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Old 04-27-2017, 08:40 PM
 
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If a person lives alone, any ideas on having people check in on them? Recently J Geils of the J Geils Band passed away in the Mass. town that he lived in. The police found him unresponsive when they conducted a "well-being check". Do police in small towns check in on elderly residents to see that they are ok? If so, that would be a positive for retiring in a small town. Is it possible to hire a service to check in on someone?

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Old 04-27-2017, 08:54 PM
 
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"911" in some areas (The Emergency communication Center) does a digital Welfare checks, They call you Daily (sometimes 2x a day), When the call come in you type in your code, It records you as OK that day. If you don't answer, or put in the wrong code, the call is queued to the 911 dispatchers who re-call you. If there is still no reply or the code is incorrect, or you don't "Seem" right, they will dispatch help to check on you.

Help Could be Police, Fire, EMS, Even heard the public works crew members have been send, If they find you OK, they check to find out why you did not pick up the phone. If you are not OK they call in the resources needed. EMS? Family? etc.
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:16 PM
 
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I imagine that you could always create your own "service." If you live in a town where not everyone gets in a car and commutes to a city/suburban day job, there are people at home (parents, shift workers, students in the afternoon, etc.) who could likely be hired to do a check in regularly. I have thought of this for the occasional ride into the bigger town 24 miles away when I move to my new town next year.

I have heard somewhere of the postal service taking note of uncollected mail where elderly people live, too. Maybe a town's Council on Aging has some plans, if the town is big enough to have a COA (my current town is about 9,000 people and has a COA).
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:16 PM
 
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I have no idea what prompted the police check on J. Geils, but often such checks are set in motion by a concerned friend or relative who has not heard from the person and has been unable to contact him or her. Or perhaps the person has not shown up at work or for an appointment and that behavior is uncharacteristic. The concerned friend or relative then calls the police. Police are legally empowered to force entry if they have reasonable justification. But of course police are hesitant to expose themselves to liability in this day and age; there have been cases where police went to a residence, couldn't raise anyone but didn't find evidence of foul play either, so they left and it turned out later the person was dead inside the residence all the time. So then the police are criticized for that too. They are damned if they do (break in) and damned if they don't.

I have heard that sort of checking by authorities call a "welfare check" here in California.
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Florida
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In Maricopa county AZ, you could sign up for the RUOK program. They would call you every day at the time you specified. If you did not answer they would come around to find out why. This program was literally a life saver for some folks.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:01 PM
 
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My 92 year old FIL "calls" my husband every morning at 8am... I say "call" because he doesn't always expect my husband to answer he will just let it ring a few times to let us know he's ok. If we don't hear from him by 10 we will give him a call just to check. We started doing that after someone in my FILs neighborhood was found deceased in his living room chair with the TV still on. The sad thing was the guy had a bunch of kids and no one had tried to call him for days.
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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My mom would ask her elderly neighbor to turn a light in his kitchen window on every day when he got up. It was her way of knowing that he was okay.

She'd check in on a couple of neighbors that way.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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There are "for pay" services that you can use too. They will call you at a certain time of your choosing. If you dont' answer, they call your emergency numbers and can ask the police for a welfare check.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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When I lived in a small courtyard building there were three of us senior citizens who checked up on one another. If one of us hadn't raised their blinds raised by 9:00am the latest, they would get a call checking to see if they were okay.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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If a person lives alone, any ideas on having people check in on them? Recently J Geils of the J Geils Band passed away in the Mass. town that he lived in. The police found him unresponsive when they conducted a "well-being check". Do police in small towns check in on elderly residents to see that they are ok? If so, that would be a positive for retiring in a small town. Is it possible to hire a service to check in on someone?
Groton, Ma isn't exactly "a small town". It's an affluent I-495 belt metro-Boston suburb of 10,000 with a median household income of $120K and median home price of around $500K. "Leafy suburb" with 3 acre lots for any new construction not on town sewer, not "small town". Like any affluent Massachusetts town, it has a council on aging, a senior center, community nursing and community social workers through a multi-town consortium called Nashoba Nursing, van service, a 20 unit housing authority for elderly/disabled, and community-oriented police & fire.

My town has triple the land area and triple the population of Groton so all those services are scaled up some but it's the same thing. I'm 1 mile from the senior center in the high population density part of town. If I'm aging in place, part of the service offered by the town is that somebody checks up on me every day. If I don't answer the phone, a cop or fireman is going to knock on my door. If I need to get to a doctor, the town van will transport me. If I need to get to world class medical, there's regional van service to get me to Mass General or Brigham & Women's. There's cheap memory loss-oriented daycare at the senior center to give care givers a break.

That's generally how it works in Massachusetts in the more affluent suburban towns. If the town has a GreatSchools.com 7 or higher rating for public schools, it also has all kinds of elderly-oriented services. The high poverty rate mill cities and low income central/western Mass semi-rural towns don't have the same level of service since they're typically relying 100% on state money but they'll still have somebody calling the seniors on their call list every day and rolling a cop to their door if nobody answers the phone.
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