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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”

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volunteers who visit in the home and take people on er-

rands and to appointments.

1120 W. Ocean Ave. (Inside Lompoc Senior Center)

Lompoc. .....................................................

(805) 737-1976

Dignity Health Home Health -

Provides skilled nursing

care, including high-tech IV and complex wound care;

home health aide personal and bath care; physical, occupa-

tional and speech therapies; medical social services and a

comprehensive, certified Hospice program. All Home Care

Services are Medicare certified and JCAHO certified.

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(805) 736-7119

Family Caregiver Support Network

– information and

referral services; healthcare navigation; care management;

caregiver education and resources; health education class-

es; support group referrals; transportation vouchers.

223 S. C St. ..........................................................

875-8875

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) -

Provides house-

hold help and personal care to enable low income elderly

or disabled persons to remain safely in their own homes. If

you receive SSI or Medi-Cal you may be eligible for IHSS

if you need services to remain safely in your home. Other

aged, blind or disabled persons who meet the SSI resource

limits ($2,000 for an individual; $3,000 for a couple), but

have income above the SSI limit may still be eligible for

IHSS. For more information on share-of-cost please con-

tact the local IHSS office, listed above.

1100 W. Laurel Ave., Lompoc. ..................

(805) 737-6020

Lompoc Valley Haven -

Adult Day Program -

Valley Hav-

en is a nonprofit social day program. Also provides no cost

day program to eligible veterans.

502 N. 3rd St., Lompoc. .............................

(805) 736-9459

Lompoc Valley Medical Center Hospital Lifeline

Service -

1515 E. Ocean Ave. Lompoc.

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(805) 740-2842

SENIOR AND COMMUNITY CENTERS

DeWees Community & Senior Center -

1120 Ocean Ave., Lompoc, ........................

(805) 875-8085

Family Caregiver Support Network -

Information hub

for familycaregivers.

223 South C Street, Lompoc. .....................

(805) 875-8875

Lompoc Family YMCA -

YMCA provides physical edu-

cation and recreation programs and facilities for all ages.

201 W. College Ave., Lompoc. ...................

(805) 736-3483

SUPPORT AND EDUCATION GROUPS

Savvy Caregivers -

12 hours of professional-level demen-

tia care training for the nonprofessional caregiver. Contact

Alzheimer’s Association for dates and times.

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(805) 892-4259

Family Caregivers Support Group -

Valley Haven, 502

North 3rd Street, Lompoc. Contact Alzheimer’s Associa-

tion for dates. ..............................................

(805) 892-4259

Free onsite respite care. Call Valley Haven one week in

advance to reserve. .....................................

(805) 733-9459

Valley of Flowers Half-Century Club -

Our mission is to

serve local senior citizens We offer Bingo which is open to

the public, Dancing, Crafts and more. Come on down or

call to find out more!

341 North N Street. ...................................

(805) 736-6669

CONTACT US TO UPDATE

YOUR INFORMATION

by Marsha Rosenblum, Valley Haven Community Outreach Coordinator

Thoughts from Valley Haven Adult Day Program

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oseph (identity protected) is 74 years old and has been a member of Valley Haven

since January of 2015 at the recommendation of a good friend whose husband had

also attended Valley Haven for 13 years. Joseph had just lost his wife after a 28-

year marriage and his friend recognized the deep depression that he was quickly falling

into. She referred him to Valley haven with the hope that it might help him able to cope

with his loss, grief, and loneliness.

The very first time Joseph visited Valley Haven, he liked it immediately. Joseph loved

the door to door transportation and the smallness of Valley Haven made it easy for him

to walk in the door. He has felt accepted, safe, and comfortable socializing and mak-

ing good friends plus the “wonderful staff are always there to talk to if you need to”.

He looks forward to “the delicious lunch meals” and is “always surprised by the diversity of food that is furnished”. He

enjoys the beauty of the house itself and “the gardens that surround Valley Haven are flowerful and peaceful, and you can

see them out of every window of the house”.

He loves animals but is not able to have one of his own. It

has meant so much to spend time with the friendly and lov-

ing house pets, cats Sassy and Levi, and the dogs, Rosie and

Bear. “You can feel terrible and one of the cats or dogs come

up to you and right away you feel better!”

Valley Haven has been a very big part of Joseph’s life in

the last 3 years. “without it I would have been very sad, and

my depression could have easily taken over and that would

have been very dangerous for me in many ways. I don’t

know what I would have done”.

Joseph was extremely lucky to have a friend refer him to

Valley Haven. Otherwise, if Joseph’s depression had taken

over and could no longer care for himself, he may have gone

into a nursing home very prematurely at 71 years “young”.

So many people like Joseph fall victim to the unexpected.

Circumstances like losing a spouse and /or losing indepen-

dence, breeds a deep psychological depression vastly misinterpreted as dementia or undiagnosed Alzheimer’s. Family

members feel helpless and unprepared. They are desperate to do the right thing and reach for solutions that familiar and

perhaps the only ones they are aware of.

Joseph is a perfect example of what may have happened because there was a lack of knowledge for an alternative solu-

tion at the exact time he needed it. Waiting until a situation is urgent with little or no preparation leaves one with little

options. We never know when someone will cross our path, whether it’s a friend, a loved one or even an acquaintance,

whose life might be so significantly impacted by that knowledge, as Joseph’s life was by his friend.

There is of course a great need for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. But if neither of these feels appropriate

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