Bangor — Making a difference in someone’s life can be as easy as
picking up the phone. For more than thirty years, Telecare, a program of
Rosscare, has been providing warm, friendly, daily check-in calls, free
of charge, to seniors in the greater Bangor area.
The program is currently looking for volunteers, as well as seniors
living alone who would like to participate in the program. Telecare is
managed by a group of trained volunteers who dedicate their time
providing check-in calls to more than 100 people who live alone in the
Cindy Smith, Telecare manager, explains how this program is especially
important during the colder months. “The Telecare program not only
offers a safety benefit of a daily well check, it also is a social
contact for participants. Especially during the winter months, many
seniors’ fear of falling keeps them inside and isolated from the
community. Both volunteers and participants enjoy beginning each morning
with a warm hello.”
Bill Donavan, Telecare volunteer, feels he gets just as much in return
as he gives through the program. “Volunteering for Rosscare’s Telecare
program lifts my spirits and brings joy into my heart. It is my
opportunity to give back to those who gave before me,” says Bill.
The Telecare office is located at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street. Volunteers arrive at the Rosscare office and begin the program at 8 am and finish around 9:30 am.
Donations from the community are encouraged to help defray the cost of the
program. To learn more about volunteer opportunities through Telecare,
to participate in the program, or donate call Cindy Smith at