COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Home-care seniors want the Covid-19 vaccine and BrightStar Care is working to bring it to them.
“They live full lives, they get out, they do things, they want to resume that life, but they would feel better protected with the vaccine. These seniors are at home, most of them have cognitive illnesses, be it Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, and they are vulnerable and they don’t have the resources to come out and get the vaccine, “said Susan Nimnuan, Vice President by BrightStar Care.
Susan Nimnuan, vice president of BrightStar Care, a home health service here in southwest Florida, says senior citizens at home are just as at risk as senior citizens in a facility.
“You also live at home with other people. So are these children of school age? Is there another adult in the apartment who works and goes out? And then there are just the general things that everyone does, ”said Nimnuan.
Nimnaun adds that more than 300,000 seniors across the state receive home care. Many of them find it difficult to wait in line to get the vaccine.
“A senior who may have just had a knee replacement, or who may have to, find it difficult to stand or sit in a car and wait. For anyone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, getting to a doctor’s appointment is exhausting. Now add the stress of registering and getting a vaccine. It’s difficult, ”said Nimnuan.
4 million seniors call home in Florida, Nimnuan says, and while a large proportion live here in our backyard, Nimnuan is also working to keep them safe.
“25% of the people in Collier County are over 65, which is a huge number. We want to help them and we want to bring it about, ”said Nimnuan
BrightStar Care serves seniors between Lee and Collier Counties and is letting me know they’re ready to work with corporations, health departments, medical offices, and more to ensure all Florida seniors are protected. For more information, please visit BrightStar Care website.