Pair Program brings Peace of Mind
– stay safe
The Pair Program is a free service, especially created for seniors living alone, that provides daily, automatic phone calls to its subscribers at specific times. When those calls are answered, the program knows that the person is fine, but if the call goes unanswered, the program automatically calls a designated neighbor to go and check on the person. On the rare occasions when the neighbor cannot be reached, the Pair program calls the police.
That’s exactly what happened a few years ago to Sergeant Claude LeBel, a patroller at the time with the Memphremagog post of the Sureté du Québec. “We received the call in the morning to go and check the occupant of a house in Canton Hatley. An elderly man was not answering his phone, and his neighbor was out working in his field. We went straight to the house, arriv--
ing at the same time as another police car from the other direction,” explained Sgt. LeBel.
No- one answered the door when the officers knocked, even though they could hear a television playing. They tried the door, but it was locked, so they finally had to force it open. “On the second floor, we found a man in his eighties who was bleeding a lot, sitting on his bed with a broken phone beside him. He was just staring at the wall and, when we spoke to him, he wasn’t making much sense at first,” said the officer.
The senior, who was taking anti-coagulant medicine for a heart condition, had fallen and was bleeding badly. “He didn’t want to go to the hospital at first so I joked with him a little, asking him if he had been playing hockey. He started to come around and make more sense, and then he agreed to go to the hospital and the ambulance arrived. When he was leaving to get into the ambulance he told me ‘Thank you very much – you’re a good guy’,” added Sgt. LeBel.
Not only was the gentleman who had become hurt thankful, so was his family. If you are a senior living alone, why not give yourself and your loved ones a little extra peace of mind by subscribing to the free Pair Program. It is available everywhere on the territory of the Memphremagog MRC. To register or to get more information about the Pair Program, you can call your Volunteer Centre (CAB RH Rediker, CAB de Magog, CAB Missisquoi Nord), or call the Regie de Police Memphremagog at