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Seniors Safe at Home with Little Device

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

March 27, 2007

For family members of senior citizens, it's sometimes difficult to have peace of mind knowing your loved one is at home alone. In Nelson County, one group is helping to change that by putting a small device in seniors' homes.

“If I fall or something and I can't get up, I'll probably need it real bad,” said Gladys Mickens about her Personal Emergency Dialer or PED.

It’s very small and you wear it around your neck, but for Gladys Mickens and seniors who use it, it means much more. She can stay at home knowing she's safe.

“So you might need this because all my aches and pains come out,” said Mickens.

It's called a Personal Emergency Dialer. If Gladys were ever in an emergency situation, she could press the button, and it would immediately alert the police and her family members.

“I lay it on my table mostly at night when I feel bad,” said Mickens.

In Nelson County on Tuesday, officials and seniors celebrated the installation of the hundredth PED. The first PED was installed in 1999, but cost a monthly fee many seniors couldn’t afford.

“The majority of our seniors today, in the 70s, 80s and 90s, didn't make a lot of money, so they couldn't afford it,” said Constance Henderson, of TRIAD.

Now a PED is one flat rate of $60, making a little peace of mind a lot cheaper.

If you're interested in receiving or giving a PED, call 434-263-7014.

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