SEATTLE, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While sending care packages to troops overseas is a time-honored tradition, more than 2,000 senior veterans nationwide will be receiving them during Memorial Day week in an initiative designed to assist them in staying safely in their homes. Emeritus Senior Living communities across the country will be delivering care packages and providing a helping hand with safety measures to senior vets or their surviving spouses. Called "Heroes Emeritus" in honor of the veterans' service, Emeritus communities are accepting requests from the public for deliveries now through Memorial Day, May 27.
The Heroes Emeritus care packages include nightlights, first aid kits, medication management containers, water bottles, healthy snacks, and other items that make a senior's daily life and home more secure. The Emeritus team will also perform home safety checks to ensure the living environment is free of hazards.
"Our veterans, and the spouses who gave their support on the home front, have done so much to keep our nation safe," said Chris Hyatt, Executive Vice President and COO at Emeritus. "We would like to do what we can to help keep these heroes safe in their senior years."
Hyatt noted that the Heroes Emeritus program is part of the Emeritus philosophy of "Safely Somewhere – an initiative that helps us ensure that seniors are residing in safe, meaningful situations, regardless of whether it is in their own homes or elsewhere," Hyatt said.
To recommend a senior veteran or veteran spouse for the Heroes Emeritus program, contact the nearest Emeritus community by going to www.emeritus.com or by emailing the contact information, city and state to Heroes@emeritus.com.
Heroes Emeritus partners include Omnicare, Caring.com, the Fischer Group, Life Care Funding Group, Gulf South, Kellogg's and Campbell's – all of which made generous care package donations.
Emeritus Senior Living is the nation's largest memory care and assisted living provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents at more than 480 communities throughout 45 states. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC. For more information, go to www.Emeritus.com.
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SOURCE Emeritus Senior Living