This program allows for the organization to pay for trained caregivers to come into the homes of people with Parkinson's disease to provide assistance to the individual with the disease or to offer respite for the family member. This is done on a sliding scale basis and allows low income families or individuals to have access to services they might not otherwise be able to receive. Eligible clients receive up to 20 hours of service a week and may pay as little as $3.00 per hour. The subsidized respite program has been an integral program to many in the Houston area who need relief and help as they face direct challenges to their activities of daily living brought on by Parkinson's disease.
Ability Found is seeking support to enhance its services to seniors in need of durable medical equipment. Seniors served by this program are living at or below the poverty level, making access to necessary equipment next to impossible. Seniors in need rely on Ability Found to locate, refurbish, deliver, install and/or fit durable medical equipment so they can enjoy a greater quality of life.
Every gift makes a difference...and your funds go a long way. With a donation of just $350, Ability Found is able to locate, deliver, install and provide instruction to a senior who is in need of two bathroom grab bars, a bedside commode, a shower chair and a wheeled walker. This is life-changing for these folks!
Support from the general public makes the work of Ability Found possible for seniors in West Valley City and surrounding communities. Please join Ability Found in its efforts to give our grandparents, parents, neighbors, and friends the safety, freedom and independence they so deserve. Your generosity is very much appreciated by the Ability Found staff, and the seniors they serve.
by Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Participants meet HETRA horses of all sizes from our adorable minis to our astounding drafts. Everyone is always interested in the horses' background story and sharing stores of growing up on farms in days gone by and riding adventures of their own! The horses help participants overcome anxiety and depression, decrease a sense of isolation, and a chance to access the experiences of their past and bring to life the present.
HETRA offers various programs to serve individuals of all ages of various ability levels. 1. Therapeutic Riding is conducted in a group setting and teaches reining and use of aids while incorporating therapeutic benefits such as balance and leg strength. 2. Hippotherapy utilizes the 3-dimensional movement of the horse as the primary therapeutic tool. Goals are therapy directed such as improving balance, coordination, posture, fine motor control, improving articulation and increasing cognitive skills. 3. Therapeutic Carriage Driving combines the knowledge of horses, harnessing, and carriage driving skills using teamwork. Balance, hand eye coordination, and sensory integration are a few of the therapeutic benefits to carriage driving. 4. Equine Services for Veterans is designed to provide opportunities for improvement physically, mentally and socially for military Veterans of any age and type of disability.
This platform would impact the senior population at HETRA in three key areas:
1. Participant in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies have mental, emotional and physical benefits for the aging population. These equine assisted activities all provide an exercise that increases physical strength, muscle tone, balance, range of motion, hand/eye coordination, along with many other physical benefits. Attendance at the barns benefits a person mentally by keeping people engaged in the community, building relationships in an intergenerational activity and the cognitive processing of complex activities.
2. Enrichment activity for senior living facilities, for examples, tours and grooming activities. These are a recreational, social, and outreach events with a PATH Intl certified instructor leading a "meet and greet".
3. Awareness campaign for active seniors for volunteer opportunities. One of HETRA's greatest assets are the volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to our programs. Each year HETRA trains 100 - 150 volunteers to assist with sessions and horse care.
There is currently limited transportation options for seniors in Eagle County who do/can not drive. Eagle Valley Senior Life would like to expand on the current services available by offering rides for seniors to do shopping, go to the post office, and go to local events and activities. Funding will help support the launch of this project and hiring of a coordinator to administer the project.