In early April, Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) launched a new solution that expands access to its existing medical alert service, Lifeline.
HomeSafe Wireless System enables seniors without a home phone line to still utilize Lifeline. More than a quarter of U.S. households do not have landlines, concurrent with increasing usage of cellular phones, according to Census Bureau data.
The new HomeSafe system was introduced to address this shift and leverages a wireless communicator that connects users to Philips’ 24-hour emergency response center.
The wireless system encompasses the standard Lifeline service along with AutoAlert, a feature designed to automatically place a call for help if a fall is detected and the user isn’t able to push their emergency alert button.
“We are committed to helping seniors maintain independent, healthy lifestyles by offering round-the-clock access to help so they need to remain in their homes,” said Carlos Muchiutti, Senior Director, Global Product Management for Philips Lifeline, in a statement. “We are excited to now offer a solution that does not require a landline, providing even more seniors and their families the comfort of knowing that help will be there if they need it.”
HomeSafe uses a wireless communicator placed in the senior’s home and is equipped with an approximately 24-hour battery back-up in the event of a power outage.
Written by Alyssa Gerace