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Caring for Our Seniors

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:59

Too often, seniors who have spent their entire lives living in the hills and hollows of Appalachia find themselves isolated, and in homes that are deteriorating. Many live alone and they are often without the basic essentials necessary to survive. As their children enter adulthood, they often move away to find work, so visits from family and friends are few and far between for the seniors. By assisting these elders with home visits, CAP staff and volunteers can identify areas where help is necessary and offer support for basic needs. CAP assists seniors to bring relief to their hardships through home visits, respite services, prescription assistance, food aid and home repair. CAP also offers opportunities for senior participants to enjoy fellowship with friends throughout the year, especially during the holidays.

With spring weather approaching, it is almost time for CAP’s annual YouthFest and WorkFest programs to begin. Through these programs, high school and college students offer help during their spring breaks, assisting seniors and families living in desperate situations with critical home repairs. As a result, seniors who are often struggling to survive are provided safe, warm and secure housing, along with a helping hand and the presence of smiling volunteers. Volunteers take time to sit and visit, and even share a meal, while they labor together with the participant to repair their home.

CAP’s elderly assistance programs provide critical care along with the peace of mind for a brighter future. In the process, friendships are formed and bonds are made, feeding the souls of participants, volunteers and employees alike. CAP works hard to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors living in desperate need in Appalachia.

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