Lifeline Emergency Response System


With the push of a button, your Lifeline bracelet or necklace signals that you need help. Lifeline professionals receive this signal and take immediate action, sending whatever help you need.


For more than 20 years, Lifeline has been North America's leading personal response service. Lifeline has helped more than four million people remain in an independent living situation.


Cottage Health System makes Lifeline available to individuals throughout Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to give you the confidence to continue to live in your own home by assuring you that you are able to get help with the push of a button.


Lifeline allows many people to continue living in their own homes with the reassurance that they can get the right kind of help whenever they need it.

Lifeline is made possible through the support and volunteer work of Cottage’s auxiliaries. 


If you would like to order a Lifeline device or if you are interested in volunteering to install Lifeline devices in your area of Santa Barbara county, please contact us.



How Lifeline Works


To call for help, you simply press the “Personal Help Button” you wear as a pendant or on a wristband. The “Personal Help Button” activates a small in-home communicator that automatically dials the Lifeline Response Center. Within seconds, your call will be answered by one of our highly-trained operators (our Lifeline Monitors). You will never be asked to talk to a machine. You may call to inform us that you have a minor problem that only requires a neighbor to stop by, or you may need an ambulance. Whatever you need, we will respond quickly.


All your important information is immediately available to the Monitor answering your call, so we can easily determine the type of help you need and make sure you get it. We also want you to make frequent check-in calls and ask that you press your “Personal Help Button” just to say hello, to let us know how you're doing, and to make sure your Lifeline equipment is working properly.


We recommend you contact us at least once a month. In fact, most of our incoming calls aren't emergencies.


Our communicators have a highly sensitive speakerphone that lets the Monitor speak to you, even if you can't get to the phone.


And, if you press your “Personal Help Button” but cannot speak, your Lifeline Monitor will quickly send help.


Your Lifeline Personal Response Service:

  • is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • provides the peace of mind you and your loved ones deserve, enabling you to continue to live independently in your own home
  • is easy to use
  • minimizes complications by making sure you get help quickly when you need it
  • is affordable, with no purchase required and with no long-term commitment.



  How Lifeline Works
  Frequently Asked


Contact information:


Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital *
Lifeline Program

Patricia Fisher
(805) 682-7111
*Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also services the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Lifeline Program
Goleta Valley
Cottage Hospital
Lifeline Program

David L Fayram
(805) 967-3411 ext 200
Lifeline Systems
111 Lawrence Street
Framingham, MA 01702-8156



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