Planet 13 working with county to provide seniors with meals

Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 22:30:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom and staff from Clark County’s Social Service Department joined with executives from Planet 13 Las Vegas to announce a partnership to provide 100 free meals a day, Monday through Friday, to vulnerable stay-at-home seniors and disabled residents.

"This is our home," says Bob Groesbeck with Planet 13. "We have an obligation to help people and we're going to continue to do what we can."

As part of the partnership, Planet 13 is utilizing its on-site restaurant, Trece, to prepare and package meals for aging and disabled clients enrolled in Clark County’s Homemaker Home Health Aide Program. Home health aides, contracted through private agencies to provide homemaker services to clients, pick up the meals from Planet 13 and deliver them to the residents they serve.

“We are very grateful for Planet 13’s generous offer to provide healthy meals to vulnerable people each day in our community at no cost,” said Commissioner Segerblom, whose County Commission District E includes Planet 13, a marijuana dispensary. “We appreciate the contributions of their chef and kitchen staff to make this program possible for seniors and disabled residents who are at high risk of being exposed to coronavirus if they leave their homes.”

About 100 of the clients served through the County’s Homemaker Health Aide Program are receiving two meals twice a week from the program. Menu items include soups, hamburgers, sandwiches, tacos and burritos.

“This has been a very difficult time for seniors who are at risk every time they leave their homes, and don’t have the means to pay for food delivery services,” said Bob Groesbeck, Planet 13 Co-CEO. “With our new restaurant, Trece, we are fortunate to have the ability to prepare nutritious and delicious meals for those in need. We would like to thank Clark County Chairperson Marilyn Kirkpatrick and commissioner Tick Segerblom for allowing to us to contribute to their Senior Services program.”

The Social Service Department’s Homemaker Home Health Aide Program provides homemaking and personal care services to clients. The goal of the program is to help clients and their family members maintain self-sufficiency and the ability to stay in their homes to reduce the need for custodial care. Homemaker services include general housekeeping, shopping for groceries and medications, meal preparation and planning, laundry, and personal hygiene in the form of baths (help with tub baths or showers and bed baths). Services not provided are moving heavy objects, yard work, washing windows or walls, shopping for household items or clothing, dispensing medication or performing tasks that require skilled nursing training.

"Some of our clients are afraid to come out of their houses right now," says Terri Bell, a home health aid with At Home Solutions. "For them to serve something that's not out of a can or a sandwich, they love it."

The program currently serves about 500 clients and has a waiting list for other who meet Clark County Social Service income eligibility guidelines. To inquire about the program, call Clark County’s Social Service Department at (702) 455-4270 or email the program’s administrator: SeniorServices@ClarkCountyNV.Gov.