up for the "Vial of Life" from Project CARE
What is this "Vial of Life" that we have been hearing so much about? Dr. Garrett Dettling, with the Health and Human Service Agency of the A.I.S. (Aging and Independence Services) told us all about it in a recent Seminar. Since that Seminar, Neighborhood Watch has taken applications at RB Alive! and other community meetings and handed out the free Vials. Sue Wahl, a member of the Community Council's Public Safety Committee, asked us for 30 more Vials: "I just think the "Vials of Life" are so wonderful, and I want everyone in my neighborhood to have one."
The "Vial of Life"is for people living alone, older adults and the disabled. It is a small, magnetic plastic box to be placed on the refrigerator door and includes medical history, medications and other health-related conditions for each person in the household. This Vial will save precious time if paramedics are called in.
Project CAREis one of the important partnerships provided by Aging & Independence Services. It recognizes that what older and disabled adults value most of all is their independence. And its Action Plan includes: letter carriers trained to keep a watchful eye on mailboxes of the elderly; a daily computer telephone service to elderly individuals; meter readers, refuse collectors and account representatives who have been trained to recognize problems; minor home repair volunteers; and Safe Return (a nationwide ID system) that helps locate, identify and safely return those who wander and become lost.
My personal favorite, which I have used now for a month, is the "Are You O.K.?"daily phone call from Project CARE (Community Action to Reach the Elderly).
You decide what time you want to be called, and a computer voice calls you, tells you it is calling from The R.U.OK (my abbreviation)Telephone Reassurance program and to press a certain number on your touch-tone dial. If you do not answer the first call, it calls back in 15 minutes two more times. If you do not answer the three calls, you are put into their system for help. This may be 1) calling neighbors 2) calling emergency contacts or finally 3) law enforcement or paramedics. People who live alone find this very satisfying.
If you want to know more about these marvelous programs, call Neighborhood Watch at the RB Library, 538-8148. They can make an appointment for you to come in, sign up and receive a "Vial of Life" or sign up for "Are you O.K.?"
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