Walworth County’s Volunteer Connection looking for TeleCare volunteers
WALWORTH COUNTY Volunteers are needed to participate in TeleCare, a free daily telephone check to older adults who live alone, regardless of their mobility, health status or degree of isolation.
Trained volunteers make a call daily between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. to participants who have signed up for the program. If there’s no answer, the volunteer calls an emergency contact number for the participant—which can be a family member, friend or neighbor. As a last resort, the local police or sheriff’s department is called. If participants plan on being away from home, on a vacation, or on a shopping trip, they can contact TeleCare to stop the calls until they return.
Any person who lives alone is eligible for the program.
Volunteers put in as little as two hours a month of their time.
The service, paid for by the United Way of Walworth County, serves residents in the greater Elkhorn, Delavan and Lake Geneva areas.
To find out more about the Telecare program or becoming a volunteer, contact Patti O’Brien at the Volunteer Connection in Elkhorn at (262) 723-5383.