WHAT IS KISS?
The KISS program is a free telephone reassurance program for older adults who live independently and want to feel safer and more secure. No one likes to think of the consequences if someone should fall and not be able to contact anyone, or, worse yet, not be found for a few days. What would happen to your pet if you were incapacitated? Unfortunately, these events happen more often then we like to think or hear about. The KISS program volunteers help eliminate some of these fears and dangers that living independently entail.
By joining the KISS Program, you know that within 24 hours weekdays,someone will come to your aide .
SAFE (KISS) WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
You are Eligible if you are:
*** A Genesee,Lapeer,or Shiawassee county Resident
*** Age 60 or older
*** Willing to notify the KISS office when you will be away from home
The KISS program is sponsored by VAAA, a program that assits people 60 and older.
SENIORS How does KISS work?
Participants are provided with a telephone number to call Monday through Friday between 8:00 Am and Noon. Thoses that cannot call the office because of limited calls,disabilities,dementia,ect. will be contacted with a phone call. Special arrangements may be made for participants that need weekend coverage. The call lets the KISS volunteers know that everything is ok. If any participant fails to call or does not answer the phone ,it alerts the KISS volunteers that there may be a problem.
Steps are then taken to contact that person to determine if there is a problem. If a person' can not be contacted further steps are taken, including verifying that the person's phone is working. If contact still can not be made, one or more designated contact people ( usually a neighbor ,friend, or relative) are notified and ask to be checked on the situation. If that fails,the local law enforcement agency is asked to investigate.
The KISS program is funded in part by grants from United Way.
It's a fact that more older adults are living in their homes longer and want to remain independent.
For more information on KISS programs call (855) 561-5477 OR
Write KISS PROGRAM Valley Area on AGING 225 E Fifth Street ,Suit 200 FLint Mi., 48502
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE KISS PROGRAM
That you must live alone (couples are on the program in case something should happen to the caregiver)
*** That you must be homebound in your home.
*** That you cannot call in before 8:00AM. ( The KISS program has an answer machine for people to leave messages that they ar ok or will not be at home. )