***Anyone who suspects elder abuse in Washington County should report it by calling the Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities, at 971-673-5200.***
The Gatekeeper Program is designed to assist vulnerable people who need help, but may be unable to get it for themselves. Many may live alone or have little to no contact with others. If they become ill or unable to function independently, they can easily go unnoticed and unattended.
The Gatekeeper Program seeks to remedy the problem by enlisting the help of people who, in the normal course of their jobs, may have contact with the elderly or those with disabilities. A Gatekeeper might be a supermarket clerk, bank teller, pharmacist, utility meter reader, customer service representative, mail carrier or newspaper deliverer. The list of potential Gatekeepers is virtually endless.
A single phone call may help a person with a disability or an older person become aware of community services that are available and make it possible for them to receive assistance.
To learn more about Gatekeeper training for you and/or your organization, please contact Elaine McKinstry at 503-846-3060, select option 1.