Reece announced a new program offered by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department last week that will place a phone call once a day to elderly individuals living alone or someone with medical issues. The name of the program is “Are You OK?”, and the equipment and software to make it work was paid for out of the Sheriff Department’s confiscated drug funds.
In a recent interview, Reece said the idea had been discussed for some time because of the number of elderly people who live alone and the number of calls the Sheriff’s Department receives for what is called welfare checks.
A welfare check takes place when a family member or concerned third party not living close by calls the Sheriff’s Department and asks that an officer be sent to a residence to make sure that person is all right.
The Are You OK? program consists of an automated calling service that will check on enrolled individuals once a day. The sheriff said people may sign up for the program themselves, or it can be requested by family members.
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