Care, cleaning item collection drive underway for seniors in need

IN MY VIEW
Christine Freund • Adult Protective Services, ADRC

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Friday, June 15, 2018. This is a day to provide education about elder abuse and help the community become aware of what elder abuse is and ways to help elders who are affected.

Types of elder abuse are neglect (either by self or others), financial, physical, sexual or psychological.

For the fifth year, the Sheboygan County I team (an interdisciplinary team comprised of community members interested or involved in the area of elder abuse) has organized a personal care & household cleaning item collection drive to benefit Sheboygan County seniors in need.

The community collection drive is occurring from Friday, June 1 – Friday, June 15, 2018. Specific items needed are liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, facial tissues, dish detergent, laundry soap, cleaning sprays, paper towels and toilet paper.

The collected items will be distributed to seniors the week of June 18 – 22, 2018. During the past four years we have distributed 622 bags of items to seniors in need.

Our goal for 2018 is to provide more than 200 seniors with a bag of needed items. Even if a senior is receiving assistance through the food share program, suggested items are not able to be purchased with this benefit.

There are several collection sites in the county. They include the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Sheboygan County in Sheboygan Falls, Merge Salon in Plymouth, Waldo State Bank in Waldo, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services in Sheboygan, Hearts to Hands Holistic Health Center in Cedar Grove and Joseph and Joseph Dental in Plymouth.

The first community awareness campaign in Sheboygan County for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched in 2013.

Information was provided to Sheboygan County seniors and senior care providers about ways to identify various forms of elder abuse.

In 2014, the efforts for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day expanded to developing the first personal hygiene and cleaning products drive.

The goal was to provide Sheboygan County seniors in need with items that are not able to be purchased with food share benefits and are items that seniors sometimes go without due to limited financial resources.

The program was well received and has grown over the years – 95 bags in 2014, 153 in 2015, 175 in 2016 and 200 in 2017 which also included a coupon for a free meal at any of the Sheboygan County senior dining sites.

Please contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Sheboygan County with any questions about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day or to report incidents of elder abuse or neglect.

The ADRC phone number is 920-467-4100. Thank you so much for your help.


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