Nevada Rural Counties Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides well-trained volunteers that assist seniors and others in need with lifesaving services.
Our programs include door-to-door escorted transportation, companionship, respite care, no cost legal assistance, Farmer’s Market Coupons, critical food and medicine delivery, homemaker services, personal emergency response systems, Veterans resources and more.
RSVP services help seniors to age in place, remain in their own homes for as long as possible, and avoid costly long-term institutional care.
RSVP programs and services are offered at no charge with the exception of the monitoring fee from Lifeline; however, there are suggested donations for services. No one is turned away because of an inability to donate. Not all programs are available in each county. RSVP volunteers do not perform services that fall under professional health care services, such as nurses, aids, etc. We cannot lift, transfer clients, or administer medication.
RSVP’s direct service programs are part of a care-partnership with the care recipient at the center of the relationship. The family, volunteers, healthcare professionals and the community all work together to provide for one another in the partnership.
Volunteers provide escorted door-to-door safe transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities giving them access to lifesaving services such as: medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, socialization and shopping.
HOME COMPANION PROGRAM
Volunteers provide music and art opportunities, emotional support, socialization, and human contact that is necessary for homebound elders, helping them to maintain their independence.
RSVP’S CARE LAW PROGRAM
The Law Program provides pro bono legal services for low-income and homebound seniors. The program focuses on estate planning, durable power of attorney, wills, guardianships, Medicare, Medicaid, help with debt problems, probate issues and elder abuse issues.
Philips Lifeline is an emergency response system that gives immediate access to emergency services. Clients feel secure increasing their self-sufficiency. Monitoring Fee applies.
Elders may qualify for personal emergency response service at no charge.
VETERANS “VOLUNTEERS IN PARTNERSHIP” (VIP) PROGRAM
Providing veterans with RSVP programs and works with NV Office of Suicide Prevention for suicide awareness; and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for wellness checks, emergency medical transport, and priority transportation to the VA Center in Reno.
FARMER’S MARKET COUPONS
Farmer’s Market Coupons are distributed each summer to low-income seniors who may not be able to afford fresh produce. Our goal is to increase consumption of healthy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and fresh unprocessed herbs while supplementing the nutritional needs of seniors.
RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
Giving regular breaks to exhausted and stressed caregivers. Volunteers provide breaks 2 to 4 hours or more per week – which are lifesaving. Training and caregiver support is provided. Care recipients are assisted to achieve their highest level of independence.
Providing frail homebound elders assistance with housekeeping such as dusting, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, floor maintenance as well as laundry and linen changing.
Offers hands-on fun learning for persons living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia, or care recipients with a variety of other disabilities such as Cancer, COPD, Parkinson’s or Diabetes. We use a unique combination of themes, photography, music, readings, and a traditional talking stick. Additionally, it offers referrals to independent living services, and the primary caregiver support, respite care, and a much-needed weekly BREAK!
ELDER EXERCISE PROGRAM
Improving mobility and cognitive ability, and helps to gain muscle strength. Regardless of age, with proper exercise you can improve improve balance, strength, and help prevent falls and disabling diseases.
RSVP volunteers provide a variety of services to Federal, State, local government and other non-profit service organizations and health care facilities. RSVP matches the talents of individuals with the needs of our community.
RSVP is part of Dementia Friendly Nevada and provides services that are informed, safe, respectful and inclusive of persons living with dementia and their Care Partners.
AMERICORPS SENIORS PROGRAM
RSVP is an AmeriCorps Seniors Program which was established in 1973 and run by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government agency. AmeriCorps Seniors is now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation with over 200,000 volunteers nationwide that works to strengthen communities and foster civic engagement among people age 55 and older.