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HELP Adult Services
Last updated on March 9, 2015

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Vision:
A world where people continue to live independent, quality lives
Mission:
To help individuals optimize their independence and quality of life

Description:
HELP Adult Services was founded in 1982 by several community leaders who were concerned for people who were low-income, disadvantaged and lacked critical resources when they were ill, injured or recuperating from surgery or hospitalization. Our mission today continues the early tradition by helping individuals optimize their independence and quality of life.

The two major programs that serve people in eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa are:

  1. Health and medical Equipment Loan Program (H.E.L.P.) – Provides, at low cost to the client, refurbished durable medical equipment and supplies for adults who may have financial difficulty in obtaining equipment or supplies that ease the limitations of activities associated with daily living.
  2. Respite Companions Program – Provides, at low cost, respite services that enable primary care givers much-needed time off from taking care of a loved one so that they can take care of themselves.

Both programs, in addition to serving adults in need of assistance in our communities, offer substantial cost benefits. By refurbishing durable medical equipment in our Health and medical Equipment Loan Program, clients can afford to lease equipment at a savings that allows them financial breathing room to remain safely at home. Our communities also are ‘greener’ when good quality medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, chair lifts, hospital beds, and walkers, are recycled instead of sending those items to the landfill.

Through the Respite Companions Program, loved ones can remain at home as long as possible, which is much more cost-effective for the family than nursing home care. Full-time Caregivers (usually a family member) need time away to take care of their own needs, and a trusted and trained HELP Adult Services volunteer can provide time away.

Often both of HELP Adult Service’s programs work together because of the affordability both programs offer our clients. Our more than 200 partners, including hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes, nonprofit and for profit organizations, and churches refer individuals and families to our programs on a regular basis.


History:
In 1982, Mrs. Marjorie Kiewit, Mr. Willis Strauss, and several other Omaha community leaders collaboratively started an outreach program, now known as HELP Adult Services, to help provide independence and peace of mind to women and men who were frail, elderly, low-income and lacked financial resources or were unable to access services that they might need to remain safely in their homes. Our mission is to help individuals optimize their independence and quality of life.
HELP Adult Service’s two major programs emerged from those early years and continue today. We serve individuals and families who primarily reside in Omaha and eastern NE & Council Bluffs and southwest IA. Each year, more than 9,200 individuals are served through the Health and medical Equipment Loan Program, or H.E.L.P.; and the Respite Program (which includes the Companionship and Friend Connect programs).

Contact person: Lynne Holmquist, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (402) 341-7073

Address:
 1941 S. 42nd Street, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68105
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.helpadultservices.org

Directions:

 For easiest access, please park in The Center, Level 2 Parking facing 42nd Street.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Yes
  Nearest Bus Stop: Yes
Last updated on March 9, 2015

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