Forks Senior Center (FSC) offers a phone reassurance program. The purpose of the program is to assist homebound seniors who desire to remain in an independent setting by having someone check with them on a regular basis. The program offers contact with a caring volunteer, as well as the opportunity to learn about local resources and programs that may assist them in remaining independent for as long as possible.
Local seniors looking for someone to check in on them and talk on a regular basis can contact the FSC to sign up. After signing up, a home visit is made to the potential participant so that staff can complete the intake documentation, get better acquainted with them, and determine the safety of the senior’s environment.
Once enrollment is completed and the dates and times for the calls are determined, the participant receives calls usually one to three times per week. Volunteers who have been screened and trained in the program make the phone calls each week. Program volunteers are also educated about the primary resources for older adults available in the community so they are able to suggest local resources if needed.
Participants have shared that the weekly calls really make a difference. They enjoy time on the phone just talking and sharing about their day. The volunteers also report that they enjoy the time listening and learning about the participants lives, as well as knowing they are making a difference in someone else’s life. It is really satisfying when you can help a homebound senior find assistance that allows them to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
For more information about the Phone Reassurance Program, please contact the Forks Senior Center at 517-629-3842.