Building community competence: The role of gatekeepers in preventing late life tragedies


Type:  Report
Author:  Quinnett, Paul
Publisher:  QPR Institute, Inc.

This article describes one approach to a community-based suicide prevention program for home-dwelling and impaired at-risk elders. By training public and private citizens in surveillance, detection and referral skills, isolated and at-risk elders were identified for home visits by professional service providers. These trained “gatekeepers” become a life-saving link in the delivery of essential medical, psychiatric and social support services.

Populations:  Older Adults
Strategies:  Gatekeeper Training