Fall Detection Device

Caregiver? Let me help you to help them!

April 13, 2021

Subject: Caregiver?
Let me help you to help them!

Hey, friends and family!

Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau MO: Senior Safety

I hope you’re doing well! Many of you know this, but nine years ago, I started my own business in the Personal Emergency Response (PERS) industry. As crazy as it sounds, I LOVE WHAT I DO! I get excited to know that I can help our subscribers (AND their families) to have peace of mind that they can maintain their safety and independence! But I also know that the reality is that most people do not realize how beneficial these devices are. Many caregivers feel overwhelmed with the fear of an aging, or ill, loved one living alone or potentially falling. Additionally, most people get anxious about having to deal with this very overwhelming (but important!) part of their lives. That’s exactly why I started my business.

I love being able to do what I love (working with families) to help people with something they don’t love (navigating the aging process). If you, or anyone you know, needs help to get a medic alert system in place, I’d be thrilled to help! I can help to determine what equipment best suits their particular need, answer any questions, establish service, and get them protected, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. And you can relax knowing you’ll get the most reliable, dependable, and affordable PERS system possible.


You can learn more about my business at my website: AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com or feel free to call me at 573-334-7233 to answer any questions that you might have.



Our mission is to provide a medical alarm service to the elderly and ill that will enable them to remain independent in their own homes. Oftentimes, we can complete the order process in a few minutes. Once that order process is complete, the service to protect the ones whom you love and care for can be in place within a matter of hours or days.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement on this journey. I hope that you think of me when you hear of someone who is dealing with an aging, or ill, loved one or who might be seeking a medical alarm device.

I hope to hear from you soon! Please share my information with anyone that you feel might benefit from my service or that you may be concerned about. It’s a great Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Idea!

With warm regards –

Linda Bass, owner

p.s. Send us your email to linda@334safe.com to receive your copy of our monthly newsletter!


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566



Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Senior Falls

Falls Revisited in Community Living – By Les Tainter


Statistics: How the Numbers Add Up

  • Recent studies suggest that 29% of adults over the age of 65 will fall at least once annually.
  • 10% of these “falling seniors” will fall at least twice annually.
  • After a fall, 25% of older adults will restrict their activity for at least a day or seek medical attention.
  • More serious injuries such as fractures, joint dislocations, sprains or strains, and concussions occur in approximately 10% of falls.
  • Rhabdomyolysis, (a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue) can develop in people who are unable to get up after a fall and remain “down” for a long period of time.
  • 47% of senior adults who fall must have help from another person to get up.
  • After the fall occurs, a fear of falling again develops in 21-39% who previously had no such fear. Senior adults who fear falling again may restrict their activity and therefore will have a reduced quality of life.


The “Why” of Falls

Most falls result from a combination of intrinsic risks (such as balance impairment) and extrinsic risks (such as a trip or slip). Deficits in gait and balance are the greatest intrinsic factors. Medications, (including over-the-counter drugs), Alcohol, Visual problems, and impairments of cognition and mood remain among the top causes of falls.



Annual screening is recommended for all seniors in community-based living. This is important because seniors do not volunteer information about a previous fall. Screening questions should include information about the number of falls during the past year, as well as whether or not a fear of falling has limited their daily activity.

The Mayo Clinic has developed a very simple fall risk evaluation. Place the test subject in a chair with a mark 10 feet in front of the chair. On command, the subject will rise, go to the mark, and return to a seated position. If the subject completes the task in less than 10 seconds they are considered “normal” for fall risk. 10-20 seconds places the subject in a “moderate risk” for falls and greater than 20 seconds places them in a “high risk” category for falls.

Exercise should be encouraged in all seniors if they can. Those seniors who participated in fall prevention exercises were found to reduce their risk of falling by 23% as compared to a control group that did not exercise. Other studies show that exercise may reduce the number of falls resulting in fractures by as much as 27%.

Tai chi has been proven to be effective in reducing fall rates by as much as 19% when participants used tai chi 1-3 times per week for at least 13 -48 weeks.

Surprisingly, walking is included in many exercise programs but on its own has not been shown to prevent falls.


