Northeastern Nevada SAFE is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that started in Elko, County Nevada for the assistance of elders in guardianship cases.
SAFE stands for Special Advocates for the Elderly. Currently, Northeastern Nevada SAFE is working to aid and protect elderly individuals who have court-appointed guardians through the kindness and commitment of volunteers within the community who recognize this need for change.
SAFE advocates are helping to discover and possibly prevent neglect, financial misconduct, and abuse by guardians or others involved with the protected persons care.
Northeastern Nevada SAFE is working to properly educate volunteers, guardians, and the community on guardianships and elder abuse as a whole. All in all, the SAFE program is helping to reduce this mass amount of crime against elders while offering education opportunities and information to those who need them.
The SAFE program's mission is to provide volunteer advocates to elderly persons in guardianship cases who cannot advocate for themselves.
Northeastern Nevada SAFE is dedicated to serving the elderly, assisting guardians with their duties, and giving the Court an unbiased perspective in each guardianship case we are assigned.
All of our SAFE volunteers provide a voice for each elderly individual in an assigned guardianship case.
When an individual becomes limited in either both mental skills of physical abilities, the court may appoint someone to serve as his or her guardian. The court appointed guardian may be authorized to make decisions for the elder's benefit, including where the elder lives, his or her medical treatment, applications for aid, and other necessary decisions for the elder's everyday needs.
SAFE volunteers are trained and assisted in providing friendship and support to the appointed senior.
They also provide information as to whether or not the guardianship is appropriate for the elder and that they are receiving adequate care.
SAFE volunteers ensure that every elder they are advocating for is living a life with dignity, support, and meaning.
SAFE volunteers include anyone who has a passion and drive to care for and assist elders in their community. They can include young adults to other elders and beyond. This drive to help and serve can come from different experiences such as;
Northeastern Nevada SAFE is working to properly educate volunteers, guardians, and the community on guardianships and elder abuse as a whole. The SAFE program is helping to reduce the mass amount of crime against elders while offering education opportunities and information to those who need them.
SAFE volunteers are only required to visit with their assigned elderly individual twice per month. Our hope is that over time this relationship will grow and more time will be spent together.
We understand how busy life can get, and we take pride in working together as a team. If there are times a volunteer believes they are unable to make their visit, a SAFE staff member will happily step in for them.
SAFE volunteers receive guidance and training before they are sworn in and assigned cases. SAFE volunteers will also receive constant and continuous support and training. SAFE volunteers are able to volunteer time based upon their own schedules.
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