Angel Telecare has recently been founded by a couple in Florida. It is similar in principle to the UK’s Alertacall ‘safety confirmation service’ in that non-interaction with the phone starts an alert sequence. However, Angel Telecare has automated dialling out to participants, like the volunteer-run, often community-based phone services that have been operating for years in the States. So the focus of responsibility is on the service to make contact whereas with Alertacall the focus of responsibility is with the individual to make the contact before the predetermined time each day.
It is interesting to speculate on whether the differences are rooted in the countries’ cultures, or in the pricing structure of the phone systems.