Care of the elderly has long been a concern of several agencies throughout St. Joseph County, Michigan. In effort to increase awareness and to help improve the safety of seniors, the Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging and the St. Joseph County Sheriff Department sponsored four separate training sessions.
Local police officers were the first group to participate in the training. St. Joseph County Probate Judge Thomas Shumaker said. “They see this stuff 24 hours a day. We need to keep the awareness up, and this is a good place to start.” Others who regularly see vulnerable adults such as doctors and bank employees may also be trained.
Many agencies throughout St. Joseph County collaborated to create a statement of commitment for a countywide “vulnerable adult” protocol. The agencies involved include: Probate Court, Department of Human Services, St. Joseph County Sheriff Department, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Human Services Commission, St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Community Mental Health, Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services, Commission on Aging and Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging.
Read more about this program in the Sturgis Journal here.