The Gatekeeper program

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Do your employees come in regular contact with seniors and people with disabilities?

If so, the Gatekeeper Program can train them to help keep at-risk people safe and living in their own homes.  It is easy for your company to become a gatekeeper.  The program will help employees:

  • Learn the warning signs for a senior or a person with disabilities who may need help;
  • Learn what kind of information they should gather to help; and
  • Find out how to get help for, friends, family, or even the employee.

Gatekeepers are clerks, bank tellers, pharmacists, mail carriers, neighbors, and others

  • Communication – signs of confusion, difficulty communicating;
  • Financial – trouble paying bills, mention of missing funds, bounced checks, large withdrawals;
  • Caregiver Stress – frustration, despair, lack of support;
  • Social isolation – isolated, unable to leave home, no visitors;
  • Emotional Health – depression, anxiety, personal loss;
  • Appearance – unkempt, unshaven, soiled clothes;
  • Physical limitations – difficulty seeing, hard time moving around home;
  • Around the home – mail and newspapers stacking up, yard not kept up, debris, pets neglected, strong odors.

Gatekeepers work in partnership with the local Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)

  • When a trained gatekeeper notices a potential issue, that person contacts the ADRC.
  • The ADRC then helps the senior or person with disabilities understand available options and access programs and resources to help them get care and support if they choose.
  • Please call (541) 205-5400 to set up training or get to find out more about this program.

 

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