Frequently Asked Questions about
Redwood Coast Senior Center
Is lunch the Senior Center’s main event?
You bet it is! We usually have about 100 folks here M-F from 11:30 to 1:00. There is a hot entree with side dishes, beverages and dessert every day. Our meals are tasty and generous - we try to serve enough to provide at least half of a balanced diet every day. If you prefer, there is the option of a full service salad bar with a selection of over a dozen options. Seniors are invited to make a $5.00 donation, and lunch is available to anyone 60+ for whatever they can afford.
Will the Senior Center deliver a meal to my home?
If you are home-bound and can't get out to shop or come by the Center, we will deliver a hot lunch to your home. Just call and let us know that you need delivery. The same $5.00 donation request applys to home delivered lunch, and every senior 60+ is eligible regardless of ability to pay. The 'Meals On Wheels' menu is the same as the Dining Room Menu.
Why buses? Isn’t that the MTA’s job?
Think of us as the ’elder taxi‘. We don’t run scheduled routes. Instead, folks call in and we go pick them up at home and deliver them to their destinations. Door to door and back again for all seniors, 1,000 rides a month and growing. Our drivers personally assist with people and their packages ’ whatever it takes to make our elders comfortable, secure, and independent. MTA pays a big part of the bill, because we’re partners with them. Of course, we have to make up the extra cost ourselves. Rides cost $1.00 to $4.00 depending on how far out from Fort Bragg you are going.
What’s an Eldercare Program, and who needs that?
Sometimes older folks need constant care and companionship - usually as a result of Alzheimers, or some other diminished capacity. If their families cannot stay home all the time, the elder usually has to be placed in a care facility. That’s where we come in. We operate a ’home away from home‘ on weekdays – our Eldercare Program. It’s a warm, loving place where a family’s elder can count on sensitive care, food, fun, safety, and security while their caring family members get a few hours of unburdened regular life. Our Eldercare Program is like the neighbor you can count on taking care of everything when you have to go out for the day.
Who volunteers at the Senior Center?
Nearly 100 people every week put in a few hours serving or delivering meals, running our thrift store, gardening, helping in the Eldercare Program, fixing the building, staffing the office, being on the board of directors, or running events. Most volunteers are seniors! The Center depends on them, and elder volunteers enjoy an opportunity to use experience and skills in an important and meaningful way: operating our own community. Of course we love it when younger folks work side by side with us. You might try it – call and volunteer; we’ll put you to work, and you may be amazed by how much fun we have together!
A new program at the Center, Senior Advocates, undertakes to connect seniors with seniors, to answer difficult questions, and to interpret and intercede with government agencies and other institutions to get the best services for our rural population. You are invited to join; the easiest way to join, of course, is to come to the Center and offer to help! If you want to help from home, check out the ElderPortal, the Center's own online system for organizing our collective knowledge about how to thrive as elders in a rural environment.
Can I get help with my questions, or find services?
Our primary service is personal consultation. We answer nearly 600 calls every month from seniors needing information about how to handle some aspect of their lives. We refer them to the right service provider, or provide intervention and service by our own staff. We like to think of ourselves as the ’front desk at a fine senior hotel‘ – whatever you need around town, we‘ll try to make the connection for you. There are also social, educational, and service programs at our Center. We encourage seniors to use our facilities here for whatever events they want to put on - mostly at no charge.
Is there anything to do for entertainment at the Senior Center?
Oh my gosh, yes! The Computer Room is open all day for free access to the internet, and on Thursday you can even get instruction. Exercise class happens every MWF morning at 10:00, and TaiChi in the afternoon on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Jazz chorus sings on Friday afternoons. There's Bingo on Thursday afternoon, Bridge Tuesday evening and Cribbage Thursday evening. The Quilters meet on Tuesday afternoon, and the Knitters on the same morning.
What about health and support services?
A free Acupuncture clinic on Wednesday; Blood Pressure Clinic on Tuesday during lunch; Men's Discussion Group on Wednesday afternoon; A Caregivers Support Group on the 1st Friday of the month; And AA Meetings on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
More questions? Give us a call: 964-0443