FAIRVIEW—The Rural Senior Adult Services (RSAS) of Fairview is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Power/Pacificorp Foundation.
Cullen Irvine, a representative of the power company and foundation gave a check to board members of the senior center, including Milette Mackay and Donna Seager, in a small ceremony in late March.
“Our organization is very appreciative and delighted with the new donation,” Seager said.
RSAS is a charitable organization that gives cost-free, in-home assistance to homebound or vulnerable senior adults in Sanpete County age 65 and older.
Services include companion care to build self-esteem, light housework, creative activities such as art, crafts, knitting, crocheting, etc., socialization, reading books, and computer training or repair. No health services are provided. Care workers visit at least twice a month and, in most cases, every week.
“We have 4 volunteers who are also helping out,” Seager said.
The organization’s care workers are now allowed to go into participants’ residences with COVID-19 restrictions (masks), and are able to increase their services to the elderly.
“We try to dispel their isolation, loneliness and depression,” Seager said. “We find out what their needs are (go for groceries, pick up mail, etc.) and visit with them to help them feel special. We hand paint personal cards and also send flowers or gift baskets. Most of our participants are holding their own, but are feeling lonely and isolated.”