The Dr. Scholl Foundation has announced that Heartland Independent Living Center (HILC) has been awarded $5,000 for the purchase of Guardian Alert 911 emergency communication devices.

Guardian Alert 911 devices function much like a cordless phone. The device enables two-way communication with a 911 operator with the single touch of a button.

It may be worn around the neck, clipped on a belt or carried in a pocket. The Guardian Alert’s major advantage over comparable products is that it does not require monthly subscription or service fees to connect to emergency response services.

“The Guardian Alert emergency communications devices purchased through the generosity of the Dr. Scholl Foundation will provide a life-saving means of communication for the elderly as well as for individuals with significant illness and disabilities.

The ability to call for help with the touch of a button provides peace of mind for those receiving the devices as well as their families and loved ones,” said HILC Executive Director Patrick Chambers.

A limited supply of devices will be purchased and provided free to qualifying individuals. The Guardian Alert 911 is an additional component in HILC’s Emergency Assistance program.

Heartland Independent Living Center is a nonprofit, nonresidential, community based 501(c)(3) organization that serves individuals with disabilities primarily in Franklin, Gasconade and Maries counties.

HILC’s programs and services assist people in living independently in their own homes, offering a number of free services including advocacy, information/referral, skills training, home modifications, transitioning, adaptive equipment and dental services. For more information on Guardian Alert 911 devices and other services, contact HILC toll-free at 866-322-3224.