When MaryLynn Mahler first came to Humboldt Senior Resource Center for help, she was living in a little house in the woods, where she had been for 40 years. Her home needed a lot of repairs, but its problems were beyond what assistance we could provide.
Around this same time, MaryLynn was driving to HSRC to pick up a week’s worth of lunches. Driving increasingly became a problem for her, so our concerned Nutrition staff signed her up for Meals on Wheels Redwood Coast.
She now receives friendly visits and nutritious meals from her Meals on Wheels delivery driver. “I love that man,” she said, “with his lovely smile.”
The staff remained worried about MaryLynn’s living situation, and sent our Nutrition Social Worker, Lena, to assess the situation.
The house had been in the family ever since MaryLynn’s father moved it onto the property, and she was naturally reluctant to abandon it. But she also realized it was more than she could handle. Her grand-nephew helped her find a senior apartment in Eureka, where MaryLynn is very happy. And the grand-nephew moved into the house in the woods, keeping it in the family.
MaryLynn’s health continued to decline, however, and she needed more help. Although she uses a walker, she fell three times. Lena suggested she enroll in Redwood Coast PACE.
Since joining PACE, MaryLynn has enjoyed medical care and support services from a team of healthcare professionals, transportation to the Day Center where she receives physical therapy, and help in her home from CarePartners who make sure she gets dressed, fed, and remembers to take her medicine.
Older adults like MaryLynn come to the Humboldt Senior Resource Center for a wide range of resources. We’d like to help all of them. But it takes money. And that requires a concerned and supportive community of people like you.
A donation of just $25 provides five days of lunch, friendly visits, and informal safety checks. The most valuable contribution you can make is to become a monthly donor and help provide senior meals year-round.