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.

 

Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

 

Labor Day is held annually on the first Monday of September to celebrate the contributions of our labor force to the United States economy. Today, it’s largely a day of rest and for many, marks the end of the summer season and last change to make trips or hold outdoor events.

With so many people traveling, enjoying cookouts and heading for the beach, it’s important to make safety your number one objective. Here are a few tips:  

Carry an emergency supply kit in your trunk. Let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Buckle up and observe speed limits. Always swim with a buddy in a designated swimming area. Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water. Keep your grill away from the house, tree branches. and anything that could catch fire. Keep children and pets away from the grill. Wear sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids. Labor Day is a great time to relax and reconnect with friends and family, but it’s never a good time to take a vacation from safety.

As the summer winds down and fall begins, take some time to identify what needs to be done to make sure your home will be safe and warm in the coming months. And remember, we are just a phone call away. Just call 382-0515; we’re here to offer help and give you some peace of mind!

 

Senior Services awarded three-year CARF accreditation

CARF International announced that Senior Services of South West Michigan has been accredited for a period of three year for its excellence in the following programs: Assertive Community Treatment: Mental Health (Adults) and Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults).

 

An organization receiving a Three- Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the person served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

 

Congratulations to everyone at Senior Services for their commitment to excellence!

 

August – National Immunization Awareness Month

 

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across your lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. In 2014, the National Public Health Information Coalition is coordinating NIAM activities.

With flu season right around the corner, it’s a good time to find out what immunizations are recommended for older adults. Our Customer Service representative (382-0515) can provide you with some resources that will help enable you to make an informed decision. Most importantly, August is a great time to schedule an appointment with your doctor who can go over with you immunization recommendations and guidelines, and best decide what is appropriate for you.


Keeping Seniors Safe in Hot Weather

 

Seniors are especially susceptible to serious heat complications from hot weather. It’s important to know the facts about heat stress and how to avoid it.

-Diuretics may make older adults more prone to be affected by the sun.

-Many medications including those used for heart conditions, depression and allergies can make a person more sensitive to the heat.

-Seniors should wear sun block when going outside.

-Inside the home use an air conditioner to cool off, or open windows on opposite ends of the house to cross ventilate and increase air flow.

-Drink plenty of fluids (if their medical condition allows) to make up for lost fluids. -As a person gets older, their sense of thirst decreases and by the time they feel thirsty they may already be dehydrated.

-Water is the best form of hydration. Caffeine and alcohol actually dehydrates the body.


The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is now 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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