Having community agencies that gainfully employ individuals who sit in their office and know rules that govern seniors is commendable.
That’s like promising to walk a block, go half way, then jump into a car for the rest of it. A senior living alone in a cluttered, or unkempt living environment is very apparent to a “Meals on Wheels” volunteer. Some volunteers may be seniors too. Basic services are more than hygiene and medication. It includes a few minutes of companionship, a smile, a hug and other expressions of caring.
Sometimes, the “Meals on Wheels” person is the only contact that a senior has with anyone. Do the agencies dealing with seniors have a list of those living alone? And, is there a follow-up to see how well the senior is doing? As a community, are we really taking care of those who lovingly took care of us during our formative years?
Ann Ruiz, Atwater