Maryland recently became the first state in the country to start a free opt-in telephone service to check on older residents in the state.
According to the Maryland Department of Aging, “Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. This could be an adult child, a neighbor, or another loved one. The alternate will then be encouraged to check on the older adult program participant. The failure of the participant and alternate to answer may result in a Welfare Check by local law enforcement.”
Any Maryland resident 65 or older who has a landline or a cellphone may take part.
Daily calls will not start until the applicant receives a call to verify their information. Upon verification a welcome packet, including a start date for the program, will be mailed to the applicant’s home address.
For more information or to apply, visit https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx, or call 866-502-0560 to request an application by mailed.