What is Telecare?
Telecare is a telephone reassurance program for seniors and adults with disabilities who live alone.
Is there a charge?
No. Telecare is a service offered free of charge by the Aging & Disability Resource Center to older adults in Portage County.
How does Telecare work?
The Telecare office is located at Lincoln Center. Every weekday between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., an RSVP volunteer calls each participant. Weekend calls are made in cooperation with Salvation Army staff.
What are the advantages of Telecare?
Telecare is a safety check for people who live alone. It offers the reassurance that someone will be checking on the participant every day.
Telecare also offers daily socialization for an older person and peace of mind to family and friends.
What if I won't be home for several days?
Just let the Telecare volunteer know. The information will be passed on to the other volunteers.
What if I'm hurt and can't get to the phone?
If you don't answer, the volunteer will call the two contact people you've chosen to be called in case of an emergency.
The contact people are usually relatives or neighbors. Each should have a key to your home and be willing to go there to see if you're all right. If necessary, emergency personnel will be called.
What if neither contact person can be reached?
The volunteer will first check with the hospital to see if you were recently admitted. If all else fails, the volunteer will request local law enforcement to go to your home and check on you.
How do I join Telecare?
Call RSVP at 715-346-1401.
A friend is only a phone call away with Telecare!