Older Adult Services before COVID-19
In partnership with the County of San Mateo and Serra Yellow Cab, PFS launched the Got Wheels! pilot program in June 2019. The program serves Daly City residents ages 70+ to schedule up to six rides a month for just $5 per one-way trip within Daly City limits.
PFS partnered with the state of California and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) to help reduce stigma associated with mental health in older adults ages 55+. The state- wide initiative features the launch of an app that will support adults with mental or behavioral health needs. the app will be designed to educate older adults on how to find mental health support and increase their ability to chat with peers and connect to a therapist.
COVID-19: Supporting Our Isolated Neighbors
Our Senior Peer Counselors have worked hard during shelter-in-place. Instead of weekly face-to-face visits, volunteers have been using technology to provide wellness checks with adults age 55+, either in a one- to-one setting or in virtual groups. It has been more important than ever to reach out to our neighbors who feel isolated and need additional services.
In partnership with Peninsula Health Care District, the staff at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center have been operating an Older Adult Resource Line to connect adults age 60+ in San Mateo County to programs that can help in this time of uncertainty. Fair Oaks staff have been able to provide food boxes and “Grab and Go” meals for program participants who would normally eat meals at Fair Oaks. PFS has provided gift cards to older adults in need through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.