A new program in Arpahoe County will check in on seniors who live alone and have no family nearby.
According to a news release, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office launched its Senior Check-In program to let seniors know that someone cares, and to offer peace of mind to family members who live out of the area.
According to studies, 29 percent of seniors in the United States live alone, the release said, and older adults who live alone are more likely to be poor, lonely and socially isolated.
“This program creates connections and makes our world stronger. I have been calling my senior for three years now, and we have lunch on a regular basis. She is a great friend and confidant that I treasure,” Lea Harms, communications supervisor at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release. “It is our hope that through this program more of these relationships with bloom and cultivate exactly what Arapahoe County strives for in `an emphasis on community spirit.'”
Seniors who join the check-in program will receive a weekly call by a volunteer. The volunteer will ask about their well-being and make sure they're doing OK. If there is no answer, the volunteer will call again until they make contact with the senior. If there is no response, the volunteer will contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, which will call the senior's emergency contacts and dispatch a deputy to conduct a wellness check.
To qualify for the program, the person must be 60 years or older, live alone (not in a nursing home or an assisted living facility) and not have any relatives nearby. The senior must live in the city of Centennial or in unincorporated Arapahoe County.
To apply for the program, or to be a volunteer, go to www.arapahoegov.com/2022/Senior-Check-In. For questions, please call 303-795-4711 or email Seniorcheckin@arapahoegov.com.
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