Freedom Alert connected to an Xlink

I was recently working with a woman who wanted her husband to be able to stay at home safely with an emergency alert system, but they only had a cellphone and could not afford another monthly fee. We decided to try a combination of the Freedom Alert with the X-Link Bluetooth Adapter.

The Freedom Alert is a no monthly fee alerting system that can call up to 4 numbers (usually friends and family members) and 911 if desired. It has a water-resistant two-way pendant with a 600-foot range. It also comes in a switch adapted model.  On its own, it only works with landlines; however, if you pair it with the XLink Bluetooth adapter, it can work with your cell phone.  Keep in mind that even though it works with a cellphone, it is only for use within the home.

To set this up:

  1. Pair up to two phones with the Xlink Bluetooth Cellular Gateway.
  2. Plug your Freedom Alert into the Xlink with a standard phone cord.
  3. Plug a standard basic analog phone into the Freedom Alert.  (This is only needed for programming, and then it is removed.)
  4. Program the phone according to the Freedom Alert directions from the Assistive Technology Services Company.
  5. Do some test calls.
Freedom alert with the Bluetooth Cellualr Gateway
Picture from www.assistivetechnologyservices.com

This Bluetooth-Freedom Alert system was set up for this family and is working well.  The husband can now stay at home safely, which gives the wife peace of mind while she runs errands.  If you would like more information on this system call us a 1-800-895-4728 or email at info@ndassistive.org. In addition, the Assistive Technology Services company was very responsive and helpful during the setup of this system.

About Author

Jeannie Krull is the Program Director for ND Assistive (formerly IPAT). She is an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, who has worked with people with disabilities of all ages since 1991.