“Living alone can be tough for seniors. Some don’t have family nearby to check on them, and they worry that if they fall or suffer a medical emergency and can’t get to the phone to seek help, no one will know. That’s why hundreds of police agencies in small towns, suburbs and rural areas across the country are checking in on seniors who live alone by offering them a free automated phone call every day. . . . The check-in programs are less common in big cities, where large numbers of people might sign up, potentially straining budgets because more officers would be needed to check on seniors who don’t answer their phones.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Good idea, but so much for the fantasy that home care saves money compared to the economy of scale in assisted living or nursing homes.
Local police departments restore peace of mind by phoning senior citizens once a day