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Senior Health Department

Phone: 703.558.6859

Fax: 703.558.2456


Personal Emergency Response System

Enjoy Peace of Mind

The Senior Health Department at Virginia Hospital Center is committed to helping older adults live safely and independently in their home. The Lifeline Medical Alert System is a service the hospital offers to help individuals receive immediate assistance in the event of an emergency. Lifeline provides peace of mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a local program provider since 1991, VHC hospital staff provides hands-on assistance with set-up and maintenance of the Lifeline unit. We are available to answer any questions and provide all support that is needed. Contact us to learn more and discuss your options.

Why Virginia Hospital Center and Lifeline?

“Thanks for the almost six years of excellent service. The Lifeline system worked very well for both of my parents and it was successfully used on multiple occasions.”

- Michael, son of Lifeline subscribers

  • Virginia Hospital Center has been nationally recognized for providing unparalleled service to the Metro Region.
  • Virginia Hospital Center is the only hospital in the metro region that offers the Lifeline service to patients upon discharge as part of the Safe Transition for Hospital Patients (STHP) program.
  • Virginia Hospital Center Senior Health Department staff will help you maintain your Lifeline service with one-to-one assistance.
  • Virginia Hospital Center continues to be a leader in healthy aging in the community

More Reasons to Consider Lifeline

“Get one, especially if you are living alone.”

- Gloria, Lifeline subscriber

Help is Available 24-hours a Day

Several options are available to fit your needs.  In-home units can be connected to a landline or operate wirelessly. Mobile buttons are also available. With the push of a button, a call to Lifeline’s monitoring center is placed. Your Lifeline operator will contact a designated friend, family member, or contact your local 911. Help is available 24 hours a day. 

Auto Alert Fall Detection Service

Falls affect more Americans age 65 and older than heart attack and stroke combined. One in three older adults fall each year, resulting in fatal and non-fatal injuries. Fall prevention programs, such as exercise programs and fall-risk assessments, can reduce the risk of falling and help older adults live longer and more independently. Not all falls can be prevented, however, about half of older adults who fall cannot get back up without help.

In 2010, Lifeline introduced the patented fall detection service: AutoAlert. Along with the same functionality of their standard service, the AutoAlert provides a fall detection technology built within the Personal Help Button (PHB) and supports earlier intervention. The Lifeline with Auto Alert has proven fall detection built in, and places a call for help if a fall is detected, even if you are unable to push the button.

On the Go Mobile Help Button

Virginia Hospital Center is delighted to offer the On the Go mobile help button. On the Go works anywhere in the United States and has two-way communication, locating technology, and fall detection. It is perfect for individuals who want both independence and peace of mind knowing they can get help at the push of a button.

The features and technology behind Lifeline’s On the Go Mobile service.

Safe Transition for Hospital Patients (STHP)

We recognize the transition from hospital to home is a critical time. The Senior Health Dept. will set up the Lifeline service at no cost for two months for patients who want the service upon discharge from Virginia Hospital Center. If you are a patient and want Lifeline, talk with your Case Manager or contact Senior Health at 703.558.6859

Virginia Hospital Center's Lifeline Assistance Fund

For individuals with limited income, the Lifeline Assistance Fund is available through Virginia Hospital Center’s Foundation. Individuals with limited financial resources are able to apply to the fund. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please follow the instructions to complete and submit the application.

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Since implementing the Lifeline Assistance Fund in 2009, we have supported more than 60 people annually in the Northern Virginia Metro Region. Every tax-deductible contribution to the fund, regardless of size, makes a difference. We would like to grow the fund and greatly appreciate all donations.

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