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12 Days of Giving: Seniors First helps keep seniors independent

Volunteers provide transportation assistance, home repairs and more
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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During the 12 Days of Giving from Nov. 23-Dec. 4, the Press Tribune will feature a new nonprofit online every day and share how you can help its mission.

Seniors First Inc. uses volunteers to provide Meals on Wheels, transportation to daily errands or medical appointments, home modifications, safety repairs, housing placement assistance, friendly visits and more.

The ultimate goal is to help seniors remain independent. All of the services provided by the nonprofit organization are free of charge.

“Seniors First is an important service to the community because no one else does what we do,” said Executive Director Candace Roeder. “Without the support we provide, many of the seniors we assist would not be able to live independently and would be living out their lives in a skilled nursing facility. While (these) facilities fulfill a need in our society, they are intended for a very specific population, not merely someone who no longer drives, simply doesn’t have the stamina to prepare a nutritional meal or can’t make minor home repairs.”

Without the organization’s services, many seniors would not be able to stay living in their homes.

“We encourage them to do what they can and let us fill in where they can’t,” Roeder said.

For instance, if they are too frail to prepare a nutritionally balanced meal, Seniors First volunteers will do so. Volunteers also help with home repairs such as fixing door locks, leaky faucets and toilets, installing grab bars and making sure smoke detectors operate properly.

The organization’s door-to-door rides program has been running since 1971, transporting seniors to grocery stories, pharmacies, banks, hair salons and other locations.

Nonprofit name: Seniors First Inc.

Mission: The Auburn-based organization strives to keep Placer County seniors independent as long as possible, serving residents of Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Colfax, Auburn and Granite Bay.

How to help: The organization has an ongoing need for monetary donations and volunteers.

Contact: Call (530) 889-9500 or visit www.seniorsfirst.org.

Check back tomorrow for the next in the Press Tribune's 12 Days of Giving series.