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4 Thursday, January 23, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Service Forum Bus:(702) 727-6257 JV Industries, Inc. Concrete Accessories i i Re-Bar - 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" Stakes - Wood & Steel Ancor Bolts, Work Gloves, Tie Wire & Mesh Open 3700 W. Flamingo 7-5 Mon - Set Pahrump, NV Closed Sun Daily Assurance For the Homebound - Elderly - Probation - Latch Key / Parole - Wake-up Calls - Disabled Reminder Service Service for those with limited outside contact Fully automated system Pahrump Conuramication Station (PCS) 751-2121 Ext. 10. The Perfect Pet Dog and Cat Grooming For a Honey of a job Gift cWovks 727-1655 Crafts from I00gra00lg while you wait! 140 E. Nicholas Way Mort - Flri 10-4 Sat - 11-4 Computerized monitoring provides senior security by Patti Babcock Pahrump Communication Station (PCS) offers two com- puterized programs to provide security for seniors and for children. In addition, PCS offers voice mail for busy people. Owner, Michelle Phillips, started the home based business in November 1996 to meet several areas of need in the commu- nity. With so many seniors living alone, Phillips felt a reliable monitoring system could give them and their families a "safety-net" of security. She decided to provide an additional system to monitor children who are home alone. Daily Assurance Monitoring Service is the name of Phillips' program for seniors. She describes it as a creative solution to the problem of senior citizens living alone when they have minimal outside contact. Children and friends who may live too distant to check on their loved one often worry. What if something should happen? Who would know? How long would it be before help would arrive? The computerized system will check on the senior, up to six times a day, and can relieve a lot of worry for the family. 00700eptune 00ociet00t Call 24 Hours 727-1888 Cremation 00Direct Burial mes: mno . a dea,  of De Cedi6c and Perm, Cremation, minimum Urn, Fully Licensed P.O. Box 6000. Suite 96. 1161 Loop Rd. #2 Pahmmp, Nevada 89041 ............................................. :": Mdr: City: Se: Zip: Phone: FREE  -" :I Ple nnh me  obr, yo dal iauma : ., The calls are scheduled at designated times during the day so the senior knows when to expect them. The call is a recorded message that asks the senior to press "1" if everything is okay or to press "0" if assistance is needed. If the "0" is pressed, a sequence of"Alert" telephone numbers are called to notify a predesignated person that the senior needs help. An unexpected response to the scheduled call will acti- vate the Alert Sequence. The alert response could be a repeated busy signal, a tape machine, no answer, numbers other than one or zero pressed on the dial pad. The system repeats the message up to three times before the Alert Sequence is activated. Each Help Alert Sequence has three contact numbers. Usually, these are numbers of people who are close enough to go check on the senior. If the first number called does not respond, the s,stem calls the second number and, if no response, it dials the third number. The person being called receives a recorded message asking him to indicate if he , :,1 respond or if he cannot. It will continue dialing, in seque, until someone answers and indicates he will respond. The system also offers the option of having a loved one record the message making the contact more personal. The message can be used as a communication tool as well as an alert system. For example a message might say, "Hi Dad. This is Dave. It's one o'clock. Time to take your medicine. I love you." Phillips says the advantage of having a computer make the calls.is that the calls will always be made and always be on schedule. "Computers don't have families of their own," she says. "They don't go on vacation or get too busy." Cost for the service is tied to the number of calls required. PCS also has sign-up incentives for new accounts and a special program for "Seniors Helping Seniors." Another facet of the Daily Assurance Monitoring System is a program Phillips calls "Home Alone." It is a security system for children who are "home alone" while parents work. It works on the same principal as the senior phone system. The parent can request that the child or children be called one or two times during the time they are alone. If the child presses "1" all is well. If he presses "0," the response system is activated and the designated people are contacted. The Help Alert Sequence is activated, as above, by an unexpected response. Here too, the messages can be per- sonal recordings. 1977 1997 20 Years Serving Pahrump! 2nd Lar't rarmers Insurance Aqent in the United S"tat" Worden's Insurance Agency PHONE QUOTES IMMEDIATE ISSUE SR22's MORTGAGE INSURANCE NOTARY ALL LINES BROKER AUTO HOMEOWNERS - MOBILE HOMES - RECREATIONAL VEHICLES. LIFE- HEALTH COMMERCIAL LONG-TERM CARE BONDS BAIL BONDS 6 Licensed Agents for Convenient Professional Service NELL WORDEN-DANIEL Agent & Owner 2210 E. Commercial Rd. PO Box 580 Pahrump, NV 89041 (702) 727-5241 Dedicated to being Pahrump's Premier Insurance Company! Voice Mail is another service PCS offers. "It works like a personal secretary," Phillips explains and func- tions as an additional phone line. It can be customized to meet individual require- ments. It is an aid for busy people who need to receive calls when they are away from the phone. It also works well for people who want to maintain their privacy by not giving out a home number. Phillips is offering a sign- up incentive for a limited time for people who want to "try before they buy." Eventually, Phillips plans to expand her telecommuni- cation services and messag- ing system. She envisions a wide base of services from interoffice messaging sys- tems to parent-teacher com- munications to community emergency notification sys- tems. Phillips describes herse  as a computer geek who is a stay-at-home mom. She has four children, one is grown and has a toddler age son. Husband Charles has en- cOurageA her to develop her home,based business. Phillips believes with the ongoing advances in elec- tronic communication, her business has unlimited po- tential. What she likes best about it is helping people who might otherwise be at risk by being alone. For more information about her services contact Phillips at 751-2121,ext. 10.