Volunteers sought for support network for Lincoln County shut-ins

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A training for volunteers seeking to become part of a program designed to protect some of Lincoln County’s most vulnerable residents is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24.

The House Calls program, which is sponsored by Spectrum Generations, Lincoln County Triad, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies, provides well-being telephone checks to senior citizens or adults with disabilities. Targeted in the program is anyone who lives alone and is at risk of sudden illness, falls or accidents, as well as patients recently discharged from a hospital or someone caring for an ill or dependent spouse, according to a press release.

House Call telephone checks are designed to offer reassurance to a person’s friends and family that their loved one is not alone and would receive assistance if it were needed. Volunteers call residents involved in the program at regularly scheduled times and typically spend less than 10 minutes going through a structured list of standard questions. Conversations often cover issues ranging from groceries, medications, heat and electricity service. Any concerns are reported to Spectrum Generations, law enforcement agencies or emergency responders. The program is free of charge for participants.

Volunteers must pass a background security check before participating in the program. Training is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Spectrum Generations’ Coastal Community Center at 521 Main Street, Suite 8, in Damariscotta. For more information about the program, to become a volunteer or to sign up for House Calls, contact Spectrum Generations’ Consumer Information Specialist Cynthia Troxel at 563-1363.

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