Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Meeting the needs of Older Adults and those with disabilities in Southwest Michigan

Who we are ...


Senior Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities anywhere.  We provide vital, life sustaining services to our clients.  Serving Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, as well as other portions of Southwest Michigan, our organization has been caring for those in need for over 50 years.  Our integrated model of care helps keep our clients living safely within their own homes.  With just one call to Senior Services a complete array of services become available.  When you call Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, "One call does it all".


To learn more about our nationally recognized organization or any of our services, please click on the name of any of the programs in the column on the left side of every page of our website.  Click here to view our Mission, Vision and Values.

 

Celebrating Volunteers and Service!

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

 

As the country celebrates service during this National Volunteer Week, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our volunteers, and everyone who shares their kindness, compassion and talents with the community.  A profound common good comes when people decide that their time is worth more when it is given to others.   Thank you for lending a hand to make a difference for others!

 

 

Scott Ward, Senior Services’ Chef/Food Service Manager Wins Top Community Award

 

Chef Scott recently competed in the Ministry with Community’s "Chefs Against Hunger" challenge and brought home the Gold!  The mystery basket style competition allowed Scott only 45 minutes to plan and prepare a three course meal.  Each course had to incorporate the two surprise ingredients, Cheez-Its and eggs. The challenge is designed to replicate the challenges of everyday cooking at Ministry with Community; having a very limited pantry of ingredients and an overabundance of certain donated items. 

 

Chef Scott was the first Chef in the nine years of the event to get a perfect score in all of the judged areas.  His first place win was followed with a tie for second between the Chefs from Bravo! Restaurant and Food Dance.  Other Chefs in the competition represented: BOLD, The Union, The Radisson, Comensoli's, Gonzo's, Arcadia Brewing and Feed The World Cafe. Congratulations Chef Scott for a job well done!

 

  

7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1st


Register online here or print and fax/mail our brochure


Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is happy to announce the sponsors already in place for our 7th Annual Charity Golf Event at Gull Lake Country Club.

Sponsors:

- Title:  New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living,
- Signature:
Langeland Family Funeral Homes,
- Dinner:
Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU),
- Gift Bag:
The Laurels of Galesburg,
- Golf Cart:  
Allegra Print & Marketing

- Snack Cart:  Bronson Healthcare,
- Lunch: Life EMS,

- Breakfast: Kalamazoo Community Foundation,

- Golf FORE Seniors: Borgess Health,

- Closest to the Hole: Benefits Planning Group,
- Best of Care:
Corey’s Bootery.
 

We sincerely thank these Sponsors for partnering with us for our 2015 Charity Golf Event.


More sponsorship opportunities are available! Sponsorships help us raise funds to serve older adults in our community. Help us help those in need while enjoying a great day of golf, food and friends at beautiful Gull Lake Country Club!

If you would like to sign up to golf or sponsor NOW, just click on ‘7th Annual Charity Golf Event’ at top or ‘Early Bird Registration’. You can also call Tonee at 382-0515 x162 or Kathleen x114 if you have any questions.


Big Early Bird registration ($100 a player and $400 a team) ends March 31st  - Starting April 1 its $125 per player and $500 team.  


Come Join us on Monday June 1st 2015 Gull Lake Country Club ~ Golf for a Good Cause!

 

 

Let us Help Navigate your Loved One’s Future

 

Caring for older adults can sometimes be challenging, especially if they are resistant to care. Perhaps they are dealing with loss – whether it’s physical, mental, or the loss of independence. Accepting care means making changes and adjusting to new routines. Some older adults might find it hard to understand why they need help, or might perceive help as a sign of weakness.

Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic that may help you when talking to a loved one resistant to care.


- Determine what help needed
. Figure out what services might work best.


- Talk to your loved one when they are relaxed
.  This will make it easier to speak and listen to each other.


- Ask about preferences
. Do they prefer to talk to a specific family member? Do they like a certain service provider?


- Suggest a trial run
. Let them experience the benefits of assistance.


- Pick your battles
. Compromise when you can. Focus on the big picture.


- Explain how care might prolong independence
. Accepting care might help your loved one remain in their home for as long as possible.


- Don’t give up
. Give them time to think about it. Bring the topic up again later.


How we can help
-


Senior Services’
Navigator program provides professionals on aging to help facilitate discussions and determine current and future needs of your loved one.

 

For more information about this affordable service, call us at 382-0515 and ask to speak to our Customer Service Specialist. Keeping your loved one involved in the decision making process will make it easier to provide them with the care they need.  

 

The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is available on-line...


You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults. 
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web.  You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo.  We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo.  We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


 

Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...


CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading.  You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours.  You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.





      

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Senior Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is a long standing member of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.  Senior Services is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan.


                

 

 

 

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