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ERIC Number: ED313628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Personal Emergency Response Systems--Communication Technology Aids Elderly and Their Families.
Dibner, Andrew S.
Personal response systems (PRS) bring immediate help to aged and disabled persons at home at the touch of a button. The PRS user wears a tiny radio transmitter as a pendant or a bracelet and can send a telephone signal from any part of the home to a 24-hour emergency center when help is needed. This study examined research on the Lifeline system, which is the most ubiquitous PRS product in the United States at this time and which is used by approximately 200,000 people. A study of the users of Lifeline found them to be, for the most part, women in their late 70's and early 80's, although handicapped persons of all ages are on Lifeline. Most subscribers live alone while others live with disabled spouses. Emergency rates have been shown to be about one-half of an emergency per person per year, and subscriber satisfaction has been shown to be very high. PRS was found to have positive psychological effects on subscribers, with subscribers reporting an increased sense of security. Lifeline has been found to be related to decreased nursing home use and shortened hospital stay. There has been relatively rapid acceptance and dispersion of PRS as an additional home care service. Research has shown PRS to have strong anxiety-reducing effects for subscribers and their families. The resulting sense of security appears to be reflected in a lessened need for formal institutional care and formal home attendant care. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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