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Niagara Gatekeepers Program

The program trains individuals who, by virtue of their job or volunteer work, regularly come into contact with seniors (e.g. bank tellers, meter readers, oil delivery personnel, paramedics, firefighters, pastors and lay ministers, locksmiths, pharmacists, etc) to recognize signs that may indicate an individual could be at risk and to call a local community agency regarding their concerns. The agency ensures trained health/social service workers initiate contact with the individual to determine if additional home-based supports are needed. Services are only provided with the consent of the senior. [submitted by Dianne Coppola]