Senior Care Services | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

Senior Care Services | Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient


(soft music) (soft music) – One time, I had to go for surgery, and someone gave me the
name of a taxi company. And I made an arrangement with the head of the taxi company, and this man is yelling at me that he wants more money from me. And I thought to myself, “Oh my god, he’ll just dump
me on the street somewhere.” Why go through that? Why would one go through that after such a traumatic time? And the nurses said to me, “You’re alone. You shouldn’t be alone.” and I said, “Well, I had no one to take
me. I had no one to bring me.” Hello? Senior Care. Yes it’s Joan Goldstein calling. – Senior Care services provides a much needed service for the elderly, and home bound seniors in our area. These are seniors that want
to remain in their homes, and we can provide medical transportation, food shopping, or a friendly visit. It allows them to stay
in their home longer. To age gracefully in their own place. – Alright, what time would be good for you because we’re pretty flexible today? – I have to tell you, there were so many patients who would call and cancel their appointments because
they didn’t have a ride. So, I just feel that this will be more and more important for this area to have the ability to get free rides to their
doctors appointments. – Hi, Joan. – Hi. – How’ve you been? – Well, it turns out you have
to go shopping fairly often. If you want fresh food, if
you want to eat fresh food, you have to go fairly often, and Senior Care will do that for you. They’ll take you to the store. They’ll help you buy food. They’ll remind you of what
it is you said you wanted. They make you feel, okay,
somebody cares about me. Somebody cares about
whether I survive or not. How wonderful is that. – I did see the announcement
of the grant application. We did submit, and we were so thrilled to have won the grant. – You’ll be inspired. – Oh, I love it. I love
it, I love it, I love it. – Our main need is transportation, and the grant that PennCAREs
gave us helped for us to purchase a ride scheduling program that really streamlines our process. Before we had a big paper calendar, and it was phone calls
and emails back and forth, so this ride scheduler program paid for by PennCAREs allows that all to
be done in one fell swoop. – The most kind and helping
people I’ve ever met. I just cannot say enough
good things about the people I have had help from here. I just love Senior Care. – Like, your mother didn’t want you to be born on Valentine’s Day. – Just the other way around. – Oh, the other way around. – I started to be born February 14th.

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