Last summer, an elderly woman in north Payson died in her home, and it was days before neighbors realized they hadn't seen her for a while.
Such incidents led the Payson Police Department to develop a new program Police Access to Homebound. Through the PATH program, which is conducted by Volunteers in Action, volunteers contact elderly and homebound residents every day to make sure they're alive and well.
"It's more of a personal touch kind of thing," Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said. "We want to make sure our residents are OK and that there are no health needs."
The program is available to ill, elderly or homebound residents, or people who live alone and want to be checked on each day. Those interested in participating in the program must call the police department and talk with a Volunteers in Action representative.
The volunteer will interview the participants, determine what their needs and concerns are, and enroll them in the program.
Then, beginning July 1, each participant will receive a phone call from a volunteer between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. If the phone isn't answered after several attempts, the appropriate agency will be contacted.
To learn more about the Police Access to Homebound program, call the Payson Police Department at 474-5242, ext. 209 or 220.