Terrific Tuesdays Day Club program is staffed with a paid director, trained community volunteers and nursing students from local universities. This program is designed to meet the needs of both the person with dementia and their caregiver. Members have a sense of engagement while participating in memory-enhancing activities honoring their life stories. This program allows them the opportunity to reminisce and socialize with others while participating in non-aerobic exercise and creative, purposeful activities. They are also able to experience sensory stimulation and cook simple meals.
Research proves that cognitive and social stimulation improves mood and cognition and delays regression of activities in daily living for individuals with dementia. This means caregivers are able to give care at home for longer and delay residential facility placement. Caregivers also benefit with a break to recharge, relax, maintain relationships with friends, and maintain their own health by keeping up with personal doctor visits and more.
We want seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live safely and independently in the homes and communities they love. We provide free home safety inspections and a wide variety of handy person services that help maintain homes inside and out, and provide things like shopping, meal prep, and companionship for those who need them. Most of these jobs are done by retirees, who either volunteer their time or earn just $12/hr for what they do. This model has worked for us for over 22 years, and helped thousands of older homeowners age in place.
Of the approximately 500 households we serve, over 150 are low-income. They find themselves juggling grocery and medical bills with other essential expenses, like taxes and utilities. In many cases there just isn't anything left over for things like home maintenance. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
For the past few years we've been working hard to raise funds so these seniors can take care of their homes...and their self esteem. We've helped with essential repairs like plumbing, electrical work, painting, and carpentry work, along with more routine jobs. There is always more to do!
What if you could no longer drive? How would you get to appointments, visit with friends, participate in faith services, go shopping or do any of the other things that keep you healthy and connected to the people and resources that sustain you? A growing number of our elderly, low-income neighbors face this dilemma each day. You can change their lives with a contribution to Neighbor Ride's Good Neighbor Fund, which supports the provision of free, volunteer-driven transportation for seniors in need. Every $10 donated will provide one much-needed ride.
In an effort to expand program and services to meet the needs of the upcoming Baby Boomer generations Senior Services of Wichita is poised to raise funds that will do the following:
Expand capacity to prepare and deliver Meals on Wheels from 900 people a day (current capacity) to approximately 3,000 people.
Increase a computer lab for senior center members and job seekers in the Senior Employment Program from 6 stations to 12 stations.
Build a formal event center so seniors and their families can hold reunions, parties, weddings and other larger events. Current space only allows for one large group at a time. Often the agency must turn away other large groups because space is so limited.