A great story: "A little-known, 6-year-old project with nursing students at Marin County's Dominican University has come in handier than ever. The college pairs students with older people in West Marin for home visits each semester, and because they can't now come in person for fear of spreading the virus, they are doing their visits by phone.
Video wouldn't work with this crowd. The clients are all in their 80s or above, and with some living so far back in the woods, they're lucky to get a phone connection, let alone internet. But it turns out jawboning on the phone several times a week with enthusiastic student nurses, who are all in their early 20s, is more than just fine.
The program was started by Ellen Christiansen, a Dominican University professor of public health, in conjunction with West Marin Senior Services. This semester she has 27 students working with 48 senior citizens, most of whom can't drive and live on fixed retirement incomes."
(Ruth Fleshman is legally blind and lives alone in Point Reyes Station with her dog, Zac. A former nursing instructor, Fleshman says she enjoys sharing her knowledge with the students.)
FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/ba...