Haliburton Highlands Health Services is upgrading its Emergency Response System program.

The program provides clients with a button on a pendant or bracelet they can press is they need help.

H.H.H.S. is upgrading its system so that if someone has a fall, for example, the patient can then talk to a dispatcher.

Vice President of Community Programs Stephanie MacLaren says two-way communication serves three important functions.

Thanks to a donation of $24,000 from the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, the upgrade will not cost clients any extra money.

The program currently services 140 patients.

Anyone wanting the service will have to pay a $25 installation fee as well as a $25 monthly monitoring fee.