Happy March! This month marks a year since the pandemic began, and our lives were drastically changed by the implementation of shelter in place orders and the limitation of all outside visitors to long-term care facilities, including LTC Ombudsman. It is impossible to measure or fully understand the impact on our communities and the older adults we serve. This will take years. Still, we look forward to working with partners to rebuild the aging services system to truly recognize and understand the dangers of isolation and what we can do to prevent its impact.
As I Look back on this last year, what strikes me the most is the critical need to establish and maintain public-private partnerships. To respond to emerging needs and address them swiftly with government entities and mutual support from community-based organizations. While we’re still facing many challenges, we are hopeful as we’re starting to see the positive impacts from vaccination efforts take effect. But this doesn’t mean we take our foot off the gas. We have been reaffirmed in our mission, fighting to defeat the inequality older adults face in this new era of care, and I invite you to join us in that commitment.
As we take another step forward, I’m feeling extra thankful for the opportunity to work and partner with so many of you. My team and I are overwhelmed by the outpouring of service for vulnerable older adults who depend on us for support and advocacy to remain visible, stay heard, and fight with dignity. This month, we’re looking for more volunteers and are excitedly recruiting for our 2021/2022 Masters in Social Work Internship Program. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, interning, or any other programs, please take a look and share the information below.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know needs help or is looking for the right resources. You can get in touch with our team by calling 925-685-2070.