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Friendly Volunteers Can Make Someone's Day

Like many people living in Northwest Ohio, Linda, now age 69 years-young, has lived in her small town of Ottawa her entire life. Linda worked for Phillips TV for over 32 years. Unfortunately, Linda has a history of nursing home stays because of a car accident in 1998, then due to falls in both 2008 and 2015, which resulted in a broken hip.

Linda has been receiving services through the Area Agency on Aging 3's Care Coordination Program for the past 2 ½ years. Prior to such, walking was limited, and she often had frequent falls. Linda receives assistance from both family and paid caregivers. Linda’s brother stops in daily to check her mail, assist with bills, and takes out the trash. Linda receives 6 hours of home health care each week funded by the Older Americans Act, including the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Aides assist Linda with daily tasks which include showering, light housekeeping, and grocery shopping.

Because Linda doesn’t get out much due to her fear of falling, she enjoys the companionship she receives from her aides and hates to see them leave. Linda has never married nor had children, so her family and paid supports are important to Linda. Since January 2020, Linda has been matched with a volunteer, Gloria. Gloria is apart of the AAA3’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Gloria calls Linda regularly, which is even more essential this year due to COVID-19 and stay at home orders. Linda loves to talk about her cats and her current craft projects. Linda is an avid cat lover and in her spare time enjoys stitching and crocheting.

If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from assistance in meeting their daily needs, please call 1-800-653-7723 for a no cost consultation. Want to find out more about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program such as making a referral or how to become a volunteer? Contact Miranda van Rooyen at 419-204-4303 or

Submitted by: Denise Lemmon, non-Medicaid Care Manager

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