REFERENCES: ARM 37.40.1486
PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM (PERS)
A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is an electronic, telephonic, or mechanical system that
enables individuals at high risk of institutionalization to summon assistance in an emergency. The system
alerts medical professionals, support staff, or other designated persons to respond to a consumer's
emergency request. The consumer may also wear a portable “help” button to allow for mobility. The system
is connected to the consumer’s telephone and programmed to signal a response center once a “help”
button is activated. The response center is staffed by trained professionals. PERS services are limited to
those individuals who live alone, or who are alone for significant parts of the day and have no regular
caretaker for extended periods of time, and who would otherwise require extensive routine supervision. This
is a traditional waiver service.
The consumer must have a telephone and the monitoring device must be connected to a local emergency
response system with the capacity to activate emergency medical personnel.
Reimbursement is unavailable for buying or installing a telephone or for routine monthly telephone charges.
For reimbursement of Wanderguards, refer to Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies BSB 717.
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