Volunteer to Drive: How A Home Health Agency Can Help
- Organization: ITNSarasota
- Causes: Seniors
- Date(s): Any
- Contact person: Caroline Chambliss
- Phone: 941.364.7529
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.seniorcaresarasota.com
Sarasota, FL, June 20, 2012-Right at Home, leading provider of In Home Care and Assistance, launched a program with ITN (Independent Transportation Network) Sarasota to help the organization continue to grow the number of rides provided to seniors by donating the services of a caregiver one shift per week. “The need in this community is unlimited,” according to ITNSarasota’s executive director Caroline Chambliss. “We currently provide approximately 400 rides per year, but the demand for rides increases weekly.” Riders are charged a $50 annual fee and an average of $10 a trip but the fee covers only about 30 percent of cost.
“This is one of the most unique and innovative “sponsorships” we’ve received to date,” said Chambliss. “Michael Juceam, Owner, has given the best gift possible by paying one of his caregivers who provide in home care to work a shift to help our nonprofit organization. Right at Home’s caregivers will provide dignified affordable rides for seniors who might be home instead.”
“Many of our most busiest caregivers requested to be assigned as an ITN driver because they knew they were helping fill a void in our community. Our caregivers regularly provide transportation to those who need in home care, helping seniors overcome the daily challenges of maintaining independence and they witness first hand what happens emotionally and mentally to individuals who are completely home bound”, according to Juceam.
While senior transportation poses a potential safety risk, driving cessation presents its own set of health risks for the elderly. The isolation and dependence on others associated with no longer being able to drive oneself have adverse public health consequences forseniors, such as depression, poor quality of life and loss of self-identity.
Senior mobility affects everyone:
Sarasota County has the largest percentage of older adults in the nation for counties + 250,000. • By 2012, approximately 10,000 American will turn 65 every day, and by 2030 our overall senior population will reach nearly 71 million (Center for Disease Control &; The Merck Foundation). • More than 30 million senior drivers aged 65 and older are on the road today (NHTSA). • Seniors outlive their ability to drive: 10 years for women and 6 years for men. • Today’s older Americans are among the most active and community-engaged seniors in our nation’s history; mobility and independence are essential to preserve those activities.
About Right at Home
Right at Home Sarasota is a locally owned and operated by Michael Juceam and serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors and past president of the Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN) and the Manatee Aging Network (MAN). Michael also services on committees supporting activities of the Senior Friendship Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and Lutheran Services. He also serves on the Board of the Florida Chapter of the National Private Duty Association. For more information, please contact Right at Home at seniorcaresarasota.com
941-929-1966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITNSarasota is one of 28 affiliates in communities nationwide that replicates the successful nonprofit membership organization launched in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago. ITNSarasota is one of the fastest growing non- profits in Sarasota County. For ITN to fulfill its nonprofit mission, it needs volunteer drivers. Volunteers can work as much or as little as their schedule allows. The fees paid by riders provide about 30 percent of the cost of the ride and the remaining 70 percent is covered through fundraising efforts. For more information, to become a Volunteer Driver, donate a car or make a tax-deductible gift to ITNSarasota, please call (941) 364-7529 or visit www.itnsarasota.org.