Ways We Help Older Adults

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Assisted Living Locators Marks Older Americans Month with Senior Care Advisors Volunteerism
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nations observance of Older Americans Month, recognizing our growing population of older Americans and their contributions to our communities.
Assisted Living Locators, a leading senior care placement firm, will mark the event by celebrating its senior care advisors volunteerism in communities nationwide. In honor of this years Older American Months theme, Connect, Create and Contribute, the company is sharing inspiring ways their advisors support older adults.
Connecting with A Single Rose Shannon Avazian, an Assisted Living Locators Santa Clarita senior care advisor, has a special place in her heart for each senior she meets, knowing they need extra care and compassion. Shannon brought a single rose to her very first senior she helped find long term care and it brought tears to both her and the seniors eyes. She still continues this special service today as her way to give back to seniors in her community.
Creating Art to Raise Awareness
A long-time committee member for the Alzheimer's Association Art Canvas Drive, Assisted Living Locators Omaha senior care advisor Nikki Wulff reaches out to her local care partners to donate canvases painted by their residents with Alzheimer's or Dementia. Nikki collects the art canvases from dozens of communities for the Dementia Care Conference silent auction, raising funds and promoting awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia in her community.
Contributing in Small Ways Can Make A Big Difference
BJ Bounds, an Assisted Living Locators Southeast Dallas senior care advisor, started her own volunteer organization in 2004 to teach adults and children how to prepare for disasters and now helps local first responders assist older adults in times of disasters. Her volunteer group also provides and installs window air conditioning units to seniors in need. BJ provides an annual safety/ID theft class to senior citizens and teaches classes on how to pay for senior living.
For five years, Assisted Living Locators North Georgia senior care advisor Greg Santini has worked with his church's homebound ministry. Once a month, he visits a group of seniors that cant make it to Sunday mass. Greg brings them communion, listens to their stories, or sometimes just lets them tell him how bad they feel. Recently, he became involved with Meals on Wheels, a volunteer program that delivers food to seniors that have no transportation to buy groceries. Greg enjoys working in his community to support his seniors in any way he can.
Assisted Living Locators has an outstanding community culture, said Angela Olea, Assisted Living Locators CEO RN. Our senior care advisors go above and beyond to serve seniors and their families. Their compassion and problem-solving skills are the biggest asset of our company. Were dedicated to providing no cost help to seniors and their families to find the right care options.

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