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VIDA
Villagers in Daily Action” (VIDA) is a call to action to address the limited services available in our community. Its goal is to provide assistance by offering one to one temporary services to our residents while they transition to wellness. Volunteers providing services are Rainbow Springs Residents that have undergone background checks and training to provide necessary assistance. This effort became a reality in February 2016 when we partnered with Marion Senior Services to assist our residents age in place.

There are over 2300 residential homes in our community and we are only limited by the number of volunteers available in our program. Services are non-clinical and exclude any “hands on” care.

SERVICE CATEGORIES:

Telephone Wellness Checks
  • Telephone calls to residents living alone

Helping Hands
  • Simple Household Chores, no ladder usage
  • Laundry
  • Doing dishes

Caregiver Support (Respite)
  • Temporary companionship, walking
  • Conversation, writing letters
  • Serve food and drink (provided by caregiver)
  • Remind client to take medication

Essential Errands
  • Grocery shopping
  • Return books to the library
  • Taking trash to the recycling center

Friendly Social Visitor
  • Social Conversation
  • Letter writing
  • Reading
  • Board Game playing, if requested

Assistance With Basic Electronic Devices
  • How to use a mobile phone or tablet
  • Learning how to use search engines
  • Learning how to set up e-mail account

If you are in need of any of the above services, please call (352)620-3501 and ask for extension number 139. This is a message only line. Please leave your name and the telephone number where you can be reached and someone will contact you by the next business day.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, to assist our most vulnerable neighbors, please contact Amy Brault at Marion Senior Services (352)620-3501 or e-mail her at abrault@marionseniorservices.org. Be sure to include your name, phone number, best time to call you, what area(s) you are interested in helping, as well as, days you are available to volunteer. With your help today, there will be volunteers to assist, when YOU need help tomorrow!

Transportation of residents is not an authorized activity by any VIDA volunteer.  
 

Marion Transit, a division of Marion Senior Services, offers round trip transportation for medical appointments to Ocala. The cost of this service is $2.00 each way and reservations are required. You can reserve the date up to two weeks in advance but, no less than 72 hours from the appointment date. This is a door to door service but not one on one which means more than one person is transported in a designated route. Transportation is available Monday through Friday and those using the service are encouraged to make their medical appointments between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to allow ample time to arrive at your appointment on time and be transported back home. Drivers will assist you from your doorway into the vehicle and from the vehicle to the main entrance of your destination.

Riders on wheelchairs needing assistance may have someone accompany them but, must inform Marion Transit when the reservation is made to ensure there is space available for the companion. Wheelchairs must be no wider than 33 inches. Drivers cannot assist wheelchairs over more than one step or curb.

To receive transportation services from Marion Transit please call 620-3071 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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