WHO WE ARE
Nevada Rural Counties Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) mission is to provide Lifesaving Volunteer Programs that help Seniors Maintain their Dignity, Self-Respect & Independence. RSVP provides volunteers that are trained to assist seniors and others in need with door-to-door transportation, companionship, respite care, caregiver relief, food, housekeeping, personal emergency response systems, pro bono legal assistance, and Veterans resources.
- 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 2019 RSVP volunteers provided 9,529 seniors and others in need with 89,303 hours of service in Nevada.
- Home Companion volunteers provided support to help meet basic needs such as reading, talking, and everyday acts of kindness to 422 clients. This emotional support is so critical to frail and homebound elderly persons who are struggling to stay in their own homes.
- Homemakers provided 136 clients with 6,680 hours of housekeeping services which makes for a clean, healthy and hygienic living condition for frail seniors.
- Escorted Transportation volunteers provided 1,603 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 1,005 low-income seniors with 980 hours of pro bono legal services such as wills, guardianships, powers of attorney, and more.
- Respite Care volunteers provided 19,240 hours of respite (breaks) to 226 caregivers and care recipients. Respite volunteers provide caregivers with breaks 2-4 hours or more per week, which reduces caregiver stress. Care recipients have someone new to socialize and share thoughts and feelings while receiving assistance to achieve their highest level of independence.
- Lifeline & PERS personal emergency response systems were installed and maintained in the homes of 238 seniors, giving them immediate access to emergency services to help improve their self-sufficiency and independence.
- Elder Exercise Program volunteers provided 37 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 680 low-income seniors to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. RSVP helps administer the program in Nevada, providing coupons to an extra 4,755 seniors statewide.
- Food Distribution and Drop was provided to 809 seniors to provide nutritional supplements and help reduce hunger.
- Senior Arts & Crafts Program reached 21 seniors to offer opportunities for creative expression, socialization & enrichment.
- Volunteer Stations RSVP matches the talents of individuals with broader community needs, providing 38,985 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 VIP Program in 2016, utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA VIP assists Veterans with independent living programs, peer-to-peer connections, suicide prevention resources, and veteran 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 “Friends Day Out” featuring Java Music Club in 2019, which is an innovative program designed to provide caregivers and their loved ones with meaningful socialization and peer-support group activity.