WHO WE ARE
Nevada Rural Counties Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides trained volunteers that assist seniors and others in need with lifesaving services, including door-to-door transportation, companionship, respite, caregiver relief, food, housekeeping, personal emergency response systems, pro bono legal assistance, Veterans resources and more.
RSVP helps seniors maintain their dignity, self-respect and independence, and avoid costly long-term institutional care.
- 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.
In 2018 RSVP’s dedicated volunteers and staff provided 9,700 seniors and others in need with the following services:
- Home Companion volunteers provided support to help meet basic needs such as reading, talking, and everyday acts of kindness to 1,251 clients. This emotional support is so critical to frail and homebound elderly persons who are struggling to stay in their own homes.
- Homemakers provided 135 clients with 3,108 hours of housekeeping services which makes for a clean, healthy and hygienic living condition for frail seniors.
- Escorted Transportation volunteers provided 1,287 seniors and adults with disabilities with essential trips to medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, groceries, and socialization outings.
- The CARE Law Program attorney provided 1,158 low-income seniors with 1,055 hours of pro bono legal services such as wills, guardianships, powers of attorney, and more.
- Respite Care volunteers provided 8,880 hours of respite (breaks) to 224 caregivers and care recipients. Respite volunteers provide caregivers with breaks 2-4 hours or more per week, which reduces caregiver stress and offers care recipients with someone new to socialize and share time.
- Lifeline personal emergency response systems were installed and maintained in the homes of 295 seniors, giving them immediate access to emergency services to help improve their self-sufficiency and independence.
- Elder Exercise Program volunteers provided 51 seniors with light weight exercise, improving their mobility and cognitive ability, strength, muscle mass, and help prevent falls and disabling disease.
- Senior Farmers Market Coupons were distributed to 625 low-income seniors to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. RSVP administers the program in Nevada, providing coupons to an extra 4,600 seniors statewide.
- Food Distribution and Drop was provided to 1,116 seniors to provide nutritional supplements and help reduce hunger.
- Volunteer Stations RSVP matches the talents of individuals with broader community needs, providing 40,929 volunteer hours to health care facilities, government agencies, and community non-profits.
New and Expanded Programs:
- RSVP expanded its Respite and Transportation programs to reach adults (aged 18 and older) with disabilities.
- RSVP implemented the Veterans Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) Program, utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members in 2016-2017. VIP assists Veterans with independent living programs, peer-to-peer connections, suicide prevention resources and Veterans resources.
- RSVP is part of Dementia Friendly Nevada, providing services that are informed, safe, respectful and inclusive of persons living with dementia and their Care Partners.
- RSVP launched a pilot project, “Friends Day Out” featuring Java Music Club, which offers hands-on fun learning for persons living with Alzheimer’s, other forms of Dementia, Cancer, COPD, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, and many other conditions.