Wellfleet Fire & Police Departments aim to make the town's seniors safe

WFD to host Senior Safe program on December 8, WPD encourages seniors to sign up for reassurance program

The Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments are looking to keep their town's seniors safe. First up, Wellfleet seniors will get some expert advice on living safely in their own homes. On Tuesday, December 8, the Wellfleet Fire Department will present a Senior Safe program at 10:30 a.m. at the town's Council on Aging at 715 Old King's Highway.

The program is recommended for seniors who are 65 or over and living in their own homes.

Wellfleet Fire Department members Lt. Joseph Cappello and Firefighter/Paramedic Rachael McGrath will present the program. Both Cappello and McGrath were trained by the National Fire Protection Association to teach seniors who to live longer at home in a safe manner.

To further ensure the safety of seniors in town, the Wellfleet Police Department offers a reassurance program. Once enrolled in the free program, seniors call the Wellfleet Police Department each day at 10 a.m. and check-in with the dispatcher. If the dispatcher doesn't receive a call, a call is made to the senior's home. If the senior cannot be reached, an officer is dispatched to the home. If the senior is not home, the officer will leave a note asking the senior to call the department. 

The program offers older residents who live at home alone the opportunity to connect with someone each day. The program can even be temporarily suspended if the senior goes away or if family visits. More information is available through the Council on Aging or by calling the Wellfleet Police Department at 508-349-3702.

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