Tender Loving Care for Seniors (TLC) Program offers periodic volunteer visitors at no fee, to assist seniors to live comfortably in their own home.
Activities might include:
- Support seniors to achieve goals for health and self-care
- Connections to other services in the community as needed
The Tender Loving Care for Seniors (TLC) start-up nonprofit has been training volunteers to assist vulnerable seniors who wish to remain in their own homes and apartments. These non- medical visits include companionship/friendship, respite for senior’s caregivers, coordination of care such as connecting seniors to services such as home health, home repair and transportation. TLC works closely with Chelan Valley Community Nurse Michelle Jerome, Health Homes Nurse Coordinator Jill Milner, Chelan Valley Hope and others. TLC sponsored a May 2018 event where 9 local seniors had applications processed for Link Plus, a service which allows them to access low cost ($3 roundtrip) door-to-door transportation to medical appointments and shopping. TLC also is improving food security by assessing client’s needs and obtaining home-delivered meals or delivering food boxes to homebound clients.
TLC Coordinator Claudia Swenson has trained 27 volunteers (25 active) and assessed 37 clients for TLC care. Clients are fragile; we have had 4 deaths and 9 have become inactive due to a number of issues. In the first 7 months (October 1, 2017- April 30,2018), TLC provided 257 visits, 520 hrs of visits and traveled 2566 miles, about 10miles/visit. The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation has covered the cost of two volunteers for 2018. Our volunteers and clients really enjoy each other. Client/volunteer relationships are making a difference: one client’s clinical “depression score” went from severe daily symptoms to normal range; another client is getting help with computer and motorcycle issues besides having a new friend.
Families needing respite care are being supported by generous volunteers who may provide a 2-4 hour visit to allow the caregiver to run errands, shop or even continue to do a volunteer job they love. All client visits and client information is held confidentially.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-687-3377
Chelan Valley Hope, P O Box 635, 417 S. Bradley Street, Chelan, WA 98816 sponsors this