Block Island Times

Need for senior caregivers grows

“A serious situation of great concern to us” occupied the Senior Advisory Committee for much of their meeting this past Tuesday.But first some housekeeping was conducted by Chair Sandra Kelly who welcomed Hilary Transue to her first committee meeting after calling the well attended meeting to order. Transue received a warm welcome from all and before the meeting was out she had volunteered to deliver meals and pitch in wherever needed.The committee’s concerns revolve around a growing island-wide, immediate need for more caregivers as well as omnipresenthousing challenges. Three individuals need immediate caregivers. “It’s become a crisis,” said SAC Coordinator Gloria Redlich.These individuals need extended help. Accolades were heaped on VNA nurse Sandra Mott who, according to Redlich, “isa godsend,” but the town needs to address long term challenges. Of the year-round population, 35 to 42 percent are seniors whoincreasingly need help with daily tasks as they age.“Residents got up and spoke at the Financial Town meeting about the legacy of the island,” noted Kelly. “The greatest part ofthe island is its history and people, and my question is do we get to stay here?”The committee decided that there needs to be an island-wide conversation that includes the

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