Our list of needs was extensive and we live VERY rural. The American Cancer Society ceased transportation and lodging benefits very soon after learning of the pandemic, so we were no longer able to take advantage of their programs or assistance. We were VERY fortunate to be connected with Mendonoma Health Alliance in Gualala. Their Community Health Worker, Heather, immediately rallied all local resources including coordinating grants, arranging rides to and from treatment, assisting with the extensive and complicated paperwork, arranged for training for me so I could begin to receive IHSS training /certification and at last receive compensation, arranging hospice care, funeral arrangements, delivering medical supplies, groceries, helping us manage local patient care and marshaling resources we had never known possible! She was always there to help ease the strain. One important note, when I became isolated for possible covid exposure and unable to see, let alone care for Susie for 17 days, her care remained superb! Heather rallied all the resources, as it took a “village” as they say. RCMS Medical, Coastal Seniors, Cancer Resource Center in Ft. Bragg, Manchester Beach KOA, the fine folks who provided rides, delivered meals, etc., and ALL the Charitable Donors to these many wonderful resources available for people in need on the Mendocino Coast. Thanks to all the amazing local talent!
Care Coordination Client – Jaye Peake Manchester, CA – August 2021