Participants select a one-hour period to be contacted during each day. The service will confirm the participant is OK during the call and offer to connect them to their local Area Agency on Aging for information on services and assistance.
If the participant cannot be reached after three attempts, a call will be placed to alternate contact, if one is on file. If the alternate contact and participant cannot be reached, the service will call the local sheriff’s non-emergency line.
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“Especially during this very challenging time, we encourage older Ohioans to sign up for the ODA’s Staying Connected phone program,” said Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. “This program will help reduce isolation and support the health and well-being of older adults in our state.”
To learn more or sign up, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/stayingconnected or call 1-833-ODA-CHAT (1-833-632-2428).
For information on the state’s coronavirus response, go to coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.