Gatekeepers – Creating a Bridge to Wellness
What is the Gatekeeper Program?
What is the older adult program? Many of our seniors live in our community with little or no support systems, such as family or friends to act on their behalf. The Gatekeeper program helps by connecting them to the help they need to maintain their safety and independence.
When a Gatekeeper refers an older adult to the program they receive our Needs Assessment and Care Management Services. These services identify need supports and services, and connection to the appropriate community services for safety, health and quality of life.
Who are Gatekeepers?
A Gatekeeper is any community member who provides a service or has a trust relationship with an older adult.
Why You Should Be a Gatekeeper
- The training will equip you to better handle challenging situations involving seniors and/or mentally ill consumers.
- Your organization will be more proficient, even while handling challenging situations with consumers who aren’t well or may show disruptive behaviors due to illness.
- Employees will have increased civic involvement by positively impacting the community, with little time or effort in the normal course of business.
- Your organization will receive recognition as a community Gatekeeper organization through newsletter and our website.
- Each trainee will receive a certificate of completion and will find pride and satisfaction in having an honorable role in the community.
- All participants will be treated to good food and fun gifts, which create an enjoyable and rewarding experience for your team training.
- Your team will be provided with helpful resource information that can be used for helping your consumers or even to help their own families.
What is expected of Gatekeepers?
- To show honor and care
- Recognize when a person may need assistance.
- Connect the person to help by making a referral to Compass ShiningCare.
- Gatekeepers are not expected to assume the professional role of social worker or counselor, but simply to be watchful in the course of daily business and help connect. The Gatekeeper is essential in identifying people in trouble or potential trouble.
What to Expect from the Gatekeeper Training
- The training will be provided during a convenient time for you.
- Trainings are conducted at the location of your choice. We have a training space available or we will come to your desired location.
- Trainings are offered in as little as one hour, thirty minutes or even a 15 minute break, whichever best suits your organization’s needs.
- You are not expected to be counselors or social workers, but simply to be aware of and identify when a consumer is not well and may need assistance from a professional.
- Gatekeepers are equipped to connect consumers to help with a one step, easy referral process.
For more information contact: 530.232.5543
The Older Adult Gatekeeper Program is a partnership with Shasta County Health & Human Services and is funded by Shasta County Mental Health Services Act.