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Blink Vigilance brings safety to the Elderly

Port of Spain, Trinidad - On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons and the day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The International Day of Older Persons is used to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly and to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

In observance of this day and for the safety needs of the elderly, Blink Vigilance has introduced a home medi-response service, developed to keep the elderly within easy reach of emergency help. Building on Blink Vigilance’s proven home alarm monitoring service, Medi-Response uses an electronic medical wristband or medical pendant worn by the customer in the comfort of their home. If they are in need of emergency help and cannot get to a phone, a button on the wristband and necklace sends a signal via the home alarm panel to the Blink Vigilance Control Center to Blink Vigilance’s 24/7 Alarm Monitoring Centre where an ambulance and next of kin are contacted.

“This home emergency system is not only for senior citizens, but also for the otherwise physically challenged,” said Darryl Duke Head of Blink Vigilance. Duke explained that the response process involves service representatives calling the customer to verify if assistance is needed. If the client cannot be contacted text messages will be sent to pre-determined relatives or caregivers alerting them that the customer is non-responsive . The Blink Vigilance Alarm Monitoring Centre will also contact an ambulance service. “The service is designed to help senior citizens who have chosen to have independent lives or who may spend significant periods of time on their own, by providing a safety net against any unpredictable unfortunate circumstances”

Mrs. Rajwatti Bhaggan-Wegner, Chairperson of the TTARP’s National Issues Committee noted that such a home medical solution in Trinidad and Tobago is something TTARP long considered a necessity. She recalls a system existing in Denmark where senior citizens had the means to constantly alert authorities as to their wellness in case of emergencies. “This is a real challenge for elderly persons and a system that does not force them to have to remember a phone number of physically dial anyone is good news and I believe TTARP members will be interested.”

As head of the National Issues Committee for TTARP Mrs., Bhaggan-Wegner crusades for the interests of retirees. “Retirees face a variety of cost of living issues. From not yet receiving enhanced pensions to not having pensions automatically indexed so that older retirees can automatically receive enhanced new benefits when these are introduced.” She said there were also issues with the choice of drugs available under CDAP and TTARP’s wish for optical and dental benefits to be included in CDAP. Bhaggan-Wegner lamented the fact that after working all of their lives, in retirement TTARP still had to be pushing so hard for basic benefits for elderly retirees.

Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired People Andre Walker, said the Blink Vigilance Medi-response service is an attractive proposition especially with the issue of crime and the need for senior citizens to have a safety mechanism available to them, in times when they are home alone, or physically challenged. “This product can be a useful tool to those senior citizens at risk, or may be ailing with heart disease, and diabetes, and is a good thing for the aged. I have had instances in the past when there was no help around as I was in medical distress at my home, and maybe, with this new equipment, my life can become a bit easier, as I grow older,” Walker said.Walker said, even in instances when the alarm is triggered and one’s cellular phone has discharged or is out of reach , the product can be a valuable utility.