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DEVICE UPDATE: A device commonly requested through the Senior Safety Program, The Freedom Alert, is no longer available. LogicMark, the company that produces the device, has discontinued the product. They tell us they are working on an improved replacement, but there is no release date for that product at this time. Our AT Consulting team has researched other alert system options and we’re confident we can help you find an adequate device for you, your loved one, or your client.

The Assistive Safety Device Distribution Service program, also known as the Senior Safety program, is designed to assist those with aging-related disabilities remain safe in their homes through the use of assistive safety devices.

Eligible North Dakota residents can receive assistive safety devices that will help increase safety and independence. If needed, equipment installation may also be provided. Because this program’s budget is limited, we have initiated a priority funding system for the applications we receive. The priority markers include income, location, and extent of need. Applicants who don’t meet the markers may have to wait longer, or may not have requests fulfilled.

Who is eligible?

Any North Dakota resident, age 60 or over, who is not living in a skilled nursing facility is eligible for this program. However, the Senior Safety program gives priority to the following:

 

  • Older individuals with the greatest economic need (low-income)
  • Older individuals at risk for institutional placement
  • Older individuals residing in rural areas

Eligible Equipment

  • Alerting Devices for Hearing Loss
  • Anti-Elopement Devices such as Wandering Alarms
  • Bed Rails
  • Caregiver Pager Systems
  • Couch Canes
  • Emergency Response Systems – for Landline Only
  • Grab Bars (stainless steel)
  • Handheld Shower Heads
  • Medication Dispensers and Reminders
  • Personal Hearing Amplifiers
  • Portable Seat Lift
  • Shower Chairs
  • Adaptive Silverware
  • Toilet Safety Frames/Rails
  • Toilet Seat Risers
  • Tub Rails
  • Tub Transfer Benches
  • Voice Amplifiers and Accessories

 

Limited options of certain devices will be specified by the program administrator.

Non-Covered Equipment

  • Items requiring monthly fees
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) including:
    • Blood pressure monitors and cuffs
    • Braces for the knee, ankle, wrist, etc.
    • Canes and accessories
    • Commodes
    • Compression wear such as Jobst stockings
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and accessories
    • Diabetic supplies such as blood glucose test strips and monitors
    • Gait and transfer belts
    • Leg lifters
    • Rehabilitation equipment such as shoulder pulleys and pedal exercisers
    • Rollators and accessories
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units and accessories
    • Walkers and accessories
    • Wheelchairs, standard and transport, and accessories
  • Low cost and easily accessible items including:
    • Can opener
    • Jar opener
    • Non-slip bathmat
    • Reacher/grabber
    • Shoe horns
    • Sock aids
    • Swivel seat cushions
  • Items unrelated to safety including:
    • Laundry carts
    • Overbed tables
    • TV amplifiers
  • Disposable items including:
    • Incontinence products
    • Rubber sheets/mattress under-pads
  • Consumable items including:
    • Hearing aid batteries
    • Hearing aid cleaners or dryers
    • Replacement batteries

Affordable Phone and Internet Service

Some types of equipment available through the Senior Safety Program require phone and/or internet service. For example, a personal emergency response system may require landline telephone service and smart anti-elopement devices require internet service.

 

If you are having difficulty paying for your phone or internet service, check out our blog post about two government programs that can help: Affordable WiFi for Low-Income Households.

 

Please note: ND Assistive does not provide assistance with paying for phone or internet service.

Apply

Apply online or send request form via one of the contact methods listed below:

 

Email
seniorsafety@ndassistive.org
Fax
701.365.6242
Mail
Attn: Senior Safety
ND Assistive
4501 Coleman Street, Suite 107
Bismarck, ND   58503

Please Note:

Funding for this program is a limited financial resource through the Older Americans Act.

Note also that this is not an entitlement program and is based on need. Preference will be given to those who fall within the priority funding areas first.

 

This project is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging, and granted through the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division.

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