Free service provided for the elderly and homebound residents in Bienville Parish

Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance partnered with the Bienville Council on Aging to implement a computer aided dialing system called RUOK (Are you ok).

This system is designed to check on elderly and homebound residents on a daily basis. Those who subscribe to this system will be called via the computer aided phone system to establish contact by phone. If there is no answer after three attempts, an emergency contact will be made. If there is no response to the dispatcher’s call, a Bienville Parish deputy will be dispatched to the subscriber’s residence.

“This will hopefully give our elderly citizens and homebound peace of mind that they are not alone and that our office is concerned about their safety and well-being,” said Ballance.

This service is free of charge to individuals who subscribe. To sign up for this service, you may pick up a form at your local Council on Aging office or contact the sheriff’s office for assistance in receiving a form at 318-263-2215. The simple questionnaire only requires basic information including name, age, address, phone numbers, list of health issues and emergency contact information.

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