Deaconess Hospital

Deaconess VNA Plus: In-Home Monitoring

Technology innovations to keep people living safely and independently are continually being developed and introduced. Deaconess VNA Plus offers the following in-home options:

Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service
Lifeline provides a 24-hour connection to professional responders at the push of a button. If you fall, have a medical emergency or need any type of assistance, you simply press your Personal Help Button which activates the CarePartner Communicator. A Lifeline Responder will access your personal profile, determine your needs, contact a neighbor, loved one or emergency services depending on your situation, and follow up to confirm that help has arrived.
Lifeline with AutoAlert is also available; this new option automatically places a call to the response center if a fall is detected and you are not able to push your button. This enhanced technology adds another layer of peace of mind for you and your family members. With either system, there is no equipment to buy and no long-term contracts to sign; and Deaconess VNA Plus staff will personally install the unit, test it and be available for ongoing questions and concerns.
Lifeline service is currently available in Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in Indiana; Henderson County in Kentucky; and Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson Counties in Illinois.

"I was so very pleased with the rapid response to my house...thank goodness I had sense enough to get Lifeline!"

                                                                                      - Carolyn Weng
                                                                                         Newburgh, IN


Philips Personal Medication Dispenser
Complex medication schedules can lead to mistakes: missing doses, taking incorrect amounts or taking pills at the wrong time. The Philips Personal Medication Dispenser (PMD) dispenses pre-loaded medications in easy-to-handle plastic cups at pre-programmed times; an audible message reminds you when it is time to take your medication. If you miss a dose, Philips will alert a family member or other designated responder by phone. The PMD can be filled by the customer, a family member or a Deaconess VNA Plus nurse (for an additional fee.) The PMD is leased on a monthly basis, and no long-term contract is required.
PMD service is currently available in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in Indiana.

For patients with specific chronic health conditions, Telehealth is a daily monitoring program that helps your home health nurse remotely track your vital signs and symptoms. Small devices can be set up in your home to measure your weight, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose level and blood oxygen level and transmit this data wirelessly to your nurse; the nurse can then view a status report, note if there are any significant changes and determine if adjustments to your care need to be made and your physician contacted. This process allows clinicians to detect even the smallest change in your status, which helps break the cycle of emergency care visits and hospitalizations. There is no equipment to buy; Telehealth results are sent automatically through your telephone line (toll-free), and there are no interruptions to your phone service.

Telehealth service is available to eligible patients throughout the Deaconess VNA Plus service area.

Please call 812-425-3561 or toll free, 800-326-4862 for more information about In-Home Monitoring options.