PARMA, Ohio - The city of Parma will provide medical emergency alert systems at no cost to 86 seniors.
Income-eligible senior citizens will receive the mobile device, which they can wear around their neck and, with one touch, alert authorities of a medical emergency.
Parma City Council approved the three-year contract with Connect America to provide the systems to their residents with money from its federally-funded Community Development Block Grant program.
"The GPS technology in the new device will give our seniors that much -needed added peace of mind knowing that they have immediate access to a live voice and emergency services anywhere they go," said Mayor Tim DeGeeter. "And while the initial goal of this program was to keep seniors safe at home while living independently, this new technology could actually allow us to rename the program ‘Safe at Home and on the Go.'"
Other Parma residents are eligible for a discount through the company; interested parties should call the Community Development Department at (216) 661-7372.