Assessment of gait, strength, and balance is an important early step in fall evaluation. A thorough medication review is also highly recommended. Medications which cause sedation, confusion, or orthostatic hypotension, (a sudden drop of blood pressure when standing) are leading causes. Eye exams are recommended every 1-2 years for adults over 65 years old. Evaluation of cognition and mood are needed to assess fall risk in seniors. Bone density studies are recommended especially for women over the age of 65. Osteoporosis is a major contributing factor to fall which results in hip or other fractures.

Overall, the senior adults in community-based living are at no more of a risk for falls than those that still live at home. They do have a support structure that, if evaluation, assessment, and preventative exercise are properly used can significantly reduce the risk or falling as well as breaking the cycle of fall-fear falling- fall again. This fear of falling cycle can greatly reduce the quality of life and can also make the risk of falling even greater than before. Proper exercise which focuses on increasing strength, balance, and range of motion can be a major force in reducing falls. It should be the focus of all senior living communities to keep seniors “upright” and enjoying these “Golden Years” of their life with as much smiling, love, and happiness as can be humanly possible.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Senior Care Spotlight

Senior Care Spotlight: 360 Quality Care + Transport Services

360 Quality Care + Transport Services is, as its name suggests, more than just a transport company.

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Senior Care Spotlight

“We provide the ultimate in first-class specialty transportation services for those living with mobility challenges”, says Steve Newman, the company’s co-owner. Steve and his wife Debbie started 360 just over four years ago after researching the availability and service standards of senior care transport services in the St. Louis area. “We received feedback from home care agencies, hospital case managers, social workers, senior living admissions managers, and a host of local individuals and families”, Steve said “And all of them told us horror stories. At the time, my wife had been providing care and companionship services to seniors for almost twenty years and every one of her clients absolutely loved her. She had built a thriving business based entirely on referrals, and all because her of her amazing ability to care about, and for, others. Honestly, anyone who knows Debbie will tell you she is the most caring and giving person they’ve ever met”. Steve added, “So we decided to take the plunge into starting our own business with the goal of raising the bar on transport options for the mobility challenged”. Today, the company has a fleet of fourteen ADA-compliant vehicles and has completed over 27,000 transports. “The greatest testament to the work we’ve done over the last four years is the amount of testimonial phone calls and emails we receive each week. We certainly haven’t completed our mission, but it’s a great feeling to know and hear so frequently that we have succeeded in raising the bar for so many”.













Passenger Service – the 360 “secret sauce”

360 Care + Transport’s service includes door-thru-door or bedside to bedside wheelchair, ambulatory or stretcher transportation. “Most transport companies only focus on curb to curb service and they fit multiple people into their vehicles at one time,” said Steve. “That requires them to pick-up and drop-off using a pre-assigned route structure that might take an hour or more for patients to get to their medical appointments, then another hour or two to get back home. And in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, they might be waiting outside for a long time before their ride would even arrive. It’s just not a good system, especially for those who are already vulnerable or not feeling well. So we designed our service to be one patient at a time. We’ll go into the home, or up to the hospital room with our own wheelchair. We’ll assist the patient and family in transferring the patient to the wheelchair, then we’ll gently move them out of their room or home and secure them carefully into the back of our van using a four-cornered restraint system that also includes a lap belt and shoulder harness. Our drivers are all hired for their caring and compassionate backgrounds and once the patient is comfortable in our van, we get the opportunity to get to know them a little bit.” Seventy-five percent of 360’s patients are repeat customers so they get to know both the patients and their families. “Our patients often become an extension of our own families,” says Steve, “We’ve been transporting many of them for several years on a very regular basis and it’s wonderful to have conversations with them about their children, where they used to live, the cars they drove, and the work they did”.


