Robert Simon first came to the Kings County Commission on Aging Adult Day Care in Hanford, CA to request respite for himself. His wife of 40 years had developed Alzheimer’s and his life had changed dramatically after all those years. He needed time away and help to understand this disease. Robert used the Adult Day Care services until his wife could no longer live with him at home and it became necessary to place her in a full time care facility.
His wife’s departure from the Adult Day Care did not also mean his own. Robert stayed on to become the most dedicated and valued volunteer in the program.
Now Robert spends 8 hours every day at the day care helping with the care for other dementia patients. The director of this program says he has become indispensable to the Adult Day Care program. They can depend on Robert to help with the patients and do everything else that it takes to keep the doors open.
Robert runs errands, does the gardening, plans for events and has a smile ready for everyone.
Robert is a quiet man who has turned his pain into an asset for a growing need in his community. He has dedicated his life to helping those with dementia and the organization that provides senior services to his community.