After some debate, my
mother, who is elderly and lives alone, decided that it would be
best if she invested in a Personal Emergency Response System.
Although we both live in the same state, I donít live close enough
to get to her quickly if she had any type of an emergency. Shortly
after she had the system installed, she awoke quite early one
morning with great difficulty breathing. She called me to tell me
the problem, and I had to remind her that all she needed to do was
press her ďhelpĒ button.
We had no sooner hung-up with one another,
when she received a call from the operator at the emergency response
center. The gentleman asked for her name and address, and continued
to reassure her until the paramedics arrived. She was given oxygen
and medication and taken to the nearest hospital. Although I had a
sense of urgency, the long drive to the hospital didnít seem to be
as bad as it could have been, because I knew she had received help
quickly, and was with capable, medical professionals. She is fine
today, and we are both glad that she had a PERS installed. Itís
taken some of the pressure and intensity away from having to be a
caregiver from a distance.