Williamson County Looks to Expand Senior Care Program
by Emily Luxen
FRANKLIN, Tenn.- The Williamson County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to residents who live alone and may need a little extra attention.
The department's Senior Care Program enlists volunteers to make daily phone calls to people to make sure they are ok. If the volunteers don't get a response after three attempts, and calls to emergency contacts, they will send deputies to do a welfare check.
The program has been up and running for three years, but the coordinator hopes it will continue to grow.
"The program has been very successful," said Member and Volunteer Coordinator Annie Owen. "The people who are in it love getting the calls, and it gives them extra set of security."
93-year-old Georgia Johnson is one of the program participants. She lives alone in Fairview and has no family to check on her. She said she waits by the phone every morning for her favorite call of the day.
"I look forward to it," said Johnson. "I've made friends out of it."
Even though Johnson cooks, cleans and drives herself around each day, she said she still feels better knowing the Sheriff's Department is looking out for her as well.
"I tell my friends about it and they say ‘that's a great program,'" said Johnson. "I said I am lucky to live in Williamson County."
If you would like to enroll a loved one or neighbor in the program, or you would like to volunteer, you can call the Williamson County Sheriff's Department at 790-5560.