Help for Seniors and Disabled
In Phrao, the disabled and elderly cannot get to public health programs or services. They have Warm Heart’s Project Access.
Project Access serves those most in need, those without family, friends or funds, those with overwhelming care needs who cannot care for themselves.
Warm Heart’s Public Health program, Project Access, provides the people of Phrao with support and resources critical to their health and well-being.
Project Access provides everything necessary to keep life enjoyable and worth living for the isolated disabled and elderly – car rides to the hospital, art therapy sessions, bedside gardens, clean sheets, music, conversation and much more.
Many in Phrao, especially the growing population of the disabled and elderly, live in sub-standard conditions due to poverty and their location in rural Northern Thailand.
Warm Heart, in many cases, is the primary link between community members and the government health services that lack the resources to serve a widely dispersed population.
Volunteers survey the community to find members in need and come up with the best way to help them.
The Warm Heart Wellness “Home Visit”
Our visiting teams led by Noina, a professional nurse’s assistant, bring smiles and laughter, brooms, mops and cooking pots.
Each morning Noina gathers her team of volunteers and packs our old Suzuki with healthy snacks, cleaning supplies, games and newspapers. Off they go bouncing and splashing along muddy country roads to make their rounds.
They give the frail a gentle bath and get them into the sun.
They take folks to the market to schmooze or to the clinic for an appointment.
Noina and her team make upward towards 1,100 visits annually. They are the lifeline for three dozen shut-ins’, their safety net. Their visits are the one joyous hour in otherwise drab and lonely weeks.
And when there’s an emergency at 3:00 AM, the Warm Heart truck is there for a trip to the hospital.
Making a Difference
Beyond visiting, Project Access works with neighbors, local governments and strategic partners to provide a wide range of services such as:
- Building ramps and renovating homes
- Distributing wheelchairs, walkers, and therapeutic devices to every Phrao person in need in partnership with the Wheelchair Project
- Providing reading glasses for all of the elderly in Phrao in partnership with local optometrists
- Giving access to public health
By coordinating and providing seed funding for community efforts, Warm Heart also helps renovate, rebuild, and provide wheelchair access to improve living conditions for the very poor.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank
How you can help: Donate to Project Access Public Health
Your donation will provide Project Access with the necessary funds to cover the costs of providing home and hospital visits, and pay for medical and other supplies.