, and really should explore similar options here.

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    1. Call you local hospital and see what they advise.

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  11. An excellent idea and now you have more peace of mind, knowing that help is available should you need it. I've thought about it, but don't think I need one yet. Probably when I get to be 70, I'll ask one of the kids to check in by phone everyday, then if I don't answer, they can either come to see if I'm ok, or send help.

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