Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc. (RSVP) is dedicated to helping frail, homebound, and low-income seniors remain independent by providing high quality programs which allow them to stay in their homes with dignity. Additionally, RSVP coordinates a volunteer network of seniors who use their skills and talents to provide support to community agencies and address community needs through service.
- In the decade 2000 to 2010, Nevada’s population of adults age 60 and older increased by 56.3 percent to 475,283 – an increase of 171,212 seniors compared with only a 22 percent increase of this age group nationwide.
- Maintaining independence delivers a more cost efficient care system – decreasing premature and out-of-state nursing home placements.
- Isolated homebound elderly are more vulnerable to depression, self-neglect, elder abuse/fraud, and suicide.
- Volunteerism supports positive health outcomes because socialization is ranked as a key factor in healthy aging, as well as staying active and healthy nutrition.
- Medical science and other research have shown that older adults who volunteer frequently live longer and report less disability.
How We Help Keep Our Seniors At Home – With the Care They Deserve
In 2016 RSVP’s dedicated team of volunteers and staff provided 9,237 RSVP clients and low-income seniors with the following services:
- Home Companion basic needs assistance such as reading, talking, and spending time with clients was given to 191 seniors who received 4,751 hours of care. This emotional support is so critical to frail and homebound elderly persons who are struggling to stay in their own homes.
- Homemakers provided 154 clients with 7,852 hours of housekeeping services which makes for a clean, healthy and hygienic living condition for frail seniors.
- Escorted Transportation volunteers provided 17,381 trips to medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, groceries, and to socialization outings to 414 seniors and adults with disabilities.
- The CARE Law Program attorney provided 1,349 low-income seniors with 57 volunteer support hours and 1,349 professional service hours for pro bono legal services such as wills, guardianships, powers of attorney, and more.
- Respite Care volunteers provided 22,288 hours of respite (breaks) to 302 caregivers and care recipients. Respite allows for the reduction of stress of the caregiver and someone new to share thoughts and ideas with for the care recipient. Working together, a care partnership is formed where the one being cared for is at the center of the relationship. Family, volunteers, health care workers and the community all support each other.
- Lifeline personal emergency response systems were installed and maintained in the homes of 287 seniors giving them increased self-sufficiency and confidence that they are able to remain independent.
- Resistance Exercise Training volunteers taught 125 seniors exercises with light weights that help them build strength, gain muscle mass, increase balance and cognitive ability.
- Senior Farmers Market Coupons were distributed by RSVP volunteers to 625 low-income seniors to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. RSVP administers the program that provided coupons to an extra 5,130 seniors statewide. Food Distribution and Drop was provided to 1,241 seniors, and 2,324 hours of services were provided.
- Veterans VIP provided 61 Veterans with 5,618 hours of RSVP Independent Living program services.
New and Expanded Programs:
RSVP has expanded its Respite Care program to include adults (aged 18 and older) with a disability. Additionally, a new Veterans’ Volunteers in Partnership (Veterans’ VIP) Program has been implemented utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members. This program is designed to assist Veterans of all ages with suicide prevention and awareness in partnership with the Nevada Office of Suicide prevention. Veterans will also have access to assistance and services that they need to be lifted out of poverty.
Keeping seniors in their own homes is not only the right thing to do, it is the most fiscally sound way to handle the needs of those struggling to remain independent.