Chesterfield Triad is a partnership among the county's Sheriff's Office, Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Senior Advocate, senior organizations and individuals from the community. It strives to educate seniors and caregivers about programs, services, techniques and systems that help prevent crime against seniors and improve their quality of life.
Chesterfield Triad gives seniors a voice when it comes to their personal safety and security and offers them an opportunity to socialize while learning ways to be safe and secure.
Why Is Triad necessary?
Triad is an integral part of community policing, with a focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for older adults. Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the population. One in every eight Americans is already age 65 or older. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system as most communities experience a dramatic increase in the number of older adults. Nationwide, 95 percent of seniors live independently.
What role does Triad play in the community?
We educate … By sponsoring crime prevention programs for older adults.
We assist … By recruiting and training volunteers to assist with Senior Day and other programs.
We reach out … By offering older adults helpful programs and service information to reduce fear and give moral support.
We communicate … By providing a forum for older adults to share needs and concerns in the community.
Volunteers are needed to fulfill our programs and to add more programs. There are currently hundreds of Triad volunteers across the Commonwealth of Virginia who assist with Triad activities on a regular basis. Chesterfield Triad is blessed with an active volunteer base which includes older adults as well as county employees who work to bring programs to the community.
Volunteers help in many ways. Volunteers can assist with finding local speakers, with getting the word out in Chesterfield when a workshop or special event is coming up, helping with workshops, helping to man the Triad table at events and talking about our programs, securing funding for special projects and events, and helping with Senior Day in May. None of these programs could proceed without the tireless dedication of the volunteers who make these programs and activities possible.
Programs and Services for older adults include:
- Providing programs on how to avoid criminal victimization, frauds and scams, home security information and elder abuse prevention.
- File of Life program: The program was developed by Triad to quickly and accurately provide important medical facts in the midst of a life-threatening emergency. Sometimes a patient in a medical emergency is unable to communicate important medical facts about themselves. The File of Life provides responding emergency personnel with a quick and accurate medical history. It is Free!
Each File of Life kit contains a blank medical card, plastic pocket and a decal. The card should be filled out in pencil, to allow changes, with the patient's name, medical history, prescription information, and emergency medical contact numbers. The medical card slips into the plastic magnetic pocket that protects the card and the patient's privacy. The entire magnetic pocket is attached to the outside of the refrigerator. The small, highly-visual decal is then attached to the front door or window to alert emergency personnel to the presence of the File of Life program.
- Home Security Survey: Seniors residing in the county can learn how to improve their home security by arranging for police or sheriff's personnel to conduct a free home-security survey.
- Senior Citizens Police Academy: Participants can learn about the things the Chesterfield Police Department does to make our community safer.
- Senior Citizen Safety Programs: Chesterfield County's older adults may participate in safety and fraud-prevention programs offered by various county departments, the Better Business Bureau and the Office of the Attorney General.
- Senior Day: Held on the first Wednesday in May, this free event presents a safety program and entertainment, while hosting 65 vendors that provide services for older adults.
- Seniors in Touch: Adults aged 60 and older, who live alone and do not have family members living within a 60-mile radius, may have a representative of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office call or visit them weekly.
- Telephone Reassurance: Older adults and disabled adults who live alone or feel isolated may sign up to have volunteers from the Senior Advocate's office call them on a daily or weekly basis to verify their well-being.
- Yellow Dot Program: (coming soon) In the event of an accident, a Yellow Dot sticker on the rear window of a vehicle informs first responders that the glove compartment contains important medical information about the driver.
To prevent Elder Abuse:
- Be sure to investigate sources of elder care thoroughly.
- Look around at the facilities and other patients.
- Check the background of anyone who offers personal home care.
- Do not be afraid to report elder abuse.
- Contact Adult Protective Services (888-832-3858) if you suspect abuse.
To prevent Consumer Fraud:
- Always take your time when making a financial decision. Do not be afraid to say "NO".
- Beware of give-away and free prizes. There is usually a catch.
- Offers that sound too good to be true usually are.
- Report consumer fraud to the Attorney General's Office and Chesterfield Police.
For Personal Safety:
- Have a buddy system with your neighbors and join a Neighborhood Watch program.
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
- Lock up, even when you're home.
- Do not open your door to strangers.
- If you or someone you know becomes a victim, call Chesterfield Police immediately.
Become Involved! Join Chesterfield Triad
Chesterfield TRIAD Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at Police Support Services, 2730 Hicks Road, Richmond. For more info, contact the Senior Advocate at 804-768-7878 or Lt. Lawrence Taylor at 804-717-6266.
Important Phone Numbers and Web Sites
- Better Business Bureau Senior Fraud Program - 804-780-2222
- Do Not Call Registry - 888-382-1222
- Fire/EMS Community Programs Section - 804-748-1426
- Medicaid Fraud Control Unit - 800-371-0824
- Office of the Senior Advocate - 804-768-7878
- Police Department Crime Prevention Section - 804-318-8699
- State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance - 877-310-6560
- Sheriff's Office, Community Relations Office - 804-717-6266
- Virginia Consumer Protection Section - 804-786-2042
- Virginia Triad