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On April 1st of this year Jeff Salter, CEO of Caring Senior Service, long-time member of NAHC, and valued member of the Private Duty Home Care Advisory Council, set out on a 9000-mile journey across the United States on an electric bike. Jeff’s odyssey over hills, mountains, through deserts, and inclement weather is in celebration of 30 years of serving seniors, and to visit his 45 Caring locations, but also to raise needed awareness of senior care needs in America, breathing life in the Close the Gap Movement.
As we wrote previously in NAHC Report, Jeff’s choice of an electric bike is more than transportation; it is a symbol of assistance, which allows us all achieve things that we didn’t think were possible. For example, seniors can live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives, but they might need a little assistance at times. Home care can be that assistance to seniors to empower them to remain independent, just like the electric bike is the assistance Jeff needs to enable his journey.
At each stop along his 9,000-mile journey, Jeff has been meeting with city leaders, senior citizen activists, business members, and caregivers to bring attention and engagement to senior care.
Through Jeff’s tour, he has worked tirelessly to:
- Inspire a younger generation to bring new technologies to seniors that can help them age in place,
- Motivate more people to choose caregiving careers, and
- Prompt entrepreneurs to start companies dedicated to serving seniors.
His journey has been filled with beautiful memories, photo opportunities, and new friends found along the way. He and those that have joined him along the way have experienced wonderful weather, but also a number of challenges including multiple flat tires and detours.
As of July 8, 2021, Jeff has successfully crossed through 29 states and biked close to 7500 miles. He is currently battling extreme heat in the western part of the United States as he makes his way across Arizona and back into Texas. On August 12th, Caring Senior Service will commemorate his ride with an anniversary celebration and silent auction to continue to help Close the Gap and raise needed funding for grab bars so more seniors can continue to live safely in the comfort of their own homes.
So far, Jeff and his organization has raised close to $30,000 of their initial $100,000 goal. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors, but as described by Caring Senior Service, the simple and cost-effective installation of grab bars in a senior’s home can greatly reduce the fall risk.
On behalf of everyone at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, we thank Jeff for his commitment to raising awareness about the importance of senior safety and home care. Help to cheer him on as he works to #closethegap.
You can follow him on Instagram at @jeffrey.salter.50 or find him on Facebook to follow the remainder of his adventure across the U.S. in support of senior services