‘Good Neighbor’ program would assist Limestone’s senior, disabled residents

Posted Feb. 02, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.

LIMESTONE, Maine — Officials with the Limestone Police Department hope to launch a pilot program aimed at ensuring the well-being of the town’s senior and disabled residents, pending community support and participation.

Limestone Police Chief Stacey Mahan said recently that the program would allow participants to contact the department daily to let officers know that they’re doing fine “and if we do not hear from them daily, then we can take steps to check on their well being,” the chief wrote in a Facebook post, introducing the community to the possible program.

To test the viability of the “Good Neighbor” program, officers are looking for two types of volunteers — those interested in participating in the program and those interested in helping implement the program by answering the Good Neighbor calls, tentatively scheduled to be received between 8 and 10 a.m. seven days a week.

Individuals interested in participating in the Good Neighbor pilot program will need to contact the Police Department to fill out two short forms, providing officers with information such as an emergency contact and a primary care physician’s name and granting officers the ability to enter the residence for a well-being check.

While the Good Neighbor program is still in the beginning stages of development, Mahan said he feels the program could be beneficial to the community as a whole, particularly for senior and disabled individuals living alone.

For additional information regarding the Limestone Police Department or the Good Neighbor pilot program, call 325-0912.

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