Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Senior Companion Program volunteers help make a difference by providing friendship and assistance to adults with their daily living tasks enabling the person to remain independent in their own home. Drinking a cup of coffee together, talking about their day or remembering yesterday, playing a board game, watching a favorite television program, or taking a walk, being a Senior Companion is a great way to assist our older adults. For more information on participating in the Senior Companion Program, call (814) 946-1235.
Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Foster Grandparent Program is one of the many unique programs the Agency offers. Being a Foster Grandparent to area children is rewarding and beneficial to the Foster Grandparent volunteer and the children they come to know very well. Foster Grandparents serve as surrogate grandparents for children whose extended family may live out-of-town or who do not have a relationship with their grandparents. If you would like to become a Foster Grandparent and make a positive difference in a child’s life, call (814) 946-1235.
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program offers free tax preparation assistance to consumers who meet the eligibility requirements. Many of these consumers are unable to prepare their own returns or cannot afford the expense of a paid preparer. All volunteers receive training in basic tax returns that meet both state and federal filing requirements. Trainings are conducted each November, December, and January. For more information, call (814) 946-1235.
Blair Senior Services, Inc. offers door-to-door transportation to Blair County residents. Anyone of any age can ride the van. Some programs exist to help pay for transportation for those under age 60. Funded trips for residents between the ages of 60-64 are limited to medical appointments and federal buildings, such as the Social Security office. Consumers age 65 or older may use the van for multiple purposes, such as transportation to medical appointments, stores or hairdressers. Having reliable transportation during the week can help to change consumers’ lives. It offers freedom and independence. Every trip is based on mileage and is a very inexpensive way to get where you need to go. Trips must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Contact Blair Senior Service’ Transportation Office at (814) 695-3500 to schedule a trip or to get rate information.
The Protective Services Program helps people age 60 and older who may be at risk for abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. A Protective Services worker will meet with the consumer to investigate the allegations and develop a care plan with the consumer to reduce the risk. The majority of the Protective Services cases are self-neglect and they have also seen an increase in financial exploitation cases. Older adults can be victimized by scams or by a Power of Attorney misusing their money. Protective Services workers investigate all forms of elder abuse whether it occurs in the community or in a long term care facility. To learn more about Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Protective Services program, call (814) 946-1235.
Blair Senior Services, Inc. has many programs and services to assist our older adults and their caregivers. They touch the lives of those one year of age to 100 years of age in very positive and personal ways. They accomplish this by creating dynamic and unique programs which cross over all ages and demographics. Consider becoming a Blair Senior Services, Inc. volunteer today! The rewards will be life changing for you and those you help. To learn more, call (814) 946-1235.
The word “Ombudsman” is a Swedish term that means citizen representative. Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Ombudsman serve as an advocate for the rights of all residents in personal care homes, nursing homes/long term care facilities, domiciliary homes and adult day care centers. Blair Senior Services’ Ombudsman visits over 45 long term care facilities checking with residents to determine if their rights are being upheld, needs are met, and concerns have been resolved. No problem or concern is too small. Complaints can include: improper food temperatures, medication management issues, missing belongings or problems with staff or other residents. If complaints are substantiated, the Ombudsman will help to resolve the issue. For more information on becoming an Ombudsman volunteer, call (814) 296-6336.
A common saying is “there is no place like home!” For many people, this is true because as they view their home as their own personal safe haven. However, there are some people in our community who cannot relate to this statement because they do not have a place to call home. Most people are familiar with the foster care system available to children without adequate housing and supervision. But what happens when an adult is unable to care for themselves independently, but does NOT require skilled nursing care? An option that many people are not aware of is Domiciliary Care.
The Aging Waiver Program is an alternative option for a person to receive services in their home rather than going to a nursing facility. Services are based on the consumer’s needs as well as financial and medical eligibility requirements. “The service coordinators work closely with the consumer and family members to tailor an individualized care plan to meet the daily needs of the consumer. The level of services that can be provided to the consumer greatly assist the family with the caregiving responsibilities,” explains Lisa Moyer, Program Manager. The Aging Waiver Program is funded by Medical Assistance.
This is a common question in most households across the country. However, for some homebound Blair County senior citizens, purchasing and preparing a nutritious meal is not an option. The Home Delivered Meals Program, operated by Blair Senior Services, Inc., helps to combat food insecurity issues for eligible senior citizens by delivering hot and wholesome meals. Over 600 meals are prepared and distributed per delivery day in Blair County, which totals more than 145,000 meals each year.