By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- Emeritus' aim has always been to provide the highest level of care for Treasure Coast seniors. Whether those seniors live in their retirement or assisted living neighborhoods, their memory care center, or on their own in the community, they promise to be an extended family, providing understanding and caring service.
The newest service Emeritus has launched is the Shade Brigade, a program born from their Safely Somewhere strategy that endeavors to ensure no matter where seniors are living, be it in their home or an assisted living facility, they are safe and sound.
Shade Brigade was launched this summer as a resource for the older members of the community. The goal is to help them weather the hottest months of the year in comfort and offer whatever assistance they might require.
They contact area seniors who are either in their database or have been recommended by friends and family to see where Emeritus might be able to help.
If their air conditioning is on the fritz, an Emeritus repair technician will pay them a visit. If they haven't been eating well, the dining service director may show up to prepare a meal.
If it's simply company they pine for, they'll be invited to activities at Emeritus of Jensen Beach or someone may show up on their doorstep with a cooler full of water, soda and frozen treats.
Their goal is to find the need and provide whatever each individual is in need of most.
"We look after people," said Kelly Lindsey, Community Relations Director at Emeritus of Jensen Beach. "It's a great campaign."
After the Emeritus Shade Brigade team checks in on the seniors, they continue to follow up on a weekly basis to find out if they require any further assistance and provide it if they do.
"We want to make sure they are safely in their home or safely somewhere," Ms. Lindsey said.
If Martin County residents know of a senior that might benefit from a visit from the Shade Brigade or any of Emeritus' services, they are invited to recommend them by calling Kelly or Derek at (772) 225-1355.
They will be more than happy to reach out to seniors in the community to fulfill a need, whatever that need might be.