The Optimal Hospice Foundation Patient Care Funding program provides access to care via funding for patients/seniors who qualify for hospice care but who are uninsured, underinsured or whose coverage benefits have run out. Patient care includes skilled nursing care, certified home health aides, medications, medical equipment and supplies, medical social workers, bereavement support and education that promotes quality end-of life care. When the focus of medical care changes from cure to comfort, hospice can provide physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support for the entire family. Funding hospice care for those who qualify, but do not have funding can change the life of not only the patient but the family by allowing them to focus on what matters most - making every moment count.
Our Home Care Aide program provides in-home assistance with personal care needs (e.g. bathing, dressing, grooming), meal preparation, laundry, and other light homemaking services, to elderly and disabled citizens of Dallas County. By providing basic in-home care we are able to help them maintain their safe and secure lifestyle in their own homes. They are provided the opportunity for a higher quality of life as productive citizens while they remain involved, contributing members of their community. This not only serves to empower these individuals, but also the entire family unit. Many adult children are struggling to maintain full time jobs, raise their own children and care for their aged parent. By distributing the caregiving responsibilities, family stress is reduced and the client's physical and emotional well-being is enhanced. Clients' feelings of independence increase as they experience and enjoy interactions from those other than family alone. This external source of contact also provides a valuable resource for family. An extra set of eyes and ears, assessing client's progress and abilities, allowing family peace of mind.
Unlike other home care agencies serving Dallas County, our focus is to provide care not only to those who can afford to pay for services, but also to those who would otherwise go without the help due to inability to pay. By utilizing various grant funding, HomeCare Services, Inc. of Dallas County has historically been known as the 'gap filler' or 'safety net provider', furnishing in-home services to a population of county citizens who are normally faced with a barrier to services due to their low income levels and inability to pay standard private rates. These individuals, even at their low income levels, don't qualify for state assistance because they 'make too much', yet their income doesn't even come close to allowing them the ability to afford to pay full fee for services. Each of the past three years we provided approximately 4,500 hours of in-home service to this population. This number has remained constant, with growth potential directly correlated to availability of funding. Obtaining this funding has become increasingly difficult in recent times as a result of the shift in direction of State and local appropriations. However despite these obstacles, we remain committed to providing continuity of affordable care to our clients as we search for alternate resources.
A comprehensive program of fitness, educational, social and support activities at the PrimeLife Enrichment Center - featuring an indoor walking track, indoor 87 degree pool, dance/exercise floor and circuit/cardio exercise equipment. Participants may exercise independently (after consultation with a fitness consultant) or by participating in a wide variety of classes facilitated by senior fitness certified instructors (including Arthritis Foundation). These fitness activities are particularly successful as they are supported by clubs, games, socials, daily hot lunch service, volunteer opportunities, on-site access to SHIP (Medicare advice/assist), Bereavement and Caregiver Support groups and case management.. Transportation is provided to and from the Center, and for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other access needs. Participants credit the program for dramatic improvements in mental and physical health, and for keeping them active and able to live independently. The warm, friendly environment of the Enrichment Center is a welcoming "home away from home" for those fortunate enough to find it through word-of-mouth referrals or their own research. Unfortunately, many who need us do not know of our existence, so we are currently focused on a targeted Marketing initiative called "A place for ME" - so ALL who need this essential, transformative program will be able to benefit! $59,000 has been secured to replace aging and outdated exercise equipment in our Fitness Room! We would like to raise an additional $5,000 to purchase supplemental free weights and support equipment such as water gloves (for Arthritis), pool noodles and weights, resistance bands, ankle weights, large exercise balls, etc. for aquatic and land classes.
Aging Services is a local nonprofit organization that offers a continuum of services to help older adults remain in their home. Aging Services Mission is to enhance the lives of older adults by providing services and resources to help them remain independent. Services include, but are not limited to, Case Management, Respite, Chore Home Repair, Transportation, Adult Day Health, Referral and Resource Services, and Volunteer Services. Witwer Healthy Aging is a program of Aging Services that is dedicated to helping seniors in our community live happy, healthy, active lives.
Witwer Healthy Aging offers countless activities and programs at over 11 different sites throughout our community to keep seniors engaged in the community. Programs range from social and physical activities to nutrition, education and evidence-based courses and opportunities. Help us to continue to provide these important programs by donating to Aging Services.