The second-annual GIVE65 Event was held July 11-13. For 65-hours donors, businesses and nonprofits from across the United States joined together to give seniors hope. Congratulations to all the participating nonprofits! And, a great big thank you to the donors who made the generous decision to GIVE65.
Catholic Family Center's Adult and Aging Services provide special, specific and vital services for adults and aging adults (17% of our clients in 2015 were 65 years of age and older and nearly 30% of our clients were over 55 years of age). Partnering with agencies like Lifespan and Home Instead help extend our reach and effectiveness, integrating care for the whole-person, and keeping more aging adults in their home.
Our Adult and Aging Services program includes Adult Protective/Guardianship Services, Eldersource, In-home Services for Older Adults (with which we partner with Home Instead), Kinship Navigator (for grandparents raising family members' child(ren)) and STAR (Support to Aging Residents) Program. During 2015, we served over 5400 aging adults.
Senior Ride-A Lifeline To Health Care For Low Income Elderly
by Travelers Aid Society of Birmingham, AL Inc.
Research estimates that one in five Americans age 65 and older no longer drive and people outlive their ability to drive an average of 6 to 11 years. Oftentimes there are health or safety issues that create a dependence upon other sources for transportation needs. Without available, affordable, and accessible transportation there is a risk for deteriorated health, isolation, and an overall diminished quality of health. Lack of transportation is a barrier to health care. It is compounded for people of low income and especially so for the elderly and the disabled, creating a distinct transportation disadvantage. Alleviating transportation barriers can be instrumental in the elderly populations' ability to access health care.
DHHA is one of the few agencies in the United States that provides in-home care and community health services to the poor, sick elderly regardless of their ability to pay. Our team coordinates a variety of services to help patients meet their daily needs with hope and resolve.
Our nurses (RNs) go above and beyond just taking vital signs and checking medications - we provide in-depth, holistic care in the patient's home that encourages independence, improves health outcomes, and allows our patients to age with dignity.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Personal Care Providers (PCPs) deliver a wealth of personal care including bathing, help dressing, preparing meals, and laundering. This personal care helps our patients remain safe in their homes.
Additional Services Available for DHHA Patients:
Patient Health Advocates (PHAs) work directly with our patients, reducing the gaps in their care. We work with community agencies to connect patients with available resources.
Food for Patients is a DHHA program supported by generous donations from specific organizations. As a result, we are able to provide nutritious food for our patients during in-home visits.
Friendly Visitor/Pastoral Care volunteers provide both spiritual and social visits in person and/or by phone. These optional visits improve our patients' health by reducing isolation and feeding the soul and spirit.