The Senior Outreach, Assessment, and Referral (SOAR) Gatekeeper Program trains local businesses and organizations that come in contact with older people to identify those who may be at risk and/or are unable to seek help on their own. The employees or community members who are trained in the signs and symptoms that an older person may need help are called “Gatekeepers.”
Southeast Senior Services would like to acknowledge the following Juneau businesses and organizations that have participated in SOAR Gatekeeper trainings over the past several months: Alaska Laundry & Dry Cleaners, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Community Resource Network, Debbie’s Hair Studio, Diabetes Support Group, Douglas Depot, Douglas Postal Office, Dr. Charles Schultz’ Office, Filipino Community, Inc., Gourmet Alaska, Hearthside Books, Little Mermaid, L&L Hair Salon, Louie’s Pulltabs, Maid in Juneau, Martha’s Weddings & Flowers, Miss Scarlett’s Greenery, Payless Shoe Store, P.E.O. Chapter G, Seaside Yarns, Shear Design, Sweetheart Gems and the Travelodge.
Additionally, SOAR Gatekeeper Program Manager Josielind A. Ferrer traveled to Hoonah in June and trained these businesses: Air Excursions, Colette’s Cupboard, Hoonah Baptist Mission, Hoonah City Offices, Hoonah Health Center – SEARHC, Hoonah Indian Association, Hoonah Police Department, Hoonah Senior Center, Hoonah Trading, Icy Strait Lodge, Icy Strait Point Gift Shop, Misty Bay Lodge, Salvation Army, The Office Bar, Tideline Tackle and Wings of Alaska.
SOAR Gatekeepers help to make our community safer by becoming keen observers of elders’ personal appearance, conditions of the home, mental and emotional states, physical losses, social problems, personality changes, economic problems, caregiver stress, alcohol and other drug involvement, and risk factors of suicide, any of which may indicate an older adult needs assistance. If your business or organization would like to receive SOAR Gatekeeper training, please contact Ferrer in the Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center at 463-6177 to schedule this short but important training. Together we can assist the elders of Juneau’s community to remain independent and at home for as long as possible.
Marianne Mills, Director
Southeast Senior Services