Smooth riding, ADA compliant vehicles that are ripe for conversation

While conversation is important, another key component of 360’s success is the vehicles they use. “All of our vehicles were purchased new and are now no more than four years old. They are all clean, well maintained, and sanitized after every transport. But it’s not just the appearance of our vans, it’s the practicality and suitability of them to provide the difference we want to make that makes them such a good fit for us. We utilize a fleet of Dodge Grand Caravan’s or Toyota Sienna’s, so all our vehicles are all mini-vans. With a rear-entry, fold-down ramp, we mitigate problems with cranky or jumpy hydraulic lifts especially in the winter when snow and salt can wreak havoc with the lifts that some of our competitors use. Any of the wheelchair-accessible conversion firms will tell you that the most common equipment breakdown is the hydraulic lift, so we immediately eliminated that problem with our vans”. Once inside the 360 vans, patients are secured in what before the conversion, would have been the middle row seat. “Our passengers get to sit close to us, just like our own families do when they travel with us. And being mini-vans, they ride comfortably and they are quiet, so our drivers can hear our passengers and they can hear us.” Steve goes on to say, “When we first looked into buying wheelchair accessible vehicles, we looked at the big delivery trucks but aside from the hydraulic lift, we also didn’t like the fact that the patient would ride all the way in the back and was about ten feet away from the driver. We always wanted to have conversations with our passengers and we knew that as far back as they were in those vehicles, they wouldn’t be able to hear us. So we went the minivan route instead, and we’ve never regretted it”.


Caring and Compassionate drivers – the heartbeat behind every 360 ride

360’s drivers undergo a rigorous hiring process. Most are former caregivers or former service professionals with experience in customer service and/or compassionate care. Steve says, “Since Covid, we’ve taken a close look at other struggling industries to see where we might be able to offer some help. For example, the hospitality industry and the foodservice industry have been decimated by Covid. Thousands of quality individuals, who have been trained at high customer service levels, have lost their jobs and can be excellent driver candidates. In addition, while many of our drivers have previously worked in-home care or at skilled nursing facilities, we also provide a great fit for retired or semi-retired professionals who are bored sitting at home, love and miss the daily interaction of the workplace, enjoy the role of being a communicator and making a difference in people’s lives, and can use the additional income. It’s the perfect part-time or full-time role for people who have a history of being reliable, caring, and compassionate”. Steve’s wife, Debbie, goes a step further, “Our drivers are the heartbeat and the face of our company and we empower them to always ‘do the right thing’ for every passenger we transport. As a result, they are proven difference makers who have the authority to make real-time decisions to make and keep our passengers and their families happy”.


The million-dollar difference – Employees, automation, and “Live” real-time dispatching

While quality service is paramount, so too is 360’s commitment to technology. Whereas many wheelchair transport services operate using just a “pen and a sheet of paper”, 360 drivers utilize a state-of-the-art driving app that, in addition to assigning their next transport, also scores their driving performance. Drivers earn bonuses for safe driving habits and overall driving performance, as well as for testimonials the company receives. In addition, the dispatching application shows 360’s dispatchers exactly where each vehicle is throughout the region in real-time. This allows them to dispatch “on the fly” and adjust schedules promptly to accommodate doctor’s appointments that might be running late, or hospital discharges that need immediate transport home or to rehab. Steve adds, “The fact that our drivers are employees is also very important. Unlike independent contractors who are paid by each transport leg, 360 drivers are paid by the hour. So when a driver is sitting in a lot waiting for a patient to finish their appointment, our drivers are still getting paid, and because they are being paid, we can re-assign them “on the fly” to another pick-up point quickly in order to keep our schedule on track. Contractors who are paid by the transport leg don’t want to give up a transport, so if one leg is delayed, then every ride thereafter also gets delayed, and further delays continue to add up throughout the day. It’s kind of like an airplane – when one plane is delayed early in the day, then everything after is impacted. With our system, we can adjust on the fly, in order to keep the rest of our schedule on-time.” As a result, almost 99% of 360 Care + Transport’s pick-up times operate within 15 minutes of their scheduled pick-up time – including return trips from doctor appointments.

360 Care + Transport has truly raised the bar by bringing to market a unique blend of healthcare and good old-fashioned Midwestern hospitality. For yours, or your family’s next wheelchair, ambulatory assisted, or stretcher transport, contact 360 Care + Transport at 636-735-3860 or visit their website at www.360careandtransport.com

Guest Article contributed by:  Steve Newman, Owner

If you are no longer mobile and are seeking service providers to assist with your transport needs, it may be time to consider a medic alert, as well. These systems can provide peace of mind to you, and/or your family, that you are never alone and can get help for any reason — even if you cannot speak! Regardless of your age, or medical condition, a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) can enable you to maintain your independence and home safety at the push of a button!

