Lee County, Ala.---(WXTX) Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones wants to make sure your elderly loved ones are safe. A new, free program is up and running that will ensure your family memeber or friend is checked on once a day.
A computer system ensures a daily contact with elders or individuals with disabilities. A computer generated call asks the question "Are You Okay?" If there is no reply, steps are taken to check that the individual is safe from harm.
The "Are You Okay?" Program is a safety program that targets vulnerable individuals who, in the event of illness, accidental injury, or crime, are in danger of being left unattended and unaided for a lengthy period of time.
"Are You Okay?" is a reassurance service that allows anyone in Auburn, Opelika, or Lee County, who is elderly or disabled and living alone the certainty that they will be checked on each day. The "Are You Okay" program assures elders, those with disabilities and their families that an emergency situation will not escape the attention of those in a position to offer assistance.
The "Are You Okay?" computer system stores the emergency information in memory. The computer calls the subscriber every day at the same time. If the person fails to answer the call after 15 minutes, the computer retrieves the emergency data released by the client. The Sheriff's Office then dispatches the friend or a relative designated by the client or a police officer to check on the person's condition.
Registration for the service requires the submission of an application which includes pertinent medical and emergency information. The "Are You Okay?" service is free of charge to those who are disabled, homebound and infirm.
The "Are You OK?" program was initially set up for people who live alone, have no one to care for them or are shut-ins. The program however is so flexable, that virtually anyone can be added to the call list for any reason. We will list a few below just to give you an idea:
You live alone
You need take medicine at a certain time of the day
You want to make sure your children are at home after school
You live out of town and you want to make sure your parents are OK
You have a doctors appointment you need to be reminded of
The person or person(s) to be called do not have to be called every day it may only be once a month, that is up to you to decide.