CARMEL VALLEY — Elderly individuals who are homebound or sick can have San Diego Police Department volunteer patrol members check-up on them.
The program, called “You Are Not Alone,” is run by the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, whose members regularly check on the welfare of participants in the program.
A number of lives have been saved because patrol members were checking up on their clients, sometimes finding individuals who were sick or injured and unable to call for help.
Clients are usually elderly; however there is no minimum age for the program. Clients can be those who need the service long-term or those just needing it for a short period of time while recuperating from surgery or an injury.
Family members or caregivers can sign up a client for the service, or clients can make the request themselves.
An emergency contact person, preferably one who lives locally and is in possession of a key, is required for enrollment in the program. Clients must also leave an emergency form on his or her refrigerator, which includes physician, prescription and emergency contact information.
To register for the YANA program, call the Northwestern Police Station at (858) 523-7000 or call the volunteer patrol administrator at (858) 523-7021.