Difficult and Uncertain Times for Seniors and Caregivers

This is an excerpt from the Almanac and the complete article can be read here

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that operates Little House, an activity center for seniors, and Rosener House, which provides adult day care for people experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, has temporarily closed its facilities, according to CEO and Executive Director Peter Olson.

“We didn’t want to expose anyone to anything,” he said in an interview.

Normally, caregivers who work with people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease use Rosener House as a respite service, dropping off their family member for care during the day while they get a break to take care of other matters, including work.

Without it, caregivers in particular are left with fewer resources for managing their care responsibilities. Caregiving for family members with these conditions is already stressful, even without the stress that the coronavirus is generating for everyone, Olson explained.

“Caregivers out there are increasingly in need of support,” he added. “We’re doing everything we can to continue some sort of support.”

One service that hasn’t been halted is a support group for caregivers, he added. That program has gone online and the group, led by social workers, continues to meet via Zoom. In addition, the nonprofit continues to operate its Meals on Wheels program, delivering 600 meals a day to homebound seniors on the Peninsula, with additional precautions to minimize contact. And Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is working on finding more ways to provide classes and support programs virtually, he added.

 

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