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The Simi Valley Council On Aging (COA) has been sponsoring the Lifeline Program since 1984, providing response in the event of an emergency for senior citizens and eligible disabled persons. The Lifeline emergency response system is activated when a senior is alone and needs help. By pressing the button on the cord worn around the neck, a phone call is automatically made to Simi Valley Hospital. Within moments, help is dispatched to the Lifeline subscriber in need.
Simi Valley seniors with low incomes can qualify for a Lifeline unit at no cost. Those whose income exceeds the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines will be charged the modest fee of $15.00 per month.
The Lifeline Program benefits the entire community as it provides peace of mind and a sense of security for the Lifeline subscriber and more freedom, less expenses and manageable alternatives to home care for the family and/or friends who are responsible for that individual. With Lifeline, Lifeline subscribers are able to remain in their own home, delaying institutionalization, expensive hospital care, nursing homes and care centers.
For an application and more information about the Lifeline Program, please call the Senior Services Coordinator at (805) 583-6363, or stop by the Simi Valley Senior Center located at 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, California 93063.