Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico

by Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Participant # 1 receiving meal
Participant # 1 receiving meal

Our elderly are not forgotten.  

During the period ending on December 2021, Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continue paying special attention to our 54 elderly participants.  We distributed 2,743 meals at their homes so they will receive a nutritional meal during the weekends.  They also received a non-perish groceries like:  rice, cooking sauce, vegetables, fruits and nutritional drinks.  We were able to share some groceries with the community.

It’s important to keep their health in good condition during this period of time with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The elderly health is fragile and most of them with chronic conditions like:  heart conditions, diabetes, physical limitations.   Face masks, and hand sanitizer were distributed to all participants.  Adult diapers and blue pads were given to three (3) of them who are in delicate condition. 

Transportation was given to three (3) participants to prevent them from losing their medical appointment and took them  to the pharmacy to get the medicines prescribed.  Our 54 elderly required help to obtain documents such as:  medical prescription and laboratory results and our organization was able to represent the participants so they could got them.  The nurse visited all participants to follow up their conditions, and provided orientation related to their medicine use, hygiene and nutrition.

Three (3) elders received the housekeeper services:  cleaning, prepare breakfast and lunch.  They were living alone and they had little help from relatives and/or friends. 

Three (3) of our participants were relocated to an apartment and/or nursing home and they were able to improve their quality of life.

Our organization and participants want to acknowledge that all these services were possible thanks to our donors and GlobalGiving.

Participant #2 with meal
Participant #2 with meal
Meal #1
Meal #1
Meal #2
Meal #2
Participant #1 with groceries
Participant #1 with groceries
Participant #2 with groceries
Participant #2 with groceries
Participant #3 with groceries
Participant #3 with groceries
Participant with adult diapers and blue pads
Participant with adult diapers and blue pads
Face masks and hand sanitizer
Face masks and hand sanitizer
Participant #1 relocated (apartment)
Participant #1 relocated (apartment)
Participant #2  in nursing home
Participant #2 in nursing home
Participant #3 in nursing home
Participant #3 in nursing home
Sharing groceries with the community
Sharing groceries with the community
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Meal to participant
Meal to participant

During the period of May to July 2021 our 53 elderly participants received special attention. Even though our office was closed in July we were able to coordinate with the cook and driver so they could get their meals.  We distributed 2,726 meals at their homes.  Besides the meal, during this period they also received nutritional drinks, and some vegetales such as:  carrot, pumpkin and plantain.  They also received prevention kits containing hand sanitizer, masks, and face shield.  

We provided medical appointment transportation to six (6) participants and took four (4) elderly to the supermarket to buy groceries.  This service is provided to those who are lack of transportation.  Nine (9) elders received the housekeeper services.

The Covid-19 pandemic continue increasing, the elderly are fragile with various health conditions.  Nutrition, prevention kits and our nurse follow up visits helps them to keep their health stable.

Some participant don't know how to request documentation in agencies.  Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza helped them to get it to so we could update our records with the participant government aids.    

One couple, both participants, had their home in a critical condition.  Our organization was able to built their home and buy some furniture (sofa, beds, etc.) thanks to GlobalGiving.  The participants were very happy and grateful when they saw the change.

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza appreciate GlobalGiving donors who support our project.  

Participant with meal & vegetables
Participant with meal & vegetables
Meal #1
Meal #1
Meal #2
Meal #2
Participant at supermarket
Participant at supermarket
Prevention kit
Prevention kit
Nurse with participant
Nurse with participant
Nurse with participant 2
Nurse with participant 2
Participants home - before
Participants home - before
Participants new home
Participants new home
Participants kitchen - before
Participants kitchen - before
Participants kitchen - after
Participants kitchen - after
Participants new beds
Participants new beds
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Meal #1
Meal #1

During the Covid-19 pandemic Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continued providing services to our elderly participants from 58 to 94 years old living in San Antonio and nearby areas. Most of them are living alone or with poor family support, physical limitations, bedridden sick or with chronic health conditions.

The activities during the period from January to March 2021 were:

1. Delivered 1,970 meals at the elderly homes. The menus were varied and healthy so they can get balanced nutrients.  A housekeeper visits those in great need during the week.

2. The nurse went to 46 participant homes to monitor their health conditions, how they were managing their medications, and provided hygiene orientation and nutritional education.

3. Provided transportation in our official vehicle to their medical appointments, pharmacy, supermarket, governmental agencies, and to get the Covid-19 vaccines. With the participant authorization we were able to get them official documents, prescriptions, medicines, and laboratory results.

4. We purchased and delivered a fridge to a participant.

5. We were able to distribute boxes of drinking water, groceries, and medical articles for those in need because of their health condition.

