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.
Labor Day Travel Tips
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to AAA, a total of 34.1 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more from home. Here are a few tips for the holiday weekend.
Road trips offer a great way for family members to bond with one another but there are some important safety tips to keep in mind for the journey. Even though summer is almost over, a lot of regions are still experiencing higher than normal temperatures. It’s important to bring plenty of water and snacks to keep hydrated and energized. This will also prevent making frequent stops to grab a bit to eat, although it is good to stop even once in a while to stretch your legs and use the bathroom.
If you are visiting older adults, call ahead to make sure they are at home and to see if there is something that you can pick up for them; its’ always nice to show up with a few treats that you can enjoy together.
A visit is also a good time to catch up and see how our loved one is doing. Be alert to their health condition or anything that seems out of the ordinary. They might not want to call you up and tell you something doesn’t seem right, but a face to face visit offers a great opportunity to sit down talk about health and general needs in a relaxed setting.
If your loved one is in the Kalamazoo area and you are planning to get away, call us at 382-0515 to set up some home care services or to sign up for ‘Food for All’, delicious, nutritious meals delivered right to your door for an affordable price. Delivery is free and there are many different meals to choose from. A home care aide, along with nutritious meals, will put your mind at ease, and give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your time away from home.
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!
Want to make A Difference?
Are you new to the community, or just looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Do you want to meet new friends, brighten someone’s day and feel good about yourself? We have the answer; become a Meals on Wheels volunteer!
This volunteer opportunity comes with a flexible schedule, and a time commitment of 1.5 to 2 hours, whether it’s once a week, once a month, or however it best fits into your schedule.
And what’s more, you’ll find YOU get a lot out of it, too, like the fact that you are making a difference, you’re helping someone stay in their home for as long as possible, and you’re greeting them with perhaps the only smile they get all day.
But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what Tim and Jackie have to say about delivering meals. “All you have to do is drive,” Jackie Peters told her husband, Tim when they were considering delivering meals. “We can try it,” he told her. “We’re still trying it,” he said, now that they’ve been delivering meals for 6 years, as volunteers with RSVP – Your Invitation to Volunteer. Tim does the driving and Jackie is the hopper – she takes the meal to the door. “I’m a talker,” she said. “I enjoy visiting and I enjoy people. They are happy with their food, a smile and hello, and a few kind words.”
Why not give it a try? Just call 382-0515 and see how easy it is to get started. Meals on Wheels; a small commitment that brings big rewards
Compassion Fatigue – Coping with Stress
Compassion Fatigue happens when emotion residue, whether from work or life, compromises the person’s well-being. Many caregivers experience compassion fatigue, or as one woman said, the feeling of being pulled in a downward spiral. The only way out, for some, is to work harder, and continue to give more to others until they’re completely tapped out.
What can caregivers do to avoid this pitfall? Here are a few coping strategies:
Create a daily routine to help regain a sense of control
:Eat balanced healthy meals
- Get extra rest to let your body relax and recover
- Avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco – limit caffeine
- Don’t dwell on the news of a crisis, just gather the information you need and take it step by step.
- Be aware of the impact of your own past experiences on your current functioning.
- Seek mental health assistance when you are concerned about your reaction or thoughts.
- Remember, you have to help yourself first, so you can help others.
We at Senior Services understand the demands and challenges of providing round the clock care for a loved one. Why not give our Home Care program a call at 382-0515 and give yourself the break that you so deserve. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to ask for help.
Summer - The perfect time to volunteer!
Summer is here, a great time to enjoy the outdoors, take day trips, work in the garden, and more.
For those with family and friends, it’s a great time to reconnect, but for many older adults who live alone, it’s a lonely time. If you are reading this article and think, ‘that’s me’, we have the perfect solution. Why not make this the summer you get out, and meet new people through volunteering.
In a study recently published in the journal ‘The Gerontologist’, volunteers reported significant improvements in their mental health along with other benefits ranging from a greater feeling of productivity, to increased social activity, to an overall sense that their life had improved.
The study highlights the importance of offering emotionally meaningful volunteer opportunities for older adults and providing volunteers with adequate support and freedom. Older adults find purpose, satisfaction, and good health later in life, at the same time they give back to society.
Senior Services offers some excellent volunteer opportunities through: RSVP – your invitation to Volunteer, a Governor’s Award winning program, and Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs which have long been recognized as exemplary volunteer opportunities. Just call 382-0515 and ask for Tracie or Karen; they will be happy to talk to you.
Summer if the perfect time to start – the weather’ great, roads are clear, and the opportunities are endless. Make THIS the summer that you pass on your talents and years of experience. Make THIS the summer that you meet new friends, volunteer in your community, and have fun while making a difference!
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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