Senior Companion Program Success

Sereda Palmer, now 82 years old, began her volunteer service with the Senior Companion Program in June 2005. Ms. Palmer has worked with many homebound individuals over her years of service. Ms. Palmer has been especially devoted to Devolia Cherry since February 2005. Mrs. Cherry is homebound and has multiple health conditions that have disabled her to the point she requires feeding and someone to hold a cup for her to drink.

Ms. Palmer provides services three days a week for the Cherry’s. The volunteer makes Mrs. Cherry smile and laugh and has given her something to look forward to. The volunteer provides her with peer stimulation, understanding and not only feeds her physically, but emotionally and spiritually.

The volunteer makes Mrs. Cherry smile and laugh and has given her something to look forward to.

Ms. Palmer is diligent in preparing her meals and pureeing the foods. Ms. Palmer prepares pureed meals in advance for the four days of the week she is not with her making meal time easier for the caregiver, also the client’s husband, Willy Cherry.

Mr. Cherry is very devoted to his wife, he recently learned he himself was terminally ill and hospice services were immediately started in the home. Mr. Cherry’s focus remains on his wife and hospice is providing additional volunteers on alternate days to see to Mrs. Cherry’s needs.

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