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We may be living longer, but not necessarily better. According to studies, 29% of seniors in the United States live alone. Older adults who live alone are more likely to be poor, lonely and socially isolated. That’s why the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has started the Senior Check-In program. We want adults in Arapahoe County to know that someone cares. It also offers some peace of mind for family members living out of the area.
“This program creates connections and makes our world stronger. I have been calling my senior for three years now, and we have lunch on a regular basis! She is a great friend and confidant that I treasure. It is our hope that through this program more of these relationships with bloom and cultivate exactly what Arapahoe County strives for in ‘an emphasis on community spirit,’” said Lea Harms, Communications Supervisor at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Seniors who join the check-in program will receive a weekly call by a volunteer. The volunteer will ask about their well-being and make sure they’re doing OK. If there is no answer, the volunteer will call again until they make contact with the senior. If there is no response, the volunteer will contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. We will call the senior’s emergency contacts and will dispatch a deputy to conduct a wellness check.
To qualify to be in the program, the person must be 60 years or older, live alone (not in a nursing home or an assisted living facility,) and not have any relatives nearby. The senior must also live in the city of Centennial, the towns of Foxfield, Bennett (the Arapahoe County section) or Deer Trail or the unincorporated areas of Arapahoe County. We do not have agreements with other cities and towns to provide the service.
To join the program yourself or enter a senior in the program, apply here. We’re also looking for volunteers to make weekly check-in calls. Apply to volunteer. Watch a video to see how it works.
Learn more at https://www.arapahoegov.com/2022/Senior-Check-In. For questions, please call 303-795-4711 or email us at Seniorcheckin@arapahoegov.com