You are NEVER Alone and can get HELP any day, time, or reason — Around the Clock!


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Aging In Place

What’s Your “Hot Button?”

  • Do you “LIVE ALONE?”
  • Do you have “HEALTH CONDITIONS” that could require immediate medical attention?
  • Is it important to you to continue to “LIVE INDEPENDENTLY?”
  • Are you a “FALL RISK?”
  • Do you, or your family, worry about your “SAFETY?”

If you are like most people, you want to remain in your own home for as long as possible.  This is especially true if you become widowed, have health concerns, or are prone to fall. The fear of not being able to get help in an emergent situation is real.

Living Alone Can Be Scary.  If you cannot get to a phone to call for help, or are inside your home with all the doors and windows closed, you may not be able to get the help you need in an emergency.

Having a Health Condition, such as heart disease, epilepsy, diabetes, etc. can mean that you need immediate medical attention IF/WHEN an emergency happens.  The ability to do so can be the difference in life and death!

It Is Human Nature to Want to Be Independent.  However, if you live alone or have health issues, you may fear that you cannot continue to do so.

Falling or the “Fear of Falling” is Real!  We have all heard stories of someone falling and laying there for hours or days.  Unfortunately, when this event happens, many are not able to stay home, because their health is compromised, or their families say “that won’t happen again….”  Many times the person finds themselves in a hospital/rehab setting for quite some time following the event and are placed in Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facilities following this situation.  Although a medic alert device will not prevent a fall, or other emergent health event, it will allow the subscriber to get help if/when it happens to them.  This prevents them from becoming the statistic we have just described above.

Our Home Safety is Paramount.  Not only is it the human desire to remain independent, but to do so SAFELY is just as important.  

As we age, we become less agile.  Additionally, our health may deteriorate and we pray for the best, but fear the worst.  

If any of these “problems” are a concern to you, or your family, a medical alarm system might be the “peace of mind” that you are looking to find. Although a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) CANNOT PREVENT AN EMERGENCY,  IT CAN GET HELP — Even IF you cannot speak!


  2. Have Health Condition(s)?  KEEP CALM AND PUSH BUTTON!
  3. Is Living Independently Important to you?  KEEP CALM AND PUSH BUTTON!
  4. Falling or “Fear of Falling?”  KEEP CALM AND PUSH BUTTON!
  5. Concerned for Your Home Safety?  KEEP CALM AND PUSH BUTTON!

Around the Clock Medical Alarms will allow you to get HELP — at the push of a button. Our EMD Certified Response Center is available Any Day, Any Time, for Any Reason. Have peace of mind that you can be Safe AND Independent — Around the Clock.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Senior Care Spotlight: Care Management, Advocacy, and Support

Care Choice Care Management

“Our commitment is that everyone we serve experiences concierge-level care and attention.”


About Us:

Our team of experienced professionals can assist you in answering all of your questions and be your advocate as you navigate the healthcare, mental health, or legal maze for yourself or a loved one. Our team consists of Social Workers, Gerontologists, Nurses and professionals who each have 20+ years of experience. Care Choice Care Management provides care coordination through Care Management.


What is Care Management:

Care Choice helps families through challenging times, negotiates conflict, coordinates benefits, recommends services, advocates for those in the hospital and long-term care communities, and provides ongoing or short-term support for those we help. We will customize a plan that meets your needs. Care Choice provides a FREE information visit or call for anyone about our services and what makes us different and unique.


Here are some questions to ask yourself, and if you are struggling you may benefit from hiring a Care Manager:

● Are you overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for your spouse or parents?
● Do you or someone you know need an advocate in navigating the health care, mental health, and/or legal system?
● Is your family in conflict and need an objective professional to facilitate communication amongst family members while providing 24-hour care for your loved one?
● Have you been assigned as Trustee, Legal Guardian, Conservator, and/or Durable Power of Attorney for someone, but have no idea how to meet their day-to-day needs — such as getting them to take their medications, attend medical appointments, take care of personal hygiene needs, pay bills, grocery shopping, housekeeping/laundry, and prepare meals?
● Are you worried you’re taking too much time off work and need someone to attend your loved one’s medical appointments to ask questions, advocate, provide transportation, drop off/pick up any prescriptions, schedule any tests/appointments with specialists, and/or provide a summary of the visit?
● Would you like to have an experienced professional provide a thorough assessment followed by a detailed written Care Plan of you and/or loved one and then have them be available on an ongoing or PRN basis to assist with any needs that arise while aging in place at home or in a community?


