The Gatekeeper Program is an organized outreach effort designed to identify, refer, and respond to the needs of at-risk older adults and people with disabilities living in our community.
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic trains the employees of community businesses and corporations who work with the public to serve as community gatekeepers by identifying and referring older adults and people with disabilities who may be in need of services. Training can be done in person in about an hour or tools and materials can be provided to you.
The Gatekeeper program focuses on identifying warning signs and providing a contact phone number to call for help. Upon noticing an older adult or person with a disability who needs assistance, the gatekeeper makes a phone call to CONTACT Cape-Atlantic who in turn contacts the person in need (if possible), and steps are taken to deliver the appropriate health or social service care.
As a result, seniors are able to maintain their independence at home, and at the same time, employees receive job satisfaction and are involved in the community.
Examples of care include medical care, food preparation or delivery, help with household chores, transportation, or other social services.
Want to become a ‘Gatekeeper”?
Many community citizens can become Gatekeepers – such as postal workers, meter readers, financial institutions, emergency responders, social service agencies, supermarket clerks, bank tellers, pharmacists, customer service representatives, waitresses/waiters, paper deliverers and more.
Free corporate training is available
When a Gatekeeper notices that an older adult or person with a disability might be in need of anything from a meal service or an Alzheimer’s screening to assistance with bill paying or an advance directive, all they need is to call or e-mail CONTACT Cape-Atlantic.
Call for more information. A staff member will arrange an introductory discussion or meeting to explain the program in further detail. It’s a wonderful way to enhance your community involvement.