The Mission of Elder Care Services is to improve the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. Elder Care Services, Inc. is the unquestioned leader in serving seniors in the Big Bend area. We provide services that improve the quality of life for seniors. We are our area’s definitive source of accurate information on aging issues, services and programs affecting seniors. We actively advocate for seniors, working with others to fulfill unmet needs in the community.
Who do you serve?
We serve seniors and their families through our Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meal Sites), In-Home & Community-Based Services (including personal care, home-making and respite), Adult Day Care services – specializing in seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Information & Referral and Senior Volunteer Opportunities (Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and Seniors Transporting At-Risk Seniors).
In 1970, a group of people became concerned about seniors’ growing need for services. Responding to the needs identified in their “Senior Society Survey,” Frances Clay and the founding members envisioned an effective and efficient organized approach to helping seniors – the Senior Society Planning Council. Soon state and federal grants were added to initial United Way and community donations, and more services and programs were available to seniors. For over 40 years, Elder Care Services Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and donors are proud to help people – young helping and learning from their elders; elders sharing their expertise and wisdom; and active seniors helping frail seniors.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide quality services to seniors every single day that are focused on improving their quality of live. In 2013, we delivered our 4 millionth Meals on Wheels meal.
Financial Support – our federal and state funding continues to diminish due to sequestration and other factors; therefore our reliance on grants and community support is critical. Because of this, our waiting lists continue to grow until funds are available to provide needed services.
Plans for the future
Elder Care Services has a duty to provide a viable and sustainable infrastructure that guarantees seniors the opportunity to live comfortable, rewarding and meaningful lives in a safe environment at a sustainable cost. We are working in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Project to develop an inclusive plan that combines clinical and social assistance to create a single point of entry for integrated care, a new concept called the “Senior Portal.” It will include a coordinated set of services for our aging population and their families.