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Beverly Kubala, Founder of Geriatric Care Managers of Western New York

Not sure what to look for when choosing a personal emergency response system?

The AARP has an extensive check list of considerations including:

1. How functionality meets your needs

2. Type of equipment available

3. Response and monitoring

4. Cost considerations

5. How to find a reputable company  

AARP's full list is here.


Keeping Older Loved Ones Safe At Home

Most of us want to be able to stay in our own homes for as long as possible as we age. Many seniors who live alone, as well as their loved ones, still worry about issues that might come up when no one is around to help them. Fortunately, there are some ways to ensure peace of mind for all by considering the use of technology and assistive devices.

Below are some things to consider that may allow your loved one to remain independent.

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) allows your loved one to call for help in an emergency with the push of a button. Typically a lightweight device programmed to an emergency number, a PERS can provide peace of mind and a direct line to emergency services whenever necessary.  These devices can be rented or purchased but are not usually covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, although some hospitals and social services agencies may offer some financial assistance or subsidy. 

Assistive devices help a person do something that they might not otherwise be able to do well, or at all. This typically includes things that help people overcome a handicap like mobility, vision, mental, dexterity or hearing loss. If you are worried about your loved one's ability in any of these areas consider working with them and their doctor to equipped he or she with a cane, walker, hearing aid or other device that may make them safer and more able to handle independent living. 

Security Systems can help remove the fear of an intruder  and bring some comfort knowing that your loved one's home is connected to emergency services if necessary. 

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Geriatric Care Managers of Western New York was founded to guide families through the myriad of issues that must be addressed as loved ones age and as health care needs increase.  Have a question or set up an appointment? Contact us at

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