Saving Our Seniors
Filling the Gap Between Medicare and No Care
From Dependence to Independence
About Us - Throughout her more than ten years of experience as an occupational therapy assistant in the Tampa Bay area, Kelli Casto experienced firsthand the high number of seniors that were forced to go without the necessary medical equipment to maintain independence at home and optimal health. This was caused by financial hardships, lack of availability, long wait lists, and denial of funding from Medicare. Lack of necessary medical equipment leads to a much higher risk of readmittance into hospitals and rehab centers. Frustrated by the healthcare system’s inefficiencies and lack of proper support for underserved and low-income seniors, Ms. Casto founded Saving Our Seniors (“SOS” or the “Organization”) in 2016 in her one-bedroom apartment.
Who we serve
- Must be a resident of Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, or Hillsborough counties.
- The senior has no insurance, limited insurance coverage, or limited financial resources.
- All equipment must be used solely by the applicant.
- Each applicant must be 55 and over with disability or 65 + and makes less than $1500.00 per monthly income.
What we do - The mission of SOS is to be help seniors regain and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle to improve their overall quality of life in and outside of their home.
It is the Organization’s assertion that everybody should be treated equally despite their age or economic status. SOS fills the gap between Medicare and financial limitations with a focus on providing more independence to seniors who would normally have to remain sedentary or face reinjury due to the unavailability of proper equipment to improve care options. The Organization’s goal is to be a one stop resource center for disabled seniors 55 and older who earn less than $1500 per month. SOS is committed to servicing 200 seniors a month in Pinellas, Manatee, Pasco, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. SOS is currently in Phase I of the four foundational phases of the capacity building process. The goal is to continue to provide medical equipment, while expanding services to meet the numerous needs of low-income seniors. We trace our success as a company to the simple and enduring philosophy that aging is a gift. The wealth of knowledge and experience that comes with age is a gift to the individual & the family. We work to provide an environment that supports the whole person—mind and heart, as well as body.
How to help - There are many ways you can support our mission. We always welcome cash donations. We're a not for profit, so your donations are tax deductible. But you can always donate your time as a volunteer. We have opportunities in our warehouse, as a driver delivering or picking up equipment, or assisting with events and promotions.
We are always looking for donations of gently used equipment, and if you prefer you can be a volunteer "finder" assisting us with locating equipment that will help fulfill our mission.
Gently Used Medical Equipment & Supplies
1. Meeting Mobility Needs
2. A wheel chair or walker can make an enormous difference in a senior’s life.
3. Meeting Daily Care Needs
4. Empowering Independence
You can change the life of a senior in need by donating time, money, or supplies.