by Mike Lesko | reporter
Streetsboro -- The Streetsboro Police Department is hosting a Sept. 25 fundraiser at Applebee's Family Restaurant to purchase monitors for senior citizens to use during personal emergencies.
The restaurant, located at 1200 Route 303, will donate 15 percent of meal checks from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fliers must be presented at the restaurant for the donation to occur. Fliers can be picked up at the Streetsboro Police Department, 2080 Route 303, or the Streetsboro Senior Center, 9184 Route 43.
If senior citizens fall or feel ill, they can push the button on the "Guardian Alert 911" unit and will be connected directly to a Streetsboro police dispatcher, according to Police dispatcher Linda Leanza, who said there is not a specific fundraising goal.
"Their name, address and phone number will be displayed on a 911 screen," Leanza said. "Once the address is entered into the computer system, a 'special attention' box will appear on the screen. This box has the individual's information, which can include their medical history, location of a key and phone numbers of friends and relatives if they need to be contacted."
A land-line phone is required to use the emergency system.
Due to fundraisers and "generous donations," the department can continue to sell the units "for a discounted, one-time cost of $50 each. Unlike most emergency alert units, the Guardian Alert 911 unit has no monthly fees," Leanza said. The department has sold 31 units since July 2012, she said.
"The ultimate goal is to provide seniors and their family members with the peace of mind knowing that they can continue to have independence and only be a [button] push away from the police, fire and EMS in the event of an emergency," Leanza said.
Leanza said senior citizens can also sign up for the city's Senior Awareness for Everyone program, in which seniors in the community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly can have the police do so instead.
The program allows the police and fire departments to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside and important contact information. Seniors age 60 and older, those who are 55 and retired, and any disabled citizens are encouraged to fill out the contact form.
A table will be set up at Applebee's with a Guardian Alert 911 unit on display along with pamphlets. Cookies and other baked goods will be on sale to raise additional money.
Senior citizens can obtain the 911 monitor or be part of the SAFE program by contacting Leanza at the Streetsboro Police Department at 330-626-4976.