WAUKEGAN – ElderCARE Lake County is seeking volunteers to make assurance calls to the older adults it serves. ElderCARE’s in-person friendly visits program has been temporarily suspended during the coronavirus pandemic until at least mid-April.
Volunteers are needed to call an older adult at least two times per week to engage in conversation and to find out if any assistance accessing food, prescriptions or medical care is needed.
“We know that social isolation can lead to more significant mental and physical health problems, particularly in the elderly,” ElderCARE Executive Director Jackie Lynn said in a news release. “We hope that by temporarily transitioning our friendly visits to phone conversations, we can continue to engage older adults and assess what needs they might have during this time.”
ElderCARE’s mission is to help adults ages 65 and over remain as healthy and independent as possible. Through its committed and active volunteers, ElderCARE provides unique and necessary services free of charge to help low-income older adults age in place and delay or avoid moving to a more institutional setting. ElderCARE does this by providing escorted transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping services and friendly visits.
Any individual interested in receiving or providing friendly visits should contact ElderCARE Lake County at 847-406-4683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.