A key component/service of an Adult Day Care Center is providing daily transportation for our seniors to and from their caregiver's home. These transportation services incur annual costs of which we only recoup about 21.4%. The money's raised through this campaign will go towards supporting these transportation costs and will allow Senior Care of Brevard to continue providing transportation to our seniors.
Guardians are appointed by the Court to care for and make medical and placement decisions on behalf of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for him or herself. Most Guardians are caring and responsible individuals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
In their most recent report, the Oregon Department of Human Services confirmed 4,157 cases of abuse against elders and adults with disabilities in 2014 alone; More than 61% of cases were older adults and people with physical disabilities living at home. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for every one case of elder abuse, about five more go unreported.
The Guardian Partners Volunteer Guardianship monitoring and assistance program uses the following three methods:
• Case Monitoring - Guardian Partners' mission is to assist the Court in protecting vulnerable Oregonians by using trained and supervised volunteers to monitor Guardianship proceedings. This effort reduces the potential for abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
• Supervision - Guardian Partners volunteer monitors provide an independent source of information to the Court. Volunteer monitors are trained in effective Guardianship and how to identify abusive situations.
• Supplementing Resources - Public resources are simply inadequate to provide the level of personal attention and detailed review each protected person under Guardianship deserves. Guardian Partners is a solution bridging the gaps. Our volunteers also act as a referral and support resource for Guardians who are often doing thankless work with little or no support.
United Way of Hunterdon County supports hundreds of seniors in our community every year by providing them with free income tax assistance. It is a program we call "VITA", Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. And it is 100% FREE. We have qualified, certified income tax volunteers who take seniors (and non-seniors) through the entire process, getting them the biggest return possible, and assuring everything is done properly. This process also bring back over $1.8 million (2016) to our community. It is a great program, that saves seniors hundreds of dollars every year on tax preparation. We even offer a "Valet" service. We will pick up all of their information, do their taxes, and drop it all back off for their signatures.
Helping Hands of Yuma has been advocating and striving to meet the needs of our "At Risk" Senior population for over 20 years. We recognize that our socially isolated older adults are at risk for poor physical, emotional, mental and social health. Without providing much needed social interaction, our seniors can suffer a dramatic decline in their overall health. Helping Hands desires to focus on our senior's need to have more social time, activity involvement and peer to peer interaction in order to attain the quality of life necessary to truly live independent fulfilling lives. In order to address social isolation, Helping Hands intends to increase and launch new social events, activities and interaction through community senior friendly seminars, classes and activities as well as an increased one on one social interaction program through friendly phone calls and friendly visits. We can reduce the at risk status of our seniors by implementing social awareness and providing additional opportunities for group and individual interaction. This is why we need your help. Together, through your generous donations we can meet and exceed our goals to increase social enrichment for our Seniors at Risk.