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November 27, 2012 > Free Home Visit Service for Seniors

Free Home Visit Service for Seniors

Submitted By Colleen Collins

At the time of year that seniors are most vulnerable emotionally, a free service to assist them is growing. The Home Visit Program is an initiative by senior care professionals at Emeritus at Atherton Court that's designed to check on the wellbeing of older people throughout the region. The program is being expanded at this time because the approaching holidays bring a greater risk of depression among seniors.

To further encourage families to take advantage of the Home Visit Program, the public is now invited to call Emeritus at Atherton Court directly at (510) 797-4011 to request a visit to a local senior. This is a significant step for the initiative, which has primarily operated through referrals from agencies and emergency services providers since being launched in 2009.

Through the Home Visit Program, family members can arrange for an Emeritus at Atherton Court expert to go to the home of an elderly loved one to see if he or she is doing well physically and psychologically. If appropriate, a nurse conducts an evaluation to help identify care needs. Emeritus then connects the senior and family with the proper resources and services to provide assistance.

"We may bring a hot meal, snack or dessert, and we also offer a listening ear and companionship," said Tamra Schmutzler, executive director of Emeritus at Atherton Court. "Afterwards, if needed, we coordinate between families and community resources. We may also follow up with additional visits. All of what we do through the Home Visit Program is complimentary."

Emeritus at Atherton Court decided to expand the Home Visit Program during the holiday season because of the increased likelihood of depression among the elderly at this time of year.

Offering the Home Visit Program as a free service to the public reflects a central philosophy at Emeritus at Atherton Court, Schmutzler said.

Emeritus at Atherton Court is located at 38035 Martha Avenue in Fremont. It offers assisted living, and specializes in care for those with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other memory-impairing diseases through its Join Their Journey program (

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