LCEMS Elder-Check Program

On March 1, 2003, Laurens County Emergency Medical Service began a new program aimed at assisting the elderly citizens of Laurens County. Called LCEMS Elder-Check, the program offers daily telephone contacts and weekly in-person visits to elderly residents who live alone. The program presently operates in the Western Laurens / Hickory Tavern areas of the county. The free service is designed to give a sense of security to those who may not have family or friends to keep check on their welfare.

“Our older citizens are a valuable and respected asset to our community, said former Director Chad Burrell.  As we go about our daily duties of caring for the sick and injured, we have noticed that there are a significant number of older people who are trying to live independently with little help from outside sources. We feel that EMS can provide them with a feeling that someone cares.”

The Elder-Check program is currently the responsibility of Lieutenant Bobbie Blakley. Utilizing the Paramedic staffed Rescue truck stationed in this rural area of the county, the program is based on the principal of pre-planning, an idea widely used in the fire service.

“We want to get to know the people we serve before an emergency situation arises.” said Paramedic Clem, the former Elder Check Program Coordinator. “By becoming familiar with them and their location, we can reduce our response times and also be prepared for any unusual circumstances that we might encounter. In addition, we can make sure they are taking their medications correctly, check for safety hazards to prevent falls and other injuries, and generally give them a chance to know EMS outside of the typical emergency situation. Our daily telephone checks give them a sense of security and the weekly in-person visits will allow us to monitor their health a little closer.”

LCEMS is currently accepting a limited number of participants in the Western Laurens/Hickory Tavern area.

If you know of someone who would benefit from this program in other areas please contact Lt. Bobbie Blakley at:

LCEMS Ride-Along Program

A community ride along program is available for citizens of Laurens County who wish to witness first hand what is involved in providing emergency care in the streets. We think it is extremely important to allow the citizens the opportunity to learn about the daily operations of their Emergency Medical Services.

To schedule a ride along time, please contact Education Coordinator, Rick Hequembourg at:

864-984-1497

rhequembourg@co.laurens.sc.us