Friday, August 15, 2014
Worrying about a loved one at home alone can be a heavy burden.
The City of Goose Creek has a service that can help. It’s called Are You OK? and it’s a free program provided by the Goose Creek Police Department.
Crime Prevention Specialist Kevin Scott is in charge of the program, which is available to anyone living in the Goose Creek city limits who is 65 or older, or has medical or mental conditions that confine them to home. Others may be eligible on a case-by-case basis, and anyone is encouraged to apply if they think they or someone they know might need the service.
“It’s a computer-generated calling system. It calls at a predetermined time, and follows up twice more if there’s no answer,” Scott said. “If there’s still no answer, an alert goes out and officers are dispatched to the address.”
He said the program can be set up for each person’s situation. Basic information is collected, such as contact numbers for family or friends, in case of emergencies. Calling time and frequency are flexible, and the program can be used with mobile or landlines.
Scott said only a handful of residents take advantage of the service, which has been in place for about four years.
“We try to get the word out every so often,” he said. “We have a lot of people that move into the area who might not know about it. It can be a valuable asset for folks.”
Anyone interested in the service can call Scott at 863-5200, extension 2317. Applications can also be found online at www.cityofgoosecreek.com/182/Are-You-OK-Program.