A computer system ensures a daily contact with elders or individuals with disabilities. A computer generated call asks the question "Are You Okay?" If there is no reply, steps are taken to check that the individual is safe from harm.
The "Are You Okay?" Program is a safety program that targets vulnerable individuals who, in the event of illness, accidental injury, or crime, are in danger of being left unattended and unaided for a lengthy period of time. "Are You Okay" is a function of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and the Dutchess County Office For The Aging.
"Are You Okay?" is a reassurance service that allows anyone in Dutchess County who is elderly or disabled and living alone the certainty that they will be checked on each day. The "Are You Okay" program assures elders, those with disabilities and their families that an emergency situation will not escape the attention of those in a position to offer assistance.
The "Are You Okay?" computer system, administered by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, stores the emergency information in memory. The computer calls the subscriber every day at the same time. If the person fails to answer the call after 15 minutes, the computer retrieves the emergency data released by the client. The Sheriff's Office then dispatches the friend or a relative designated by the client or a police officer to check on the person's condition.
Registration for the service requires the submission of an application which includes pertinent medical and emergency information. Call (845) 486-2555 for an application.
The "Are You Okay?" service is free of charge to those who are disabled, homebound and infirm.