You care for adults with dementia, provide recreational opportunities for individuals of all abilities, and help older adults stay in their homes by assisting with household tasks. Below are all of the programs Sioux Empire United Way funds that help vulnerable adults.
Active Generations’ BRIDGES Employment Resource Center provides services to job seekers 40 years of age and older to assist them in their job search. Last year, 179 clients received assistance in resume preparation services, computer training, and interview skills. Of those individuals, 74 secured employment.
Active Generations Céilí Cottage Adult Day Services meets the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia who are unable to stay home alone during the day. The program is offered in a home-setting with direct-care staff. Services offered include: medication administration, bathing, monitor health conditions, daily exercise, socialization activities, and caregiver support. Last year, 22 individuals were provided with 10,000 hours of service.
Active Generations’ Day Break Adult Day Services provides healthcare serves and social engagement opportunities for adults living in the community that are in need of daily assistance as the result of a chronic condition. The program provides nursing services, meaningful activities, and caregiver support. Last year, 158 individuals were served, with 62% of those individuals having dementia. The average participant delays the need for a long-term care facility by 22 months. Of the caregivers that benefitted from the program, 94% reported Day Break led to a decrease in their stress level.
Active Generations’ Senior Nutrition Program provides people ages 60 and over a hot and nutritious noon meal in a congregate or home delivered setting for a donation. Last year, 219,947 meals were served to 3,619 people. Of the meal recipients, 97% say that Meals on Wheels allows them to have food on a regular basis. Malnutrition can increase healthcare costs by 300%.
Active Generations’ Workers on Wheels helps seniors remain independent in their homes by providing minor home repair, lawn and outside home repair, as well as transportation to and from medical appointments. Last year, 2,421 jobs and 1,237 rides were provided to 525 clients. Research shows that most older adults prefer to stay in their own homes and WOW allows clients to do so, while giving peace of mind to their loved ones.
Augustana’s FriendsLink provides social/recreational and educational activities for adults with disabilities. Last year, 92 small group and 77 large group or one-on-one activities were held. The program benefitted 66 individuals with disabilities. Stable and rewarding interpersonal relationships are arguably the single most important factor influencing a person’s quality of life.
DakotAbilities’ Alternative Services provides social and recreational opportunities to people as an alternative to traditional programming. Last year, 15,360 hours of service were provided to over 59 individuals.
HorsePower is a therapeutic horse program for individuals with special needs. Last year they provided 1,645 therapy sessions to 89 participants.
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota’s Better Together matches adult volunteers with older adults for recreational and social opportunities. Matches go on outings, talk, pursue hobbies, and may also assist with the older adult’s needs such as grocery shopping and occasional transportation. Last year, 68 older adults were matched with a volunteer. Researchers have found that feelings of loneliness can contribute to reduced physical health, increased alcohol abuse, and obesity. Older adults who leave the house more often live longer than those who rarely go out.