Senior Center Operations
The SCO Program provides services designed to enable older individuals to attain and maintain physical and mental well-being by addressing their physical, social, psychological, economic, educational, and recreational and health needs. Senior Center Operations Program services are available to individuals age sixty (60) years or older and their spouse below age sixty (60), provided the spouse is accompanying the participating senior. Each Center offers participants a broad spectrum of services and activities, which as a minimum, include information and assistance, disease prevention and health promotion activities, health and wellness programs, recreational opportunities, arts programs, volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities, multi-generational activities, social and community interaction opportunities, activities to support annual Senior Citizens’ Month Celebrations, and other special activities and services. Three (3) key components of the SCO Program are “Project Kombida”, an integration program for older individuals with disabilities coordinated with both public and private entities serving persons with disabilities; “Project Kastillion”, a program geared to promoting a personalized, warm, home-like environment at the senior citizens’ centers; and, “Senior Citizen’s Discount Program”, designed to provide individuals 55 years of age or older an opportunity to increase their buying power through discounted purchases in an effort to respond to their fixed income.
The Transportation Services Program enables older individuals to gain mobility and independence in accessing essential services. Persons who are frail, homebound by reason of illness or incapacitating disability, or otherwise isolated, are given priority in the delivery of transportation services. Services may also be available to a non-senior spouse or escort accompanying the older participating individual. Vehicles used to transport older individuals who have a disability are in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.The Transportation Services Program consists of two service components: Transportation (General)
This is a door-to-door service that provides transportation for the seniors from their home to one of the 12 senior citizens’ centers and two Adult Day Care Centers, with a return trip home upon the conclusion of the day’s activities.
This service applies to all adults, age sixty (60) years and older, who require transportation to and from activities and/or facilities that they would otherwise be unable to attend. Many of these persons would be homebound with no means of transportation without this service.Assisted Transportation
The Assisted Transportation service provides assistance, including escort, to a senior who has difficulties (physical or cognitive) using regular vehicle transportation. This service provides transportation from their homes to specifically requested services such as doctor’s appointments, lab tests, therapy, pick up of prescriptions, dental appointments, access to social services (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, etc.), access to the office of Social Security, and shopping.
Transportation Services are provided Monday through Friday, except on recognized local and Federal holidays, for most senior clients. For those undergoing hemodialysis, transportation services are also available on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. These services enable families to work full-time while their elderly family members are provided transportation.
Case Management Services Program
The CMS Program provides services to elderly individuals in a systematic process of assessment and reassessment, planning, service and care coordination, referral, and monitoring through which multiple service needs of clients are met with available resources, and unmet needs identified. The CMS program serves as the point of entry for the Adult Day Care, In-Home Services, and Elderly Nutrition (Home-Delivered Meals) programs.
Adult Day Care Services
Adult Day Care services are provided to clients who have been determined to be functionally impaired and at risk of institutionalization, and provide respite services for families and caretakers of these individuals. Two facilities are authorized as ADC Centers, one serving clients with certification of dementia (Dementia Center) and the other serving all other eligible clients (ADC Barrigada), providing care to a combined approximate total of 94 clients at any given time of the day.
In-Home Services for Frail Older Persons
The IHS Program Manager and staff provide much-needed assistance to frail individuals who are without a caretaker and at risk of institutionalization due to limitations on their ability to function independently, as well as too frail individuals who have a caretaker, but who may need additional assistance with personal care and chore services at home.
Legal Assistance Services
Legal Assistance Services provides legal advice and representation by an attorney to older individuals with economic or social needs and includes to the extent feasible, counseling or other appropriate assistance by a paralegal or law student under the direct supervision of an attorney; and counseling or representation by a non-lawyer where permitted by law to approximately three hundred (300) eligible older individuals.
Elderly Nutrition Program
Title III-C Nutrition Services ensures the provision of a hot, nutritious meal that provides a minimum of 33 and 1/3 percent of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowance, as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council.Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) – Congregate Meals (C1)
ENP C1 services are provided to individuals age sixty (60) years or older and their spouse, regardless of age, if accompanying the senior, in a congregate setting Monday through Friday, except on Federal and local holidays. The Government reserves the option of providing meals to volunteers working at the Centers and to individuals who have a disability who otherwise meet Federal and local criteria.Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) – Home-Delivered Meals (C2)
The ENP C2 provides nutrition services to individuals age sixty (60) years or older who are home-bound and have difficulty performing at least two Activities of Daily Living and their spouse who serves as a primary caregiver regardless of age, in a home setting Monday through Friday, and as authorized on Federal and local holidays.
Title III-E National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
The NFCSP provides support services to families and older individuals that are relative caregivers caring for their frail elderly family members and to grandparents or older individuals who are relative caregivers of children who are 18 and under or adults with disabilities. The NFCSP provides the five basic services required by the Older Americans Act Amendment of 2000, as follows: information to caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services; individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to caregivers to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers.