Reaching Out to Seniors Everyday

ROSE Program Aims to Provide Peace of Mind to Independent Seniors

Do you live by yourself and worry what will happen if you need help but cannot reach someone? Do you have similar concerns about an elderly loved one? The City of Glen Cove Senior Citizen Advisory Council is pleased to announce that the City, in cooperation with the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary is beginning a new daily wellness program, Reaching Out to Seniors Everyday (ROSE), designed to allay the fears of the elderly who live by themselves.

Under the ROSE program, a member of the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary will reach out daily by phone to make sure that the senior is okay. If the volunteer does not receive a response, he or she will try to contact the emergency numbers that are on file. Failing to get a response, the volunteer will notify the Glen Cove Police who will discharge an officer to check on the senior. The program is designed to give peace of mind and a sense of security to those who enjoy the independence of living alone but realize a medical crisis could render them helpless.

In establishing this new program, the Senior Advisory Council reached out to the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary for assistance in managing the day-to-day operation of the program. The response was immediate. According to Pam Panzenbeck, a Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary member, “The hospital auxiliary is a natural fit for the ROSE program. Our members are always eager to help others, volunteerism is a big part of our everyday lives.”

Similar programs have been established in many other communities across the United States including Garden City and Hudson, New York; Wilmington, Delaware and Freemont California. Loved ones are relieved to know that someone is looking out for seniors living alone, and seniors are comforted to know that help is at hand if they are in need but cannot reach a phone.

Registration for this program is now underway. To learn more about the ROSE program or to fill out an application, please call Carol Waldman at the Glen Cove Senior Center (759-9615). Applications are also available online at www.glencoveseniorcenter.com under the “Programs” link.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Glen Cove Senior Advisory Council is pleased to announce the debut of the Reaching Out to Seniors Everyday (ROSE) program. Under this program, members of the Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary will reach out daily by phone to seniors enrolled in the program to make sure they are okay. If the senior does not answer the phone, the volunteer will contact the emergency numbers on file, and if necessary, notify the Glen Cove Police who will discharge an officer to check on the senior. For more information please call Carol Waldman at the Glen Cove Senior Center (759-9615).

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