By Sneha Tipnis
Life is indeed a very beautiful journey! But it tends to slow down during one’s silver age (An endearing term for life during one’s old age). The elderly become more sensitive during their silver age. They need special care and attention at every moment since waking up in the morning!! It is fantastic if you are a healthy, active & energetic senior citizen! But some seniors find it difficult to cope with their daily tasks during this delicate, silver age. So, here’s a way out for you to enjoy every moment of your silver life with a team of trained, positive & caring volunteers!!
Another assisted living, non-profit, senior living community called Eskaton (Watch video) is situated in the greater Sacramento area, California, U.S.A. It was founded in 1968 and at present, it is the largest nonprofit, community-based organization which serves 12,000 seniors annually in the Greater Sacramento area. In 2016, Eskaton won the highest honour of Sacramento region’s most health-conscious employer in the category - medium-size organization. Team Eskaton won it for the third consecutive year. The term, Eskaton, itself means ‘Dawn of a new day.’ Their committed and dedicated team provides a unique range of services and support (Click this link) for this senior community. So, their core purpose is ensuring the dawn of a new age for innovative health, housing and social services.
Team Eskaton which consists of 2000 staff actively provides personalized care and services like nursing, short-term rehabilitation, community living till in-home services. Team Eskaton is formed of physicians, therapists, licensed nurses, nursing assistants and dieticians. The Home Support services are comprised of programs like Live Well at Home, Transportation plus etc. Out of these, the Live Well at Home provides individual, home care support for older or disabled senior citizens. This support is provided to them at their homes or in an independent/ assisted living, skilled nursing or hospitals. At all these places, the required assistance is provided to the resident elderly for maintaining a safe and independent lifestyle. A detailed, free care assessment is conducted by Team Eskaton to cater for the customized needs and interests of the Sacramento community. The ‘Live Well at Home’ is inclusive of facilities like companion services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, nutrition & dining services, household services, transitional care, home safety assessments, evaluation of cognitive and emotional well-being, special care for Dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, community engagement & recreational activities etc. This Care Management is efficiently tackled by a team of skilful volunteers and Care Managers like licensed nurses and social workers.
There is another, well established and California (U.S.) based foundation called Caregivers - Volunteers assisting the elderly (Click link to watch video of Tammy Glenn, Executive Director, Caregivers.) It was founded in 1984 with a grant from the Interfaith Council on Aging and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Consequently, it successfully served hundreds of seniors in 6 cities all over the Ventura County which ranks among one of the largest aging populations in entire U.S. Since 1984, Caregivers (Click link to know more) has diligently taken care of nearly 3,000 elderly, frail and homebound residents of Ventura County. These elderly clients are beyond 60 years of age and suffer from several chronic, age-centric problems like decreased mobility, loneliness and absence of income. Therefore, Caregivers stepped in for their help. Their mission of Caregivers’ volunteers is to promote sound health, well-being, dignity and independence of the elderly. In order to do so they have been offering non-professional and non-medical services. The volunteers at Caregivers are meticulously trained ones who work for 2 to 4 hours per week to accompany, help the Ventura seniors live independently. These volunteers carry out gardening or minor household tasks which become difficult, tiresome for aging elders. During this process, they build strong personal relationships to emotionally support the community of elders. Also, high school students assist the elderly at their home under an intergenerational program called ‘Building Bridges.’ These students perform the cumbersome tasks like yard work, sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows etc. for the elderly.
Thus, the above examples truly show that volunteers are indeed the true peers of senior citizens!!
Sneha Tipnis is a freelance writer from India. She writes content for websites, brochures, resumes, blogs and social media updates. She’s an English Literature Graduate and Masters in Educational Technology – Computer Applications (MET-CA). She has worked in the e learning industry for a year pertaining to Masters Degree. She’s a student of The Writers Bureau (A renowned Writing College in UK), Manchester, London.