Checking In on Seniors During this Heat Wave

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

On this hot day, Carolyn Robinson is packing up the cold lunch trays she'll be taking to 20 seniors on her route. She's been delivering meals for the Washoe County Senior Nutrition Program for nearly a year. And the people she visits have become more than just friends.

"I'm kind of part of the family," she says.

That's why it's important for her - on days like this - to check on their well-being.

"You know, sometimes, i'm the only person they see once a week," says Robinson.

One of the people she visits is a grandmother in Lemmon Valley, who looks forward to their time together every Wednesday.

"She knows when I don't feel well," says the woman. "And she knows when I do."

"Our home delivery program is a great linkage to a lot of folks that have a hard time getting out. And those drivers - while they're delivering the meals - have the opportunity to talk to folks and make sure they're doing okay. If there are issues, they can report back to a social worker and we can make additional linkages to them," says Nancy Cummings of Washoe County Senior Services.

Seniors who need assistance during this heat can call Washoe County Senior Services during normal business hours at 775-328-2575 to see what resources are available.

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