RCIL partners with Community Foundation

Published Sep 3, 2017 at 9:00am

The Resource Center for Independent Living and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties have recently partnered to make an impact in the community that will help to enhance the experience of elderly participants in RCIL’s Adult Day Services program.

The $24,936 investment from The Community Foundation helped RCIL purchase a van that will be used to transport Adult Day Service Program participants to cultural activities, shopping, movies and other trips into the community as well as to provide door-to-door transportation to and from the program.

These opportunities promote independence and increase the social interaction and community involvement of the program participants while combatting isolation, loneliness and lack of engagement.

“Through the generous support of the Community Foundation, RCIL will be able to serve more seniors in our community and ultimately improve their overall quality of life” said Melissa Rathbun, RCIL Adult Day Services Program director. The additional vehicle assist those who attend the program at the Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy on Genesee Street.

“Programs like RCIL’s Adult Day Program are essential to our community’s ability to care for its aging population,” Jan Squadrito, senior community investment manager at The Community Foundation, said. “Reliable transportation ensures seniors have access to the programs and services our community has to offer, allowing them to remain living independently in the comfort of their home.”

RCIL’s Adult Day Program services include individualized care planning, door-to-door transportation, nutritious snacks and lunch, personal care, a beautiful and accessible outdoor garden space, a variety of activities, access to salon services, social interaction, field trips and connection to the broad range of services available through community resources. Participation in the RCIL ADS program supports the self-determination and independence of elderly residents in our area as it helps individuals age in place and avoid institutionalization.