The Senior Outreach and Support Program is a multi-faceted program that addresses the social isolation of frail seniors in Southwest Florida. The program’s structure is a combination professional case management services supplemented by volunteer services enabling JFCS to comprehensively address the needs of isolated seniors.
JFCS understands that most homebound seniors in need of long-term care services prefer to get help in their home. JFCS has hired a full-time nurse who serves as case manager who provides assessments to determine a senior’s individual needs and to coordinate and manage in-home services. The case manager assures full coordination and linkage of services. The case manager also assists with applications for food stamps and other needed services available in the community. With the client’s consent, the case manager will involve family and caregivers in the client’s plan of care. The case manager also serves to assist families and caregivers resolve the emotional, financial and physical demands of caring for their elder loved ones.
Working with the case manager, JFCS has a part-time manager of volunteer services who implements and coordinates a structured volunteer program for serving the frail senior population that are participants in the JFCS case management program and are being seen regularly by a geriatric case manager.
Using a corps of volunteers who are engaged, screened and trained to work with the frail senior population, JFCS volunteers help to address the problem of senior isolation and loneliness. JFCS volunteer services provide a variety of activities that include:
- Friendly visiting to the frail homebound senior.
- Volunteer drivers to take seniors to life sustaining appointments, such as medical appointments, and quality of life appointments such as visiting a loved one in the hospital.
The population served are frail seniors 60 years and older living in Collier County. The program is open to all socio-economic groups although 70% of the participants are lower income at or below the poverty line.
THOSE WE HELP
When a 91 year woman was being evicted she called JFCS. Through this program we were able to respond as we do each day helping to improve the lives of at risk seniors.