By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities in Delaware say a program that calls seniors to check on their welfare has helped a woman who was having a medical emergency.

The New Castle County Police department is crediting its Senior Roll Call Lifeline with helping the woman. The free program calls residents, many of whom live alone, daily to check in.

Police say on Friday a volunteer received an answering machine numerous times when calling a client. When the volunteer couldn’t reach the woman, she called a family member who went over to the woman’s residence to check on her. The family member found the woman had fallen and was suffering from a medical illness.

The woman was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.

New Castle County began the program in the 1990s.

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