First-in-nation wellness calls
SALISBURY, Md.- Seniors in Maryland will now have the opportunity to receive daily wellness checks through a new program offered by the state.
The program known as Senior Call Check will offer Marylanders age 65 and older to receive a call at a designated time.
Since most people said they want to “age in place” in their own homes, the program was created to check up on seniors who may not have someone to do so.
We are told that if people don’t answer their phone after three attempts then a designated contact person or local law enforcement will be called to their homes.
The executive director at the MAC center in Salisbury told 47ABC that although this is a positive program, some seniors may not be in favor of it because it is an automated call, they don’t speak to a live person.
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“An automated call can sometimes put people off in rural areas like ours many people like the personal touch they like to know that another person is at the other end of the phone, Pattie Tingle, Exec. Dir., MAC Center, said.
Maryland is the first state in the country to offer a free program like this.
For more information, you can go to the state website at aging.maryland.gov.