Updated 01/24/2013 07:09 PM
Fallsburg police program will check in on the elderly
A local police department in Sullivan County will begin routinely checking in with the elderly and homebound residents through a new program. YNN's Eva McKend has more from the Town of Fallsburg.
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FALLSBURG, N.Y. -- After last year's fire at the Grandview Palace Condominiums in Loch Sheldrake, the Town of Fallsburg was concerned about its displaced and relocated elderly population.
In response, the Fallsburg Police Department has started a local "Are you OK?" program.
"What the program provides is the opportunity for the senior citizens to be entered into a database within our police department and then we do monthly well being checks with the individuals who are registered with us,” said Fallsburg Police Department Officer Jason Edwards.
It's a system that becomes all the more critical given the bitter weather conditions.
"With this type of extreme cold, it’s always a problem. We are always concerned about that and that’s part of the reason why we want to do this program," said Edwards.
The Sullivan County Office for the Aging also uses a database system to check in on the elderly.
"In instances where we might get a phone call from our homebound meal driver that the client is not home and we know they are suppose to be there, we’re able to contact an emergency contact person to locate that person or contact the local authorities to go into the home to make sure they are okay," explained Deborah Allen, the office's director.
The homebound meal program visits at least 420 people on a daily basis.
The Fallsburg Police Department is encouraging people who know elderly and homebound residents that can benefit from a monthly check in to give them a call at (845) 434-4422.