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Nevada CAN New online tool has one-stop help for Silver State elders in wake of COVID-19 stay-at-home measures

The Nevada CAN site is available at https://www.nevada211.org/seniors-covid19-resources/ 

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Nevada CAN

New online tool has one-stop help for Silver State elders in wake of COVID-19 stay-at-home measures 

 

Nevada has unveiled a new way for the state's elders to meet their needs as the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN) is led by a partnership among the state Aging and Disability Services Division; the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Sanford Center for Aging; the UNR School of Community Health Sciences' Dementia Engagement, Education and Research (DEER) program; Nevada Senior Services and Nevada 2-1-1.

The Nevada CAN site is available at https://www.nevada211.org/seniors-covid19-resources/ 

Need for help is profound

“All people over 60 years old are being strongly encouraged not to leave their homes, and are therefore all now essentially homebound," said Sanford Center Director Peter Reed. "They are at risk of running out of needed supplies, suffering from social isolation and being prevented from receiving needed health care services." 

The Nevada CAN site is focused on maintaining quality of life for all 454,221 elders in Nevada as citizens "Stay Home For Nevada" as directed by Gov. Steve Sisolak to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Nevada’s seniors are among the most vulnerable right now, and ensuring they have a way to get critical help is more important than ever," Sisolak said.

'Looking for all the volunteers we can get'

Volunteers from around the state will be needed, and Nevada CAN is getting the word out, according to DEER Program Director Jennifer Carson.

“Nevada CAN is a perfect opportunity for anyone looking to help their elder neighbors, friends and relatives remain safe at home until this crisis is over," Carson said. "We are already seeing an incredible outpouring of compassion and support by Nevadans willing to help serve elders in their community during this time of great need."

Volunteer for Nevada CAN here: https://www.nevada211.org/volunteer-nevada-can/

Donate supplies here: https://www.nevada211.org/donate-supplies-nevada-elders/

“We are looking for all the volunteers we can get to help offer virtual social support and deliver daily essentials to the homes of Nevada’s elders. Recruiting volunteers is often difficult, but in the face of this challenging situation, a strong sense of community has exploded across Nevada, with many people stepping forward to offer their assistance," Carson said.

What elders need now

The statewide, coordinated approach at the heart of Nevada CAN is focused on ensuring the needs of all elders are met during self-isolation in three priority areas: 

  • Essentials for Daily Living — Access to food and prescription medications
  • Telehealth Services
  • Social Support Services — Offering connection to education, wellness and social engagement through remote technologies including one-to-one, group peer support and volunteer opportunities

Through the site, requests for help will be sent to Aging and Disability Services staff who will route the requests to the appropriate community partner, state program, county program or action team. In addition, the website will provide support to the aging-provider network.

"I have tremendous faith that Nevada CAN! And we will be successful because of the generous spirit among Nevadans who share a commitment to looking out for their families, neighbors and communities.” — DEER Program Director Jennifer Carson

"We created this platform to support collaboration and coordination, not to duplicate any efforts already being made by the thousands of hard-working community partners and volunteer organizations," said Dena Schmidt, administrator of the Aging and Disability Services Division

"This resource will allow us to connect early with Nevada’s seniors to ensure those that are homebound have access to the support they need. Kudos to our partners statewide for prioritizing this effort," said Richard Whitley, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

"I find the COVID-19 crisis absolutely stunning, as it is by far the biggest challenge ever faced by the state- and nation-wide network of aging services professionals," said Reed of the Sanford Center. "While people clearly recognize the public health, health care and financial crises underway, we need to also realize that there is an important aging services crisis unfolding in communities across our state with the potential for very serious consequences for Nevada’s older citizens."  

The Nevada CAN site is available at https://www.nevada211.org/seniors-covid19-resources/ 

 

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