ADT's Companion Services Solution Helps Seniors Stay Safe and Save Money

Pinellas County Business Provides Nationwide Distribution and Operations Support for Life-Saving Product

PALM HARBOR, Fla. , Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- During these tough economic times, everybody is looking for ways to save money, especially seniors who are on fixed incomes. According to experts, one way seniors can save is to use a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) like ADT's Companion Services(R).



Companion Services is designed for those who want 24-hour monitored protection in the event of a fall or other emergency. It is an affordable and user-friendly solution that provides independent seniors and others who may have limited physical mobility with 24/7 access to specially-trained professionals.

"Companion Services helps seniors feel safe so they can remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes," said Anndee Soderberg , ADT marketing manager. "Families and friends can rest assured knowing help is just a button push away when a senior needs assistance."

The two-way intercom unit allows the senior to speak directly with an ADT professional in a dedicated monitoring center, operating around the clock. The unit incorporates a highly sensitive microphone, providing communication from almost any room in virtually any home. Also, there's a personal help button, worn as a necklace or wristband. The waterproof button is designed to be used 24/7 so that help can be accessed from anywhere in the house, including the bathroom, where many falls occur.

The national distribution center for ADT's Companion Service product is located in Palm Harbor at 32100 U.S. Highway 19 North. At the facility, employees package and ship the product to customers and sales representatives throughout the United States .

ADT professionals are specially trained to cater to the needs of seniors and to understand the physical challenges they face. As part of their sensitivity training, employees don cardboard glasses to simulate what it's like to have glaucoma and they wear heavy work gloves to experience the difficulties of arthritis. They also learn to talk slower, louder and calmer on the phone.

According to the 2008 AARP Healthy@Home survey, more than 80 percent of seniors and caregivers believe that home safety devices would enable them to feel safer and have more peace of mind.

"Although I didn't think I needed it, my daughter-in-law insisted. She even offered to pay for it," said St. Petersburg resident Mona Feld . "Once I knew how much it meant to them that I have this security, I got it and I'm very happy."

Call 1- 800-ADT -1422 to request a free "Guide to Independent Living" and get more details about ADT Companion Services. AARP members can enjoy special savings with 50 percent off installation and $2 off monthly monitoring. Additionally, access for more information.

About ADT Security Services:

ADT Security Services is a unit of Tyco International and part of ADT Worldwide, the world's largest security provider. In North America , ADT provides electronic security services to nearly five million commercial, government and residential customers. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, video systems, access control, critical condition monitoring, home health services, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT's government and commercial customers include a majority of the nation's Fortune 500 companies, all U.S. federal courthouses and over 70 mid to large airports. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida , ADT has more than 24,000 employees at approximately 240 locations in the U.S. and Canada . More ADT information is at

SOURCE ADT Security Services