Assistance League of Bend provides complimentary personal care items to seniors in local long-term care facilities, including those in assisted living and memory care. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, lotion, and other hygiene products are delivered five times a year. Since the recipients are all on Medicaid, many of these items are often a luxury. Assistance League of Bend is currently serving seventeen facilities throughout Deschutes County including eleven in Bend, one in La Pine, four in Redmond and one in Sisters.


Assistance League of Bend also provides holiday gift bags for seniors at those same facilities.  Every October, request forms are sent out to each facility asking for personalized gift ideas. Gift requests include items such as: lap blankets, sheets, towels, sweaters, puzzles, books, etc. In November, the individual request forms are distributed to our members and to the community. This year, four community organizations/companies have stepped in to help, as well as an increased number of individual community volunteers. With over 370 requests (a 40% increase from last year), we appreciate our member and community support!   In December, the personalized gift bags will be delivered to all seventeen facilities in time for the holidays.


Additionally, we are piloting a new project within our Senior Caring program entitled “Senior Connections”. This project provides personalized cards to seniors that have little to no family, or just need some extra encouragement. Especially during COVID-19, many seniors in long-term care facilities are feeling isolated and lonely. To bring a little cheer to their day, Assistance League of Bend members are providing year round card deliveries to the seventeen facilities we serve. In December, over 200 cards will be delivered, with additional deliveries scheduled throughout the year.