Northern California Regional Fires Help

October 13, 2017
University Health Services Health advisory:smoke from regional fires:

Update: Here’s how to best help evacuees of Northern California fires
The Sacramento Bee (appears to be updated regularly):
Medical supplies 
Palo Alto's Home Care Assistance, which provides assisted living services for seniors, is accepting donated diapers, underpads, sanitary wipes, latex medical gloves, walkers, wheelchairs, canes and other supplies for the elderly or infirm who had to evacuate senior living facilities. For more info visit their website: or call 650-462-9501. Monetary donations for this purpose can also be made to the Red Cross or Episcopal Senior Communities.

Assisted, Independent and Memory Care availability 
Belmont Village Senior Living has capacity to provide short or long-term solutions for seniors who are being displaced or have care needs that are going unmet as a result of the fires. If you know someone who needs a senior living solution to help them get out of harm’s way and to provide a safe living alternative while they deal with the aftermath of the fire, please contact at 844-706-CARE (2273).   Belmont Village has availability at three Bay-area communities in Albany, San Jose and Sunnyvale and they can help accommodate move-in needs to help residents get settled quickly. All of their communities are licensed and offer Assisted Living and Memory Care, as well as Independent Living in the Albany community. If you would like more information, please contact their care advisor at 844-706-CARE (2273).

Short-term emergency housing for Sonoma County fire victims and senior citizens 
Sonoma County homeowners or renters who have extra bedrooms, garage space, couch space or second dwelling units and would be willing to offer short term housing for Sonoma County senior citizen fire victims, Sonoma County displaced seniors need your assistance.  SHARE (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange) offers a Home Sharing Program to provide affordable housing and help seniors "age in place." and can help facilitate secure home shares for homeowners and renters who are currently displaced by the Sonoma Complex Fires.  SHARE will handle background checks, and coordination.  For more information, please call: (707) 765-8488, EXT. 126 or email at: Funding for the SHARE program is also needed. Donations should be made to the Petaluma People Services Center, C/O SHAREFire, 1500 Petaluma Boulevard, South Petaluma, CA, 94952.

LeadingAge California is collecting donations to assist seniors and their communities affected by the wildfires affecting the wine country region and other parts of the state. Founded in 1961, LeadingAge California is an advocate for more than 400 nonprofit providers of senior living and care in California– including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, and home and community-based care serving more than 120,000 of the state’s older adults. Follow this link to donate

Airbnb launched its Open Homes program to help facilitate housing for those fleeing Northern California fires.  The company is also seeking those in nearby areas willing to offer space in their homes for displaced evacuees. See more information and map here: