Are You OK? Program
The Are You OK? computer system was devised to make daily telephone checks on elderly or ill people who reside alone and have no one in the local area to check regularly on their welfare. The system calls subscribers daily (seven days a week) at a prescribed time. If the subscriber answers the call, the computer verifies that they are okay. If there is no answer, the computer logs that there is something wrong and issues an alert and the dispatcher takes the prescribed actions. The computer system is located in the Communications section where dispatchers monitor the system.
The program is sponsored by the Yuma Regional Medical Center, Hoppstetter's Office Supply and the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.
Qualifications for Are You Ok?
- Must live in Yuma County.
- Must have a landline telephone (NOT a cell phone).
- Cannot have an answering machine hooked up or voice mail service of any kind.
- Must live alone (couples will be considered on a case by case basis).
- Determined to be medically qualified.
- Must have two keys to the home in possession of immediate neighbors or with a relative in close proximity and available in the mornings.
- Must sign a waiver allowing a Deputy Sheriff or volunteer to enter the home to check on occupant when computer is not answered on call.
- Must notify when he or she will not be home to answer the "Are you OK?" phone call.
NOTE: When a subscriber wishes to be permanently removed from the Are You Ok? computer system, they must sign a release from participation.
Are You OK? Field Interview Form (PDF Fill-In)
For more information, contact:
- Volunteer Coordinator - Sgt. Ryland Croutch
Tel: (928) 819-2212
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- SOLVE Volunteer Program - Don Bowen
Tel: (928) 819-2213
Hours: Tuesday or Thursday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.