The Importance of the Keeping in Touch Program

KIT ProgramThe following account is based on a true story. The names have been changed. On a cold and snowy morning Janet woke from a deep sleep. "Something's wrong" she thought. Her thoughts were jumbled. She called out for her husband, Tim. No answer, Tim died 2 years ago. Then, just as she was trying to make sense of what was going on she heard her phone ring. She tried to reach for her phone, but her left arm wouldn't move. She tried again to reach it and, in doing so she fell onto the floor. Again the phone rang. Janet was cold and afraid. Then she heard the back door rattle. She could hear her next-door neighbor, Anne, calling out to her, but still she couldn't move.

Anne had been contacted by the Oceanside Community Safety Office, where she was designated as one of Janet's emergency contacts in their Keeping in Touch program and asked to check on Janet. When Anne returned to her home she reported that she was unable to gain entry.

In the OCSV office the morning volunteer called the RCMP and in less than 5 minutes 2 officers arrived at the scene. She was taken to the hospital and admitted. Sadly, Janet developed pneumonia in the hospital.

What would have happened if she had not joined the Keeping in Touch program? How long would she have lain on that cold floor? This is truly an example of why the Keeping in Touch program is so important. So many seniors like Janet are living on their own and need the assistance of neighbors and community.

If you know of someone that could benefit from this service, please contact kit@oceansidecsv.org

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