by ECHHO (Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization) Secular
We employ 5 employees, including 1 full-time and 4 part-time. One of our employees is an intern, and we hope to hire him permanently and full-time when his internship ends. All of us, including our Executive Director, are working at only slightly over minimum wage. It would be appropriate for the staff to receive salary increases.
Moreover, we are housed in a 1970s building that is very much in need of updating. We need a new roof, new paint on our interior walls and new carpeting.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM)'s Guardianship Services program has been the sole provider of guardianship services to the indigent, incompetent adults in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties since 1989 and 1993, respectively. The program provides staff and volunteer guardians to vulnerable older adults deemed incompetent by the respective county's Probate Court. The mission is to provide trained, qualified legal guardians to serve as concerned, caring advocates and surrogate decision-makers when a less restrictive alternative to guardianship is not available. Typically, older adults under guardianship have some form of dementia and reside in nursing facilities or assisted living. Other adults under guardianship have a severe mental illness and reside in assisted living or a community setting. Often there is no family, or they are estranged because of alcoholism, drug addiction, previous abuse, neglect or exploitation. The guardians take on full decision-making responsibility for individuals under guardianship, commonly called "wards," who cannot make their own decisions as they cannot understand and/or comprehend such complex issues as their diagnosis, disease processes, or disease management. The guardianship programs of LMM also provide support, assistance and education to caregivers and families overwhelmed with the guardianship process. The staff collaborates with social service agencies to seek solutions for the least restrictive alternative, in the best interest of the vulnerable adult. The programs also serve the community by providing education on guardianship issues, resources and alternatives.
The guardianship services impact every ward by positively improving their life. Persons under guardianship are able to have their basic needs met, have timely and appropriate medical care, receive entitled benefits, live in safe affordable housing, have advanced directives and funeral plans in place, and receive appropriate legal decisions made on their behalf. In addition, interventions of guardianship provide for the peace, well-being and dignity to significantly improve the person's quality of life.
Each year, the Council on Aging of Central Oregon provides more than 82,000 Meals on Wheels to upwards of 714 homebound seniors in the tri-counties. Many live alone, on fixed and limited incomes, with few family supports. They can no longer shop for, prepare, or even afford their own meals. Those residing in rural areas are additionally challenged, as resources are few and far away.
Without Meals on Wheels, they would struggle with hunger and malnutrition, experience social isolation, and be at risk for elder neglect and abuse. With Meals on Wheels, they realize improved nutrition, better management of chronic disease, consistent visits from volunteer drivers that guard against anxiety and depression, and ongoing wellness checks that improve both personal health and home safety. Your donation will help feed these seniors in need.
by Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound (CASA) of Madison County
Clients, family members, and caregivers contact us to help them address their aging issues and concerns. Our staff provides each client with a home visit to assess their individual situation, conduct a home safety check, and then provide each client with their own care management plan. CASA's goal is to provide needed direct services, at no cost to our clients, allowing them to remain in their own homes. We receive no reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance providers. We depend on local donations and community volunteers who deliver our services. The average CASA client's income is $1,010/month.
The concept of aging in place in its simplest form is growing older without having to move. It allows our local residents to remain as independent as they possible can, regardless of their abilities, in homes that are safe and secure. That is the foundation of CASA's Aging in Place program. All assistance is provided at no cost to our clients, and CASA receives no reimbursement fees for any of these services. CASA currently serves 2,267 seniors and homebound citizens.
CASA's Aging in Place program currently offers the following services:
Wheelchair Ramps, CASA Vegetable Garden, Grab Bars and Handrails, Safety Net Health Care Services, Friendly Visiting/Telephone Reassurance,
TEMP$ (Taking Energy Measures Personally = $avings), Information and Referral, Weather Assistance (A/Cs, fans), Transportation to Medical Appts.
Purpose: CASA's two primary areas of concern for our clients are safety and accessibility. Grab bars installed in and outside of their tub/shower by trained volunteers can prevent falls. For those who can no longer stand (for showering) or get up and out of the bathtub, a shower chair or tub transfer bench can make all the difference. This durable medical equipment (DME) is not covered by Medicare insurance and without CASA, most of our clients would be unable to purchase it, thus placing them at risk for falls.
Accessibility is the other barrier for many disabled or elderly clients. Going out to their mailbox can be fraught with safety concerns, especially if their front steps are without a handrail. CASA volunteers can also eliminate this risk for wheelchair-bound clients by constructing wheelchair ramps.