Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
The Senior Hub Meals on Wheels program is the most unique Meals on Wheels program in the Denver Metro area. We offer 2 different meal options, provide a daily wellness check on each client, extended volunteer service & referral information, and share something positive to brighten the client's day.
Our first meal option includes a meal designed to meet the needs of clients with a more restricted diet. The meal contains no added salt, sugar is minimized, and nothing is fried. Clients must qualify to receive this meal by residence in Adams County, age 60, and homebound status. Meal cost is on a donation basis. Our second option is a restaurant meal designed for clients who are no longer able to travel to a restaurant to enjoy a special meal. The menu is created by Meals on Wheels staff, but prepared by one of 3 local restaurants. This meal is on a self pay basis and is available seven days a week. There are no age restrictions on this meal. The meal can be suited to a client's needs and likes by menu changes as needed.
Volunteers who deliver the meals are a remarkable group. They enjoy forming friendships with the clients, are dependable, caring, trustworthy, cheerful, and strive to improve the quality of life of their clients and sometimes even save client's lives.
Our clients and their families tell us that without our programs, many low-income older adults would have to make choices between getting enough to eat or paying for needed services, rent, utilities, or healthcare costs. In early 2015, 98% of clients said that program services made a Very Positive or Positive difference in their lives. Of clients surveyed, 94% answered that they were Very Likely or Likely to continue using or recommend the services.
The Meals On Wheels programs improve nutritional levels, enabling homebound individuals to maintain their health and independence. All meals provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutrition for older adults.
Senior Solutions provides assistance to older adults who are in need of information, counseling and problem-solving expertise. Staff works in-person with clients who walk into our office and on the phone to help seniors obtain adequate housing, food, and supportive services. Our Information and Referral service covers all of Adams County including Aurora. Other available services include Medical Equipment Lending, and an Emergency Food Bank.
Minor Home Repair helps low and moderate-income seniors by providing reduced-cost home repair services to seniors. All handymen in our referral network are carefully screened by Senior Solutions staff to ensure that they are honest, dependable and conscientious, and appropriate to work in the homes of this vulnerable population. Repairs range from the installation of safety equipment such as grab bars and safety rails to minor plumbing, electrical, painting and carpentry.
Senior Solutions can also provide care management services on a sliding scale. This service can identify the strengths and needs of older adult clients and their families, determines beneficial community services, and creates a care plan that provides appropriate non-medical support.
On satisfaction surveys and assessments conducted at the beginning of 2016, 95% of our direct care clients have told us that our services have made a positive or very positive difference in their life and 96% of our clients have said they are likely or very likely to utilize or recommend our services again.
Public, Society Benefit
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is a national program that provides meaningful community service options, matching volunteers 55 and older with appropriate opportunities and enabling them to contribute their time, energy and expertise at over 60 sites that include Meals on Wheels, schools, hospitals, food banks, museums, libraries, Red Cross, senior centers, churches, community gardens and many more. This year, we will expand services by enrolling and training volunteers to serve in tutoring mentoring teams. In partnership with Adams County school districts, the teams will work with teacher-identified 2nd and 3rd grade elementary school students to provide tutoring and mentoring to help increase students' skills and motivation levels. With the assistance of teachers, we plan to target the students in Adams County who are most in need of educational support.
106,000 hours of service with 550 volunteers.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Rural Meals on Wheels provides five nutritious meals delivered to program participants once a week in Bennett, Watkins, Strasburg, Byers and Deer Trail, and surrounding areas along the I-70 corridor. The Senior Hub is responsible for overall administration of the program and the delivery of meals to clients' homes. Our staff members conduct an initial home visit assessment; ensuring that participants qualify for the program, and helping them complete the required paperwork. We perform re-assessments every six months thereafter.
Program participants can choose between two meal options. In the first option, Volunteers of America (VOA) prepares and delivers pre-packaged frozen nutritious meals to our commercial freezers in rural locations every week. Senior Hub volunteers pick them up and take a week's worth of meals to seniors in one delivery. In the second "Market Basket" option, 10 frozen meals a month, plus fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, bread, cereals, dried fruits, crackers, peanut butter, and canned goods are delivered to the client's home once each month. During the autumn, we also deliver Blizzard Boxes of shelf-stable emergency meals to all clients, each containing food for six meals. All of the Rural Meals on Wheels we deliver are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, and provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutrition for older adults.
Rural Meals on Wheels provides not only nutritious food, but human contact and monitoring of clients' living and health conditions. This monitoring improves the quality of the lives of these individuals, and in some cases may even save a life. Those who benefit are individuals 60 years of age or older living in rural Adams County. Most are low- to moderate-income people who have limited support networks. They have the second-lowest income of residents of any county in the metro area. The number of individuals in this category increases every year, and few resources are available in rural areas. Rural Meals on Wheels addresses their nutritional and human contact needs.
Our clients, their families, and community resources indicate that without the Rural Meals On Wheels program, many low-income older adults would have to make choices between getting enough to eat and paying for other needed services, including rent, utilities, and healthcare costs.
The program improves nutritional levels, enabling older individuals to maintain their health and independence. All meals provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutrition for older adults. When we ask participants if program services have made a positive difference in their lives, 90% indicated that the program helped them remain in their rural homes and improved their well-being.
Homecare Services provides professional and volunteer caregivers to assist older adults with a range of services, from personal care to shopping, meal preparation, and housekeeping. Our caregivers can provide respite care so that primary caregivers can have a break to take care of their own needs or just rest. The program is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a Class B Home Care Agency (non-medical and Medicaid certified). Our caregivers are screened, insured, and they receive ongoing training. Caregivers will help clients access other supportive services available through The Senior Hub if needed. The program facilitates monthly Caregiver Support Groups in Federal Heights, Brighton, and Aurora and it coordinates a Companion Care Program to help older adults care for their pets. Our volunteers will bathe, walk, and take pets to their Veterinarian.
In early 2016, 96% of clients said that our services made a Very Positive or Positive difference in their lives. Of clients surveyed, 94% answered that they were Very Likely or Likely to continue using or recommend the services.
Adult Day Service (ADS) furnishes seniors with dementia and other chronic illnesses a safe place where caregivers can confidently trust us to care for their loved ones during the day, allowing them the ability to go to work or just enjoy some respite time. By providing social, physical and cognitive stimulation throughout the day, with close staff supervision, family members are reassured that their loved ones will be cared for in a caring, compassionate atmosphere. ADS is Medicaid certified.
This is but one of the many thanks we receive daily regarding Adult Day Services. "We wanted to take good care of Jane but didn't know where to turn until we found your program. Jane's illness has given us a glimpse of what may be ahead for each of us in the near future. We can only hope that a program as wonderful and caring as yours will still be available to us then. Thank you for your wonderful service."