For seniors living in the Fallbrook Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz areas, the Foundation for Senior Care has been a godsend. There are resources, along with safety and computer classes, to allow seniors to live happily and independently.
According to Dotty Metcalf, the executive director for the Foundation for Senior Care, there are several positive changes to the foundation.
“One of the questions I ask seniors is, ‘How do you connect with your grandchildren?’ We have taken on a senior computer learning center, formerly ‘SeniorNet,’ staffed by knowledgeable computer savvy volunteers,” said Metcalf. “We offer classes for beginning computer users through advanced movie making and photography, and plan to add classes for iPads and smart phones, as well as for Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. We are very excited to offer these opportunities.”
The Foundation offers fire and fall prevention seminars given throughout the year, which provides information for elderly individuals to stay at home safely. The program provides free home safety assessments, and smoke detector installation which could save an elderly individual’s life.
“We found that seniors over the age of 75 are 26 times more likely to die from a fire, and 118 percent more likely to die from a fall,” said Metcalf. “We have joined with the North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) to provide a great safety net for senior. The NCFPD distributes and installs smoke detectors free of charge through a grant from the Burn Institute.”
To continue the services provided by the Foundation, Metcalf stated that an endowment campaign has been put into place.
“We are looking for people who support our causes and understand the need for an endowment,” she said. “We are not government funded. We apply for and receive a few grants, but it is not enough to cover our $500,000 budget.”
The campaign includes a “Buy a Brick” Campaign as part of the Gardens of Hope project. Metcalf stated the Foundation will turn part of its campus into a meditation garden, with a walkway comprised of the bricks purchased. Individuals can also purchase rose bushes for the Foundation’s garden as endowment living memorial for a loved one. As part of the endowment campaign, the Foundation will offer naming opportunities for the buildings, the gardens and scholarship funds.
To support the Foundation’s main components – the Care Van, the Senior Advocacy program, Senior Care Computer Learning Center, and the Adult Daycare Center – two annual fundraisers will be held this year. PAWS in the Park will be held on April 21st at Live Oak Park, and Dinner with the Docs will be held on Nov. 3, at the Vista Valley Country Club. Both events will feature silent auctions along with the program.
Contact the Foundation to become a board member, or for more information about helping support their services.