At Risk for Falls? Hospital Volunteers of Venice Team with Venice Regional, Gulf Coast Medical Group on Free Trial of Lifeline Monitoring Service
The Hospital Volunteers of Venice organization, in collaboration with Venice Regional Bayfront Health and Gulf Coast Medical Group clinics, is offering 60 days of the Lifeline monitoring service at no cost to Venice area residents who are at risk for falls.
The Lifeline necklace detects sudden changes in the wearer’s position and automatically alerts first responders. Monitoring a person for falls not only contributes to the individual’s safety and peace of mind, but it also may reduce hospital readmissions.
The 60-day trial is available to patients of Venice Regional and Gulf Coast Medical Group. There is no obligation after the trial. Individuals who want to continue the service can arrange payment through a local Lifeline office. A 30-day trial is open to members of the public who subscribe to the service.
The standard Lifeline monitor is intended for use in the home. Lifeline also offers a “Go-Safe” button, a GPS-enabled device that allows the user to maintain the Lifeline service while traveling anywhere in the United States. A free trial for “Go-Safe” is not available.
Hospital volunteers provide installation and service calls at no charge. Proceeds from ongoing service contracts benefit the community through scholarships and grants supplied by the Hospital Volunteers of Venice. More than 1,000 individuals from Palmetto to Punta Gorda are using the Venice-based Lifeline program.
For more information on the Lifeline service or the free trial offer, call (941) 483-7070.
Rick Harm, a member of the Hospital Volunteers of Venice, is a volunteer service technician for the Lifeline equipment that monitors individuals at risk for falls. Lifeline equipment includes a base unit (either wireless or wired), a necklace that can sense a fall, and a bracelet for manually contacting a Lifeline operator.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Venice Regional Bayfront Health