“Imagine if you could help our Steele County seniors live independently and remain engaged in their community.”
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Healthy Seniors of Steele County volunteers visit seniors in the comfort of their own homes, providing an opportunity for friendship and fellowship. Our volunteers are matched with seniors, providing the support system that many seniors are in need of.
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In 2011, Maynard’s wife, Dorothy, was seriously ill, and Maynard called Healthy Seniors of Steele County for some respite relief. A volunteer came to their home to relieve Maynard, but that lasted a short time as Maynard soon lost his wide to cancer.
Living alone in the community with no family nearby, Maynard needed some help with many areas so that he could remain in his own home. Our program found the perfect volunteer for Maynard.
The gentlemen have formed a close bond, and the volunteer is “on call” at all times for Maynard. He has taken Maynard’s car in for service, taken many rides together around the community, gone our for lunch, told stories, stayed with Maynard during doctor’s and dentist's appointments. Maynard’s volunteer is a handy man and is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep Maynard living safely and independently in his home and to help him stay connected to his community. Recently they enjoyed a fun outing together: going to vote.
Maynard says his friend gives him a “sense of security”/ He changes Maynard’s light bulbs, fixes the air conditioning, and even upgraded Maynard’s walker. One time Maynard became very weak and his volunteer, who lives about a block away rushed over and took Maynard to the hospital. Our volunteer stayed by Maynard’s side until family arrived from our of town.
Healthy Senior’s volunteer had helped his father the same way and says how he enjoys Maynard and is glad to be of service to him and doing things together. Our volunteer calls himself an advocate for Maynard and loves what he does.