"Are You OK?" Program Helps Elderly With Daily Phone Calls

NORFOLK, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) —A new program coming out of the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office will check-in on seniors with a daily phone call. The "Are You OK?" program has been a success so far.

The program alerts family members or First Responders if the elderly person does not answer the phone call.

Norfolk County Sheriff Jerome McDermott said they have had 12 saves since the program started. He has been sheriff for 18 months. He described one recent save.

"A 96-year-old senior didn't answer her call, she felt light-headed, her granddaughter recontacted and said 'grandma didn't answer the phone,'" McDermott said. "They found her on the bathroom floor, dispatched 911, she was transported to a hospital, she's still hospitalized but doing okay."

McDermott said he hopes to take the program state-wide.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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