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.
The Medicare Season is here!
Each year from October 15 through December 7, Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity to enroll in a prescription drug plan for the new calendar year. While individuals may stay with their current plan, the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) recommends reviewing your options before making a decision.
Each year, insurance companies have an opportunity to change their benefits. It’s important that people with Medicare not only consider the price of their monthly premium, but also the plan formulary (drug list). You need to make sure the prescriptions you take will still be covered and if there are any restriction like requiring prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy. Other considerations include: the pharmacy you like to use, whether you want a mail order option, whether you will be able to get your prescriptions if you travel and more.
Senior Services has trained MMAP counselors who will assist you in determining the coverage you need. Just call us at 1-800-803-7174 to make an appointment. This free service is funded by State and Federal dollars and does not receive funding from, nor is it affiliated with, any insurance companies.
October – A Busy, Beautiful Month
Along with being one of the most beautiful months, October is also one of the busiest when it comes to the number of groups and organizations that raise awareness or celebrate an event.
To mention a few, October is: Disability Awareness month, LGBTQ History month, National Breast Cancer Awareness month, ADHD Awareness month, Dental Hygiene month, Domestic Violence Awareness month, Fire Prevention month, Physical Therapy month, Pastor Appreciation Month, Vegetarian Awareness month and more.
At Senior Services, we kick off our Pet Food Drive on October 10th and it runs through October 14th. This drive is hosted by RSVP, Your Invitation to Volunteer, along with Cool 101FM, to help seniors who may be struggling financially, feed their pets while meeting their own needs. Donations of small unopened bags of dog and cat food, or cash donations, are appreciated.
Donations are accepted at Senior Services in Kalamazoo anytime during the year or at Cool 101 broadcasts from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during our Pet Food Drive week (locations will be announced). For more information just call 382-0515; thank you for your support!
Ways to Stay Connected When Living Alone
As people age, there are several reasons why so many are forced to live alone. For some, they have lost their spouse or partner, others never had children, and those that did, live too far away for them to provide support. According to an article by Jennifer Mellet, a senior living officer in Seattle, a 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that both isolation and loneliness are associated with a higher risk of mortality in adults 52 and older.
Here are some tips for families to help seniors beat loneliness.
Make transportation available. Offer rides and help older adults learn how to use public transportation so they can maintain a sense of independence.
Promote a sense of purpose. Seniors with a sense of purpose or hobbies are less likely to succumb to the negative effects of social isolation.
Nurture something. If a senior is capable of caring for a pet, pets can be quite beneficial to ward of loneliness. Even tending to a garden can satisfy our nurturing drive.
Encourage healthy eating. Seniors who live alone may not always prepare healthy meals for themselves. Consider a meal delivery program, such as our Food for All, or encourage seniors to share a meal with others at one of our congregate dining sites.
Senior Services offers opportunities for older adults to share a meal and participate in exercise programs such as: Ballroom dance, Tai Chi, Exercise with Susan, or Chair Yoga. If you like to draw or paint, knit, or play cards, we offer that too! For more information, just click on the Coover Senior Center tab beneath Personal Enrichment Services on the left side column.
Is it time to offer help
Sometimes it’s hard to decide the right time to offer assistance to those closest to you. Here are a few tips that will help you recognize the warning signs that may lead to problems and loss of independence as people grow older.
Have your parents or loved ones lost interest in socializing or hobbies? This could be due to depression or a physical health issue that has caused them to discontinue things they once enjoyed.
Has their gait changed or do they have difficulty getting up or standing? Do they suddenly lack an interest in their appearance or keeping up with daily good grooming habits? Is there a lack of home maintenance or poor housekeeping?
Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator, or is it bare because they can’t get to the grocery store?
Is there a problem keeping appointments and managing medications that might indicate memory loss?
These are a few examples of signs that indicate that it’s time to offer help. Talk to you loved one openly and honestly and point out your concerns. It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but one that could possible prevent hospitalizations and loss of independence.
When it’s time to offer help, call us at 269-382-0515 and speak to one of our many caring professionals who will guide you through your concerns and needs. One call today could provide peace of mind tomorrow.
Adapted from: www.allaboutseniors.org
Senior Services Home Care
Our Home Care Department is currently looking for caring & dependable home health aides and certified nurse aides to join our amazing team. We offer a competitive wage, flexible work schedules and the ability to earn paid time off.
If you have a passion for providing care to older adults, so they can remain living independently at home, and want to be a part of a team that is compassionate and professional, then look no further; Senior Services Home Care is the answer!
To apply online, click here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/SeniorServices/SeniorServicesApplication
Affordable In-Home Support Services
As summer winds down, thoughts turn towards preparing for the fall and winter months. Let us help you or your loved ones with some affordable In-Home support Services.
Navigator: Provides customers with the opportunity to discuss family needs with a professional in aging services. Cost of service is based on length and complexity of the assessment and care plan.
Home Care: In-home care includes a wide variety of services, from personal care to home making, shopping assistance, and so much more. Our hourly rates are very competitive and based on the type of service provided.
Home Repair: Provides minor home repairs and modifications to improve safety in and around the home. Cost for modifications such as: grab bars, banister repair or replacement, accessible ramps, walker steps and more, is based on labor plus materials,
Food for All: Nutritious meals prepared from scratch by our culinary staff and delivered to your door; variety of meals to choose from.
Why get services from us? Senior Services of Southwest Michigan has been serving older adults in our community for over 52 years, a testament to our high standards and profession staff. We are trusted, dependable and caring; you can count on us. We provide service with a smile, a job well done and most importantly, peace of mind.
To learn more about our 20 programs under one roof, call 382-0515 today!
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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