Recent record temperatures in Central Ohio prompted Franklin County Senior Options (FCSO) to call out to senior citizens, sharing tips and techniques for staying cool during the heat wave.
Daily high temperatures from July 30 through August 5 were 9-13 degrees above the norm for the area.
On July 31, 2006 at 1:00pm, Franklin County Senior Options used the “Universal Communications System” by Twenty First Century Communications to phone 4,400 seniors with a pre-recorded message.
The message, on behalf of Franklin County Senior Options, reminded seniors to stay safe during the heat wave by observing a few simple suggestions. The following advice was given:
-Drink plenty of cool water.
-Avoid alcoholic beverages.
-Keep damp cloths in freezer to place on your head or neck.
-If your home becomes too hot, go to an air-conditioned place, such as a shopping mall, or your senior center.
-Call 911 if you or anyone in your family experiences dizziness or disorientation.
-Call your Senior Options case manager if you have any further questions.
Senior Options defined answered calls and those answered by machines or voice mail as “successful”. Initially 4,400 calls were made. “Unsuccessful” attempts such as busy signals and no-answer were retried, until ultimately 6,752 calls were made relaying the above information.
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About the Universal Communications System (UCS)
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About Franklin County Senior Options
Franklin County Senior Options (FCSO) helps Franklin County residents aged 60 and older maintain their independence. FCSO also supports family members with the often- overwhelming task of caring for a frail older parent, family member, or friend with limited abilities. Since 1993, Senior Options has been providing community-based services such as home delivered meals, homemaker, personal care, respite care, adult day care, transportation, emergency response systems, and minor home repair.
Franklin County Senior Options, administered by the Franklin County Office on Aging, is the "one-stop shopping" point for information and access to senior services. A single call to FCSO at (614) 462-6200 can link older adults and their families with a caring professional trained to help solve senior problems.
Senior Options is funded by the five year Senior Services Levy passed by Franklin County, Ohio voters in 1992, 1997 and 2002.
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