The previous post advised of the passing of one of our neighbors but there is much more to this story. Tom lived alone. One of his neighbors noticed that his trash receptacles were not taken in and tried unsuccessfully to reach Tom by phone. They then contacted his family, who lived out of state and the Police were contacted. After a locksmith unlocked the door, Tom unfortunately was found lying unresponsive in the hallway upstairs. If it had not been trash day and a concerned neighbor, it could have been days, if not weeks before his body would have been found.
So let’s take care of each other. If you live alone, or live next door to someone who lives alone, set up a simple method to let each other know that you are ok. It could be a simple text message, the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. A blind that it put down in the evening and then put up in the morning. Anything to let each other know that you are well. We’d all like to count on our families but unfortunately, some of us do not have families, those families live out of state or they are so busy with their own lives that the fail to check in on us daily.
Its a simple thing to do and could provide a level of comfort to those of us that live alone. It was too late for Tom but it may not be too late for someone else.
Another alternative is Telecare (Telephone Reassurance) that is offered by the Northville Senior Citizens Group. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, senior residents can receive a telephone call to check on their wellbeing or to just hear a friendly voice. This service is run entirely by volunteers and there is no charge. To register, call 248-305-2851.
You might also want to consider a senior alert system. This link will take you to an article about the various ones available.