Donna, now happily aging in place

Donna is a senior home owner with Parkinson’s who was referred to SHARE in late summer 2016. She was found multiple times in the middle of the road in the middle of the night by neighbors and 9-1-1 had been called more than 10 times. APS and The Linkages programs in the Sonoma County Human Services Department made the initial referrals.  

It was discovered that her meds were extraordinarily mismanaged and conflicted with each other, creating hallucinations that caused great distress. She also required assistance with grocery shopping, light cooking, and support managing the overall household

We matched a home seeker with her in October 2016. Laurie was in need of housing and described meeting Donna as a turning point in her life.  Both women instantly liked each other and have now lived together for well over three years and have formed a strong kinship. The chemistry involved with each match is a unique venture. Recently, Alison joined the household and has proven to be a valuable addition to the team, complementing Laurie’s style and providing seamless support to Donna.  

Now, under Lia Russell’s case management at SHARE, Donna has two women living with her in the available bedrooms, as well as another woman who provides daytime, private care for Donna. As a result, Donna has been able to safely remain in her home and is happier for it.  SHARE is part of the team and communication has been critical during local disasters, heat waves, and or medical updates.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Maybe you know a senior who needs similar help and has a room and home to share. Maybe you have a room to house a vulnerable member of our senior community. More of our elderly are becoming homeless by the day. Please click here or call us at SHARE.