Here is an excerpt from Stefanie's article:
A local nonprofit that runs a residential care home for seniors is asking Salem residents to spare a buck for its emergency call system. Willson House serves 52 low- to moderate-income residents, and its call system is one breakdown away from extinction. The system is a lifeline between residents and staffers for everything from untied shoelaces to medical emergencies.
Last year the system broke down six times, so it’s not a matter of if it will fail but when, said Executive Director Cathy Parkinson. The system’s manufacturer, 3M, stopped making replacement parts Dec. 31.
Willson House has raised $2,500 of the $75,000 it needs to replace the system, and it’s coming in one dollar at a time.
“Does $1 make a difference?” Parkinson asked. “Yes, 75,000 of them would make a great difference to our residents.”
Contributions can be made online here or mailed to United Methodist Retirement Center, 1625 Center St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.
The nonprofit has a backup call system that residents can activate from the wall in the living room or in the bathroom, but the range is limited.“If someone gets into trouble in the middle of the room, they are absolutely useless,” Parkinson said.
Instead they’ll rely on the pendants that residents wear around their necks, which used to signal pagers so attendants got the call on the go. One by one the pagers broke, and now one attendant has to wait at the computer in case an alarm sounds. Article continued here.