Why We Started Care Choice:

There is a void in society and in health care of quality customer service. Our goal is to provide that level of care and support that all deserve. Health care is often fast-paced and so often things are missed, fall through the cracks, or are just forgotten. We strive to not allow those things to happen to you or your loved one. Care Choice was founded on these principles by Maria and Steve Miskovic. Both have been social workers for over 25 years and worked in various capacities at hospitals, rehab facilities, non-profits, dementia care, and case management. We have grown our team over the last 9 years to be able to support anyone at any point in their life journey, whether 18 or 108! We recognize that growing older (or living with an illness) is not easy, but it does not have to be done alone. Our commitment is that everyone we serve experiences concierge-level care and attention.


Please find us online at www.carechoicestl.com, call at 636-288-1764, or email us at info@carechoicestl.com

  Guest Article contributed by

Steve Miskovic, MSW, LCSW, CMC




As you try to navigate the overwhelming choices of services available for yourself, or an aging loved one, a care manager can assist to determine and establish the service(s) you need. Their expertise and knowledge can make life a lot easier!

At the point that you are trying to manage care (and find service providers to help), please consider a medic alert system as well.

You are NEVER Alone and can get HELP any day, time, or reason — Around the Clock!


  If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566


National Pie Day: January 23, 2021

Two weeks ago, I went to visit one of our clients who is a farmer. Harlan, has cows, sheep, barn cats, and a beagle-mixed (aka “mutt”) female dog named “Buddy” that he tends to daily.
While there, I noticed that he had a Wal-Mart sack of cracked pecans — that he was eating as fast as he could shell. I sat there and visited and we managed to get them all picked from the shell. When we finished, he asked if I knew how to make a pecan pie. “Of course,” I replied. He asked if he could send enough nuts for me to make 20 pies — to which I stated that I’d be happy to make two…. A few days later I dropped off two pies that were from the nuts we shelled together.
On January 23, 2021, appropriately enough, Harlan called and I asked him how he liked the pies. In the fashion of a two-year-old kid (instead of an 88-year-old man) he enthusiastically replied, “They were gooder than good!” What an awesome slice of humble pie!!!! This totally made my day…!

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Our Story…

An emergency can happen to anyone at any time!

If you’re loved one is unable to reach a phone, it could be hours or days before needed attention is received.


With a medical alert system, police, fire, and emergency personnel, as well as, their friends and family are just the push of a button away.


OUR MISSION is to provide a medical alarm service to the elderly and/or ill that will enable them to remain independent in their homes — as safely as possible. “Because Emergencies Never Make Appointments!”

To care for those who once cared for us is one of life’s highest honors! If you are a caregiver for a loved one who lives alone or is showing signs of decline, let us help you to help them to be safe with a #MedicAlert from AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO:

Around the Clock Medical Alarms Receives BBB TORCH Award

Cape Girardeau, Mo., January 11, 2021–
Around the Clock Medical Alarms is a 2020 Better Business Bureau (BBB) TORCH Award winner for BBB Serving Eastern & Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois.

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO:

TORCH Awards honor businesses that exemplify high ethics in their treatment of customers, employees, and suppliers. Three businesses are receiving TORCH Awards in 2020.

“BBB TORCH Awards recognize companies that are committed to exceptional standards and high ethics,” said Whitney Quick, BBB Cape Girardeau Regional Director. “These organizations have truly joined BBB’s mission of advancing marketplace trust in an exemplary way, and they are role models for other businesses in the community.”

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is a nationwide company providing push-button medical alarms to older adults and people with medical conditions. In its eight years in business, it has served thousands of consumers all across the U.S.
The business’ mission, owner Linda Bass says, is “to empower our customers to be able to safely maintain their independence for as long as possible.” She adds: “Our customers become extended family that we are blessed to have.”

