Veteran finds support to live independently

Richard Hall stands with his Catholic Charities case manager Roberta Trujillo.

Richard Hall was ill last year and wary about going to rehabilitation. That’s when Catholic Charities came in and helped the 90-year-old man connect with services to help him improve his health and live independently.

“We want to keep him independent for as long as possible,” said Roberta Trujillo, his case manager. “We keep an eye on him to make sure he’s getting home care, medical services and emotional support and company.”

Hall has lived for about 20 years at the Marian Plaza senior apartment center in Denver, an Archdiocesan Housing property. The military veteran brags about his one-bedroom apartment with a city view and a supportive staff who provide activities and create community.

“This is an excellent apartment really,” he said. “For one person, it’s super.”

Years before Hall came to Marian Plaza, he enlisted at age 15 in the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on the USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) that carried fighter planes used during the war. He continued to serve as a Marine and later married a woman from Japan. He held several jobs including one at the Hilton Hotel in Denver and managing an apartment building on Pearl Street. His wife later passed away, and he decided it was time to move.

Hall applied for an apartment at one of Catholic Charities’ senior living buildings and found a one-bedroom at Marian Plaza. Eventually, he needed assistance with services that help seniors maintain independence and dignity.

Since then, Trujillo has helped Hall keep track and arrive at VA medical appointments, grocery shop, receive Meals on Wheels, connect with local military organizations, maintain his own apartment, and start end-of-life planning.

“Someone in his position may be burly and depressed, but he has a joy for life,” Trujillo said. “He’s just fun to be around.”

Hall said when someone from Catholic Charities, or a visitor, comes by, “things always pick right up.”

 

WHAT IS SENIOR SERVICES?
Senior Services helps older adults maintain safe, quality and independent living. For seniors 55 and older, Catholic Charities provides case management, assistance with benefit applications, advocacy, connection with the community, and education and socialactivities at the Mulroy Senior Center.

By the Numbers

1,210 elderly individuals assisted
through Senior Services

*2016 Catholic Charities Annual Report
Locations

 

Mulroy Senior Center
3550 W. 13th Ave.
Denver
(303) 892-1540

 

Services are also provided in
Larimer and Weld counties.

Learn more at
ccdenver.org/senior-care-services

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