"Making sure seniors are taken care of in this area is important, so we try to provide a lot of different things -- nutrition, homecare, spotting elder abuse, transportation to the doctor or to the store," he said. "We also have a chore program that can help with doing day-to-day chores, like mowing their grass, that they can't do anymore."
The agency is funded through grants and donations, as well as Medicare and Medicaid for those who are eligible. The seniors who receive gifts through Putnam Aging do not need to be a client -- they can be referred by a friend, relative, senior center worker, or inquire themselves, Duchaine said.
"It's a variety of people, especially those who are financially disadvantaged or homebound," he said.
Virginia Cochran, of Poca, said she has never used Putnam Aging's services before, but regularly visits her local senior center, where the director referred her to the agency's partnership with WV Senior Santa.
"I didn't make a list," Cochran said. "But I'm sure they knew what I needed."
For Duchaine, the gift program is a vital part of helping seniors to feel safe and cared for. Those interested in the program or who know a senior citizen who might benefit from one of Putnam Aging's programs can call 304-755-2385 or visit www.putnamaging.com.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.