Compiled by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Envoy America partners with FSL to help caregivers
Envoy America, a Phoenix-based company that offers transportation plus assistance and companionship services for seniors, the infirm and disabled, has partnered with the Foundation for Senior Living, a nonprofit provider of home and community-based health services and developer of affordable energy-efficient housing.
Through this partnership, Envoy America will transport Phoenix-area seniors to and from FSL’s Adult Day Health Services Centers to offer relief for their at-home caregivers and better serve FSL’s patients and clients.
After completing a pilot program, Envoy America and FSL rolled out their partnership at FSL’s Phoenix location, 3620 N. Fourth Avenue, Phoenix. They are planning to expand the partnership to FSL’s Glendale and Tempe locations.
“Caregiving is a difficult and all-encompassing role, and sometimes a respite is required in order to operate as the best caregiver you can be,” says Tom Egan, president and CEO of FSL. “That’s been the goal with our adult day centers, but a challenge we’ve encountered is reliable transportation of the senior to our centers. Partnering with Envoy America, a door-to-door service rather than a curb-to-curb service, has been a win-win solution for everyone involved.”
At FSL’s Adult Day Health Services Centers, local seniors can benefit from activities, socialization and assistance during the day.
Caregivers can book rides and appointments by contacting FSL at 602-285-1800.
Envoy America driver companions completed more than 100 trips with 18 seniors in the pilot program. They assist the client from the home and into the car and then from the car to the adult day center to ensure that the client is safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the trip. Envoy America driver companions are also trained to work with seniors living with dementia to ensure they can receive safe and reliable service. Those interested in applying to be a driver companion, can visit envoyamerica.com.
AAUW news for the Valley
The American Association of University Women have been keeping active.
The organization hosted a breakfast with ASU assistant professor Heni Ben Amor, who spoke about artificial intelligence. It was the AAUW Northwest Valley’s first meeting of the season and was attended by nearly 100 women.
AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since it was founded in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day, education, social, economic and political. The AAUW mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.
For more information, call Beryl Flathman Braaten at 623-572-4676 or Linda Styrwoll at 218-259-4437.
HLAA hosting annual walk
The fourth annual Hearing Loss Association of America—AZ Walk4Hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, November 2, with registration starting at 8 a.m. at Sloan Park.
Walk organizers hope to raise awareness of those suffering from hearing loss.
There is no fee to participate. Individuals or businesses may form teams and ask for sponsors.
Krafters set to host
bazaar and bake sale
The Sun Lakes United Methodist Church Krafters will host their annual bazaar and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes.
Available items include fall and holiday décor, placemats, table runners, wall hangings, wreaths, centerpieces, vintage jewelry, doll clothing, homemade baked goods and a selection of “Simple Treasures.”
For more information, call 480-895-8766 or visit sunlakesumc.org.