The old fart’s top news story of today is about the sudden surge of demand for daily call services, also known as reassurance call services. As people all over the globe self isolate and struggle to maintain social distancing, the need for a safe, reliable way to insure that loved ones are okay has increased exponentially. Normally reserved for older folks who live alone and their loved ones, the Coronavirus threat has caused daily call services to see a huge demand by people of all ages who are now isolated from their supports.
Now their phones are ringing off the hook, as the public and health agencies scramble for a quick, easy and very affordable way to check on vulnerable people without putting themselves, the person or personnel at risk. Wellness call services are a perfect solution because they require no special equipment, take only a few minutes to set up, begin the next day, and provide the agencies with 24/7 online control of call days, times, and who to contact if calls go unanswered.
The primary differences between reassurance call services and personal emergency response systems (PERS) that summon help, are price – daily call services generally cost far less a month, and and that call services do not require anyone to wear or activate anything in order to summon help. This can be critical for someone who forgot to wear their call device, those unconscious, trapped, or otherwise or unable to move or call out.
However, there are only a few daily call providers (less than a half dozen in all of Canada that I could find), and they all have a limited capacity, so I reckon that if someone is interested in using one, I suggest that they better sign up quickly! To this old fart, daily call services just make a whole lot of sense during these trying times, especially for those needing to check on vulnerable people. They’re a great way to reduce stress, worry, and maintain safe social distancing, so I strongly suspect reassurance calls services are going to be ‘trending’ in very short order.
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