The Lifeline Program: A Real Lifesaver
The Simi Valley Hospital-based Lifeline Program
provides elderly people living at home direct access to immediate
attention if they fall or experience other medical emergencies.
The hospital and community fund the purchase cost and
maintenance of the units. The service is available for residents
of Simi Valley and Moorpark
The system works like this:
The subscriber carries a personal help button that can be
worn around the neck or on the wrist.
When an emergency occurs, the subscriber pushes the button,
activating a home communicator attached to his or her
- The subscriber's home communicator automatically dials the
Simi Valley Hospital Lifeline Service.
A telephone in the monitoring department is automatically
connected to the subscriber's home unit, enabling immediate
contact with the subscriber. There is a speaker phone feature on
the home unit in case the subscriber is unable to reach the
If the monitor is unable to reach the subscriber, he or she calls
a "responder," a friend or family member of the subscriber who
lives nearby and has been pre-selected to assist in case of
emergency. Paramedics are called, if necessary, and the
subscriber's needs are taken care of quickly and thoroughly.
Worth the Effort
The units are provided on an as-available basis, at a reduced
monthly monitoring cost to eligible senior citizens. For seniors
with income levels that exceed the qualifications, Simi Valley
Hospital provides units at a nominal fee.
Although many subscribers never actually have to use their
Lifeline equipment for emergency medical assistance, the
potential for needing the service always exists. And for those
who do need help, the service is invaluable.
In addition to rapid medical response, the Lifeline Program
provides another intangible, but invaluable, service: peace of
The program is as much a reassuring factor for the family as it
is for the individuals themselves. That is particularly so if the
family is out of the area. The families have the assurance that
their elderly parents who are living alone can get help in their
time of need.
Becoming a Lifeline Subscriber
If you are interested in the Lifeline program for yourself or a
loved one, please contact the Simi Valley Senior Center at (805)
583-6363 or download a Lifeline application. You may also
contact the Simi Valley Hospital Lifeline Office at (805)