A medical alert system — often referred to as a personal emergency response system (PERS), medical emergency response system (MERS), health monitor or fall monitor — can provide increased independence for loved ones and peace of mind for family caregivers.

How do you find the one that’s best for your situation? It can be complicated. Medical alert systems have evolved far beyond a basic, wearable device (like a bracelet or pendant) with a button that triggers a call to a response center in case of emergency.

Now a medical alert device might include GPS, cellular connectivity, fall detection or prevention, in-home health and well-being monitors, activity trackers, movement sensors and more. Alert services might come with smartphones or as a feature of home security systems.

The Options program available through the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging assists older adults in maintaining independence in the community and delay the need for more costly care/services.

To be eligible an individual MUST:
√ be 60 years of age or older
√ be a Pennsylvania resident
√ be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
√ experience some degree of frailty in regard to physical and/or mental status that impacts daily functioning

In addition, the individual cannot be receiving Medical Assistance (MA) Long-term Care Services (Nursing Facility, LIFE, Home and Community Based Waivers) or Act 150.

Care Management Activities may include a trained staff that will coordinate available resources in the community.

Options Services:
• Non-Congregate/In-Home Meal Service
• Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)
• Personal Care Services
• Medication Management

Personal Care services can include some light housekeeping tasks, laundry assistance and grocery shopping. Personal Care MUST BE completed before any cleaning services can be provided, This is a program requirement.

To be eligible:
Qualifying income limits are updated each year.
Total combined resources must be below $50,000.