Home and Community Services
Personal Emergency Response System

What is a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)?

A communication device, sometimes called lifeline, that you can use to call for help in an
emergency. This device is often worn around the neck to make it available at all times.

Who needs a Personal Emergency Response System?

Someone who:

  • Lives alone or with a caregiver who also has health problems or who works outside the home.
  • Has a history of falls
  • Has a health problem that might result in an emergency.

Do I qualify for a Personal Emergency Response System?

You may qualify if you are:

  • A youth* or adult with a health need for the device.
  • Able to use the device properly and have identified a person that can respond immediately.
  • Eligible for a DHHS program that has the Personal Emergency Response System, such as the Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver and Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD). Under AABD it may be allowed for those persons who qualify for the Special Requirements Program.

*Generally children who are 13 years old and older

More questions and answers about PERS

Contact someone who can answer your questions about Personal Emergency Response System or apply for this service

  - For children up to age 17
PDFFor adults 18 and older with physical disabilities
PDFFor adults 65 and older

Information on becoming a provider of this service


What does the device look like?

The PERS is a button that can be worn around your neck, but it can also be available to you in other ways depending on your needs. For example, it can be worn as a wrist band, on a belt, or carried in a pocket. Sometimes it can be adapted to a wheelchair.

Will someone show me how to use the Personal Emergency Response System?

Yes, someone will meet with you to explain how to use the device.

When I push the button or use the device, is someone notified?

After you push the button, a signal goes to an agency who then contacts a person or
“responder” on a list of people you choose. The responder quickly contacts you to see what you need.

How do I find out if I can receive this service?

Contact your local DHHS office.

Where can I read the DHHS regulations for programs with a Personal Emergency Response System?

Title 471 – Nebraska Medical Assistance Program Services, Click on Chapter 15