Helping Seniors Maintain Independence

Police departments in several cities have set up phone systems to help care for the elderly.

These systems ensure that seniors receive a phone call once or twice a day. These calls, which are automated, require that seniors confirm they are okay. Seniors can also request help if needed.

Specific police departments, such as the Orangeburg County Sherriff’s office in South Carolina, also make live phone calls to the elderly once a week. Staffed by volunteers, this weekly call helps build connections.

Other programs are tiered: in addition to automated phone calls, seniors receive personal calls, as well as visits.

These programs have helped save and enrich the lives of many seniors. With the right blend of technology and personal attention, seniors can continue to maintain their independence with dignity.