The Salvation Army’s Senior Center and Social Day Program provide opportunities for socialization and wellness that support independence for our community’s seniors. The Senior Center provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere that fosters a sense of community.
Nutritionally balanced breakfasts and hot lunches are available for all participants. Seniors have the choice to participate in many programs, including computer instruction, yoga, exercise and strength training, falls prevention, diabetic support, health monitoring and education, ceramics and crafts, music, spiritual programs and personal enrichment. Support is provided for full participation by frail elderly who are at risk for institutionalization and/or nursing home care. Available services include transportation, referral to case management services and other community resources, assistance on outings and trips and caregiver support/assistance. A part time Nurse LPN is on the Senior Center staff.
Care Case Managers provide information and referral services plus case assistance and advocacy to seniors 60 years or older who are residing in Onondaga County, as well as for their families/caregivers. The goal of the program is to support independence through community linkages and to prevent the need for institutional care. Services include a needs assessment including the development/implementation of a service plan. The program provides general assistance with many issues faced by seniors, including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps, prescription drugs, transportation, health services and home care, companion care, home repairs and weatherization, tax issues, mental health and protective services.
Housing Outreach staff provide support and counseling to people 60 and older who are looking for housing and will prioritize those individuals who are housing vulnerable and at risk for homelessness. The program offers information, assistance and planning pertaining to the available housing options; assistance in accessing available financial programs with individual budgeting; planning for actual moves and related concerns with referrals to appropriate supports; case conferences with other agencies that may be working with the participant and follow up as necessary. While contributions are gratefully accepted for services, they are not required. To be eligible, clients must be 60 years of age or older, a resident of Onondaga County and must have a housing issue.
The Salvation Army’s Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly (EISEP) provides Case Management services for residents of Onondaga County, living independently in the community, who are 60 years of age and older with functional impairments and unmet needs who are not eligible for Medicaid.
EISEP services include a home visitation for evaluation, coordination of services, ongoing monitoring and re-evaluation. EISEP can provide assistance with bathing and dressing, light housekeeping, laundry, linen change and meal preparation.