Senior Watch Program
According to the 2010 census statistics, 13% of the US Population is age 65 or older. That is approximately 40 million Americans. Dundee, Michigan is no stranger to this trend. In fact, its sizeable elderly population has sparked a need for this program that is devoted specifically to its residents. The Dundee Police Department has sponsored the "Dundee Police Senior Watch Program" mainly for the benefit of its senior citizens, but others may benefit as well. Shut-ins, wheelchair bound or SSI recipients are some examples.
How It Works
An application can be obtained at the Village of Dundee office or by following the link below.The application asks for pertinent information and requests the client to choose which program they would like to be enrolled in.The least intrusive programs are the "Check In" and "Elderly call". The most comprehensive is the "Senior Watch" program.Once the application is forwarded to the Police Department, it would be entered in our database and a schedule would be set for the client based on the program selected.As part of the application process, a "site evaluation" of the client's home would be completed by a police official. This evaluation would help determine any safety concerns or any special requirements needed at the residence.
1. The "Check In" Program:
Senior citizens, who may live alone, have the opportunity to become part of our call in program. They will decide on a day and time that "they" will call in or check in with the Police department. If a call is missed, then an officer will call them or stop over to see if everything is O.K. The benefit of this program is that the client doesn't have to be home to call in.
2. The "Elderly Call" Program:
Senior citizens have the opportunity to be on our "elderly call" list. On designated days and times, the police department will call the "clients' homes" to check on their welfare. If no contact is made, an officer will be sent to the home to check on their welfare.
3. The "Senior Watch" Program:
Some seniors may need our help more than others. These seniors may not have family to check on them or to provide assistance for them. The Police Department, or a designated volunteer, would visit the client once a week (or more) to check on their welfare.
The Village of Dundee Police Department believes in a "neighbor helping neighbor" concept and that's why the Dundee Police Senior Watch Program calls for neighborhood volunteers to assist with our programs. The volunteers have signed on to help us help our seniors. Our volunteers have to undergo a thorough background check and receive training in elderly needs and assessments. Through our volunteers, we will strengthen our relationships between neighbors and neighborhoods.