Lilacs & Greensleeves: Community Partner; Philips Lifeline
Care4You is very pleased to have Philips Lifeline as our Community Partner! Thank you so very much Philips Lifeline, for your dedication to our community!
How it began
In 1972, gerontologist Andrew Dibner, Ph.D., came up with the idea for an emergency response system in answer to the question: “What would an elderly person do if he or she were alone and needed help?” Two years later, Dibner’s concept became a reality when he and his wife, sociologist Susan Dibner, established Lifeline Systems, Inc.
Dedicated to finding solutions that support the independence of older adults, the Dibners began selling Lifeline Systems. To help even more people, in the late 1970s, they began implementing their call systems in hospitals and other healthcare centers in the U.S. and Canada. Healthcare institutions rented call buttons in a pendant or wrist band style to their patients and responded to their calls.
In 1983, Lifeline went public, staying focused on evolving its technology and services. Advancements included waterproof call buttons that could be worn in the shower — one of the most likely places for a fall. They also centralized the call center to provide world-class services for everyone using Lifeline.
A perfect partnership
In 2006, Philips Lifeline was born when Royal Philips Electronics acquired Lifeline, expanding Philips’ presence in the global home healthcare market. This development also allowed Lifeline to continue to grow its market-leading service through Philips’ worldwide presence, technology, and innovation capabilities.
Since then, Lifeline call buttons have become lighter and more comfortable to wear, and the system’s performance and usefulness have rapidly progressed. By leveraging the latest wireless technology, HomeSafe and GoSafe systems allow seniors to call for help from any place in their homes or practically anywhere they travel. Lifeline’s AutoAlert, available with both our at-home and on-the-go services, features advanced automatic fall detection technology, adding another layer of protection.
Philips Lifeline has served over 7.5 million people and is the #1 medical alert device. Our passionate commitment to the Dibners’ original quest to help seniors live safe, independent lives continues as we explore new medical alert technology, at-home health solutions and population health management, while also pushing forward important initiatives, like collaborating in the AgingWell Hub, an innovative research and development program launched in 2015.
Philips Lifeline website here>
CareSage: Frail and Elderly Program
The Philips Lifeline Frail and Elderly Program (FEP) powered by CareSage is an innovative solution to managing patients safely at home. Combining trusted Lifeline technology, HomeSafe with AutoAlert, and Philips’ HealthSuite, FEP and the CareSage predictive analytics engine provide a clear view of patients in the “white space” – that critical but cloudy area upon discharge when the risk of readmission is high. Through a three-tiered approach, healthcare professionals can monitor, qualify, and assess patient risk from collected data and analysis. Implementing this comprehensive program allows you to support your patients’ needs while improving patient satisfaction, the quality of outcomes, and potentially reduce the cost of care.
Read more about this innovative program here>