Some elderly people are isolated and don’t get a lot of visitors, so a phone call can make a huge difference. That’s why one California nonprofit, Eskaton, has been making personal phone calls to seniors for the last two decades.
Through their Telephone Reassurance program, they’ve reached out to homebound elders 1.6-million times. Volunteers call to check on their health, but maybe more importantly, they give these lonely folks a daily dose of conversation and a chance to socialize.
“I am so grateful someone is calling me every day and checking on me,” says Ben, a senior who benefits from the program. “It lifts my spirits to know someone cares.”