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Iowa Provides Seniors With Free Mobile 9-1-1 Access

images-11Senior citizens aren’t always big on carrying a cell phone. For that reason, many are at a higher risk when out running errands or traveling. In case of a medical, roadside or other emergency, without a cell phone seniors are often left without a form of communication and required to rely on the help of passersby, if there are any, which can also be dangerous.

One Iowa County is taking steps to empower its senior citizens to be safe on-the-go, via a donation of 9,000 cellular phones equipped to call 9-1-1. With these free mobile phones, seniors will be able to contact emergency services in case of an unforeseen need while away from the home, or while home phone service may be out due to natural disaster.

Being active outside of the home can be a vital part of maintaining a senior’s social wellbeing. Isolation is a common side effect of aging, and giving seniors the ability to confidently go outside their home, be it to grocery shop, visit friends, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee down the street, can have a major positive impact on senior attitude and outlook.

While cell phones are one great option to help seniors feel safe outside the home, the assistance of a caregiver using a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare Online, can also be a worthy solution.

Home Care Software Helps Seniors & Caregivers Maintain Mobility
A home care system, like ClearCare Online, can be an invaluable tool for caregivers working with clients who desire time outside the home. With weekly scheduled tasks in a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, caregivers can know the plan for the day immediately upon arriving and clocking in at their client’s home.

seniors for their trips outside the home, as well as provide safe transportation and companionship. For family caregivers concerned about their loved one’s whereabouts, check-in calls from the caregiver can be logged in ClearCare Online’s home care system and readily viewed by family members in the home care software’s secure web portal.

Technology can play an important role in keeping seniors active outside of their homes. Whether it’s a cell phone equipped to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency, or a home care software or home care system like ClearCare Online helping caregivers manage transportation and companionship needs, using new tools can help seniors maintain old favorite habits!

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Derek Jones

Derek enjoys spending time with family running road races, has completed 6-half marathons, mountain biking, and anything to do with baseball or the outdoors.