Senior Outreach Services Program

Sanford Center for Aging

Special notice to our clients, patients, students, volunteers and friends

The Sanford Center for Aging is taking seriously the public health concerns about the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) and the special risks this poses to elders, adults living with chronic diseases, and those who work with them. While doing everything possible to avoid panic or rash action, we are taking all prudent precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. This means we are suspending all our group programs, large events and other activities, and will seek alternate ways to deliver these programs and services.

The clinical services offered in our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic will continue as usual, with necessary precautions.

Please contact us with any questions: (775) 784-4774 or sanford@unr.edu. | See complete details here.
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About the Program

The Senior Outreach Services (SOS) program, founded in 2002, provides support to Washoe County’s most vulnerable elders through trained volunteers that help seniors “Age in Place,” and allow them to stay in their homes as long as possible. These seniors are 60 years and older, frail, home-bound, low income, and in need of a friend. Many are isolated and may have no immediate family or other support system — yet all are deserving of dignity and respect. Volunteers meet the essential needs of these seniors while engaging in meaningful service that enriches their own lives.

Download a copy of the SOS Program Overview Flyer.

The program is funded by the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), and the Jean Sanford Endowment. The Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno sponsors Senior Outreach Services while the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County recruits and enrolls interested volunteers. Mileage reimbursement for volunteers is funded by a special grant from Regional Transportation Commission.

What to Expect As a Volunteer

As an SOS volunteer you can help a needy senior be as independent as possible by:

  • Offering companionship and emotional support by visiting once a week and keeping phone contact
  • Providing support by driving clients to doctor’s offices, collecting prescription medication from pharmacies, assisting with grocery shopping and taking them on outings
  • Sharing a skill, playing board games, assisting their clients with reading, especially those with limited vision
  • Helping the frail seniors with other essential day-to-day needs
  • Being an advocate for your clients and the eyes and ears of the program

What volunteers do not do:

  • Assist with housekeeping, laundry, or personal care
  • Take responsibility for money management
  • Administer medicine

Get Involved With SOS

If you have the desire to volunteer your time to assist frail seniors in our community for two or more hours each week, please call Sina Ward, Senior Outreach Services Director at (775) 784-7506.