HandsonOn Suburban Chicago is proud to recognize four Senior Corps–RSVP volunteers who give back by helping older adults.
Jackie Kelley, Vince Kelley and Yvonne Held are Long Term Care Ombudsmen with LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation). Long Term Care Ombudsmen help people ensure they are treated with respect, receive quality medical and personal care and are free to exercise self-determination. Duties also include educating residents, facility, staff and the public about long-term care residents’ rights and advocating for individuals and systemic improvements.
Vince Kelley has worked diligently to help several residents with a program called Money Follows the Person, MFP. This program helps a person returning to the community receive assistance with housing, utilities, transportation and other basic areas. Vince was able to assist residents with their own apartments. He also helped some people in assisted living facilities. Vince spends many hours helping residents with Money Follows the Person.
Jackie Kelley says she is the person that focuses on those who have no one else. She visits residents whose families are not involved or have removed themselves from the picture. Jackie has a special place in her heart for the residents. They look forward to seeing her because she is the only person who visits and takes time out with them. She calls herself the “squeaky wheel” for those not able or afraid to do it on their own. She really loves visiting residents and wishes she had more time to spend with them.
Yvonne Held shows a very strong commitment to LAF. She visits residents and is an advocate for them at Manor Care of Wilmette. She is a retired nurse by profession and utilizes those skills to help residents. Yvonne is good with all the residents. She attends resident council meetings, listens to their issues and makes sure the information is reported to the volunteer coordinator and, or, the staff ombudsman. Yvonne makes it a point to follow up with the staff on residents’ issues.
Vic Johnson is an all-star at Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services. He has been a volunteer for just under two years. Vic has a background in accounting and assists with processing all Medicaid and SNAP applications. He is flexible and comes into the office whenever needed. Vic follows up with details for clients and case managers resulting in completed client applications.
Vic has also participated in Age Options counselor training to help anyone in the community needing assistance. Vic can explain benefits and eligibility requirements for clients. He is very patient and is always willing to take on new roles at Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services. As Sue Peterson from Catholic Charities says, “Vic may call himself retired but he is anything but in all he contributes to Catholic Charities, church, children and home. Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services would be a great loss without all his assistance as a volunteer which is why we are honoring him!”
Thank you–and all the Senior Corps–RSVP volunteers for all you do!
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