6. Continue the distribution of the Covid-19 prevention kit containing hand sanitizer, face masks, face shield, and alcohol.

7. A participant was living in subhuman conditions and we were able to build him a room which made him very happy and grateful. Another participant living in similar conditions was moved to a nursing home.

Our services have been non-stop in order to keep our elderly in good health condition and to provide for their basic needs, especially emotional support as they feel that someone takes care of them in this critical period. We really appreciate the support of GlobalGiving and our donors who make all this possible.

Meal #7
Meal #7
Participant with meal and prevention kit
Participant with meal and prevention kit
Participant - Covid vaccine
Participant - Covid vaccine
Participant #2 - Covid vaccine
Participant #2 - Covid vaccine
Participant with new fridge
Participant with new fridge
Housekeeper cooking for participant
Housekeeper cooking for participant
Housekeeper cleaning for participant
Housekeeper cleaning for participant
Participant with drinking water gallons
Participant with drinking water gallons
Transportation to the supermarket
Transportation to the supermarket
Participant old room
Participant old room
Participant in new room
Participant in new room
Participant new room interior
Participant new room interior
Participant with prevention kit
Participant with prevention kit
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Meal for elderly #1
Meal for elderly #1

 

            Even though, this period has been very difficult because of the Covid-19 pandemic Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza is providing the services to our elderly participants.  Distribution of meal during the weekends is very important so they can have a nutritional meal specially when they must stay at home for safety reasons.    We were able to delivered 1,918 meals during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to our 52 participants.

         The Case Coordinator visited them to verify how they were handling the restrictions and any other need they must have.  The nurse went to the elderly homes regularly to be sure that were in a stable health condition.   The housekeeper had priorities according to the Case Coordinator findings.

             Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza distributed a prevention kit to the elderly.  It contained masks, gloves, alcohol, hand sanitizer, vitamins, clothing, personal care products.  In order to keep the elderly safe, we picked up their medicines at the pharmacy.  One participant who must remain bed-ridden received a gel matress.

             We provided transportation to the supermarket for those who need to go for groceries but do not have someone who can take them.

             Up to this date, four (4) community elderly were still having house damages caused by hurricane Maria en September 2017 because they didn’t qualify to receive government aids.  We were able to seal roofs to avoid leekages, made doors and windows installation and other minor repairs.  They were very grateful because they were in a safe home finally.

             Our organization was able to support our participants and some community elderly thanks to GlobalGiving and the donors. 

                                   

                                                                              

Elderly meal #2
Elderly meal #2
Vitamins delivery
Vitamins delivery
Participant with vitamins
Participant with vitamins
Case Coordinator & Nurse groceries delivery
Case Coordinator & Nurse groceries delivery
Housekeeper at elderly home
Housekeeper at elderly home
Prevention kits for participants
Prevention kits for participants
Transportation to a participant
Transportation to a participant
Participant at the supermarket
Participant at the supermarket
Participant roof before sealing
Participant roof before sealing
Roof after being sealed
Roof after being sealed
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Groceries with fruits and vegetables
Groceries with fruits and vegetables

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc. continued providing elderly services during the time of Covid-19 pandemic.  Our office was closed because of the virus from March 15 until June 2020.   During this period the employees were working from their homes.  Follow up to our participants was done by phone, and in some cases our contact was an elderly relative. 

We coordinated the distribution of groceries to our 50 elderly participants so they could stay at home with some food. They received  vegetables, fruits, non-perished items four (4) times.  To prevent Covid-19 virus they got kits with alcohol, hand sanitizer, gloves and masks twice (2).  They also received hygiene items like soap, tooth paste, etc.  By this way the elderly had for their basic needs at home and should not be put at risk going out.

Our office was opened again in July 1, 2020 following the hygiene protocol previously made for the working areas and for the participant visits. During this period our organization distributed 1,332 lunches on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays to the elderly.  Until today all of our elderly participants are in good health.  

Beside the regular services, we verified if they received the federal incentive for the Covid-19 and if the Census 2020 document was completed.  We contacted the local Census office and with an employee they visited 17 participants to help them to complete it.   

Even though the difficult time because of the Covid-19 our organization has been very responsible managing the situation in order to protect the employees and our participants.  We appreciate the donors and GlobalGiving for their support.

Hygiene kit for the elderly
Hygiene kit for the elderly
Soap, tooth paste kits
Soap, tooth paste kits
Two participants with kits
Two participants with kits
Census visit to participant
Census visit to participant
Census visit to another participant
Census visit to another participant
One of the menus distributed
One of the menus distributed
Participant receiving groceries & hygiene kits
Participant receiving groceries & hygiene kits
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Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

Location: San Antonio, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
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Project Leader:
Xiomara Méndez-Ruiz
San Antonio, Puerto Rico
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