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Are there any local programs to assess the safety of an elderly or disabled person’s residence?

Vicky Eckenrode

The Wilmington Police Department has a program to give out window pins, door locks and some other donated security devices to seniors.

Officer Crystal Williamson said someone from the department can look at the senior’s house and make suggestions. She said the amount of security tools they have available to give out depend on ongoing partnerships with donors.  Someone else besides the officer is required to install the hardware.

For more information, call Williamson at 343-3945.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office also has programs to check on the well-being of seniors, addressing personal safety, home security and protection against fraud and con artists.

Through the sheriff’s office Are You Okay? Program, an automated system will call seniors who enroll.

Twice each morning, the calls go through to see if the seniors pick up, Cpl. Charles Smith said.

If there’s no contact, a fax message is sent to officers to get in touch with the senior’s emergency contact to see if the resident is out of town or to go to the senior’s house to make sure the person is  all right.

Another program, Project Lifesaver, is available for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or brain disorders who are at high-risk for wandering.

Through the program, watch-sized radio transmitters that can be detected by receivers are given to the patients to wear in case they get lost and need to be found quickly.

For more information on the sheriff’s office programs, call 798-4227.

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