The Lehigh Valley Gatekeepers Program is a collective community approach to connecting at-risk older adults to appropriate services to keep them living safely and independently.
Many vulnerable seniors live alone or have little or no contact with others, particularly with people in social services. Often their increasing need for assistance with daily activities can go unnoticed. Gatekeepers are non-traditional referral sources who come into contact with seniors through their work and are trained:
- to recognize warning signs and red flags that indicate an senior may need some help or support
- to understand the protocol for obtaining information for reporting
- to report their concerns to the Gatekeeper Program
Trained Gatekeepers receive an anonymous ID number which is used when making a referral to the Gatekeeper Intake Line. The Area Agency on Aging follows up on each referral within 72 hours and the person, if in need, will be connected to appropriate services.
Becoming a Gatekeeper Trained Organization (GTO) increases the social responsibility profile of your business while building and nurturing relationships within your community.
Click the link to download the Gatekeepers Brochure for more information.