If you (or someone you love) are appropriate for a medic alert system, call Around the Clock Medical Alarms at (877) 449-5566 or visit them online: www.AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com

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If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, Les and Linda were honored to volunteer for the National Wreaths Across America Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

The event places veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of American Heroes. 

It was an honor and privilege to thank those who sacrificed and served for our freedom. 

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Wreaths Across America Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Wreaths Across America








Around the Clock Medical Alarms is honored to serve wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses to stay safe in their homes by providing a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) that can be paid for through the little-known VA Aid and Attendance Pension.  This system can provide an extension to home care, by bringing peace of mind that our aging heroes are never alone — and that they can get help any day, any time, any reason — even if they cannot speak!  

This Department of Veterans Affairs pension (VA Non-Service Connected Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit) provides personal care services through home care to veterans and/or surviving spouses, so they can remain in their own home, which is where they want to be.  Subsequently, it can also be used to pay for assisted living, if, and/or when, they are no longer able to maintain their independence in their own homes.  

Call 877-449-5566 or visit online for questions regarding the Aid and Attendance Pension and/or “life alert” type system provided through Around the Clock Medical Alarms.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Senior Care Spotlight

Senior Care Spotlight: Loved One Need Home Care?

Merit Home Health Care

Dedicated to Providing Quality In-Home Care to the People We Serve

About Us:

In-Home Care is the extra help that someone might need to remain living at home once they are no longer able to manage the household tasks that they used to. We Believe quality care is the key to maintaining independence. We believe in your right to age at home with dignity and offer the extra support you need. From our door to yours, we are here for you.

What we do:

Merit Home Health Care offers assistance with personal care including bathing, dressing and grooming as well as meal preparation, household chores, laundry, shopping and errands and respite services.  These services are often covered by Medicaid, by a Veteran’s Aide and Attendance benefit, by Long term care insurance or through private pay.

Families rarely have a plan in place as to what to do when Mom and Dad start having difficulties managing the day to day at home, yet this is something most of us will face.  Visiting with loved-ones for the holidays can shine a spotlight on just how much assistance is needed or how much one’s abilities have changed with time. 

Navigating available services and how to access them can be overwhelming.  Our staff has a combined experience of over 40 years in the healthcare industry and we can help you find the option that works best for your family.

How We Got Started:

Lydia Killoran – owner of Merit Home Health Care:
“I am the youngest of seven children. As my siblings aged and moved away, I realized that my parents weren’t in the best of health and they needed extra care. In 1989 I began a career in the in-home health care industry. This path gave me the opportunity to care for my parents while touching many other lives. The services of Merit Home Health Care allow my clients the ability to remain in their homes, aging with dignity and as independently as possible.”

Merit Home Health Care provides services for the Greater St. Louis area, St. Louis County – North and South, St. Louis City – North and South, and St. Charles county since 2004.  We are fully staffed to meet all your in-home needs.  You can reach us at 314-522-8088 or visit our website at https://www.merithomehealthcare.com/

Lydia Killoran, Owner – Merit Home Health Care

Lydia Killoran, Owner – Merit Home Health Care


Other services:

Some people just aren’t comfortable accepting help from a stranger and that’s okay.  Merit Home Health Care has expanded to include our new Consumer Directed services offered through Merit CDS. 

Consumer Directed services is a Medicaid based program, allowing the participant to hire a friend or family member to provide their care.  Our staff can help you enroll in the Consumer Directed services program and assist you in training the caregiver you have hired to ensure your needs are met.  Merit CDS covers a large territory of Missouri and can assist you in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and Lincoln county.


Stephanie Powers – Director Merit CDS, Consumer Direct Services

Stephanie Powers – Director Merit CDS, Consumer Direct Services


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Guest Article Contributed by: Stephanie Powers

We recommend that everyone re-evaluate their personal situation, if changes in health and needs are apparent.  Sometimes, when life events occur, seniors feel that their only option is to move out of their homes into an Assisted Living Facility.  When you are considering making changes to your living situation, due to physical changes or health concerns, home health care may be a viable option.  At that point, please consider the benefit of a Personal Emergency Response System from AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com as well.  


If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566