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PERS: Personal Emergency Response System

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is an electronic device that is capable of being activated by a remote wireless device and enables individuals to secure help in an emergency. PERS electronically monitors individual’s safety in the home and provides access to emergency crisis intervention for medical or environmental emergencies through the provision of a two-way voice communication system that dials a 24-hour response or monitoring center upon activation via the individual’s home telephone line or other two way voice communication system.

A PERS device can be obtained through Medicaid or paid for out of pocket.


Funding a device through Medicaid:

Criteria:
  • Receive waiver services
  • Ages 14 or older
  • Live alone or alone for significant parts of day (2 or more hours)
Please Note: An individual may not receive PERS if he/she has a severe cognitive impairment. The individual must be alert and cognitively able to operate the device appropriately.

Reasons to obtain a PERS device through Medicaid:

  • Individual has fall risk
  • Risk for emergency when left alone
  • Individual is alone for significant periods of time

Purchasing a Device:

There is no age minimum or criteria you must meet to fund a PERS device on your own.
Reasons to purchase PERS out-of- pocket:
  • Individual has fall risk
  • Individual has a flight risk (GPS devices can track a person anywhere in US or Canada)
  • Individual is at risk for emergency