Menlo Park, CA February 28, 2017 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) is the recipient of two Community Grants from Sequoia Hospital to support the health and wellness of San Mateo County older adults through the Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services programs. Altogether more than $100,000 in grants was awarded to San Mateo County organizations on February 14.
Meals on Wheels is part of the collaborative, Supportive Services at Home, which provides a seamless continuum of care, ensuring individuals have access to medical care, nutritious meals, and home care to support their health, safety, and emotional well-being. Other organizations in the collaborative are Samaritan House and Home Helpers Home Care. “For newly discharged Sequoia Hospital patients, our collaborative will provide critical services to help them recuperate without stress—meals, medical counseling, transportation, and home care. They will be able to concentrate on regaining their health,” according to Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of Nutrition Services for PVI.
Rosener House Adult Day Services is part of the Memory Care and Caregiving Collaborative, which addresses the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, particularly the under-served and disenfranchised, and their caregivers. Others in the collaborative are the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Association, Inc., Family Caregiver Alliance, and Catholic Charities Adult Day Services. As Barbara Kalt, Director of Rosener House stated, “We know there is a growing need for assistance and education around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. San Mateo County has a higher percentage of older adults than other counties in California and also a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease. Our collaborative supports and educates families dealing with this, and we seek to improve their health and quality of life.”
Two other collaboratives receiving grants are the Health Advocacy Outreach Program, connecting unsheltered, medically fragile homeless or marginally housed with critically needed support services, and the Pacific Islander Health Ambassador Program, which educates on the importance of fitness, diet, nutrition and accessing health care in order to reduce diabetes and pre-diabetes.
For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives. As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness. PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. www.penvol.org
About Sequoia Hospital
Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas. www.dignityhealth.org/sequoia.