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Veteran Visitor


Veteran Visitor
Agency:  Aging Services, Inc.
Project Name: Veteran Visitor
Primary Contact: Jo Dohoney, Volunteer Coordinator, (319) 398-3644, (email)
Primary Address: Client's Home
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(See a map)
Description:

As a Veteran Visitor with Aging Services, Inc. you will get to make a seniors day and possibly their week. Aging Services will connect you with a home-bound veteran. Together you can reminisce about war stories or maybe your days of R&R. 

We match people up based on schedule, interests, and specific requests. Typically you would connect with the senior about once a week at a time that works out for both of you. We ask that you have about an hour to spend with them.

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More information about Aging Services, Inc.
Aging Services, Inc.
Last updated on March 26, 2014

Aging Services, Inc. is a nonprofit agency providing services for older adults living in Linn County. Our goal is to help seniors to "age in place" in their own homes. Volunteers are key to accomplish this goal as they provide a variety of services to our clients.

Description:
Aging Services, Inc. provides a multitude of services to over 5000 older adults annually. Our services include:

*Case Management: Social Workers provide and coordinate services which match a client's needs with available community resources. On-going education and support are offered through this program.

*Milestones Adult Day Health Centers (Cedar Rapids and Marion): Milestones is a cost-effective solution to out-of-home placement providing adult day services to health-challenged individuals who may require support, supervision, and structure to remain as independent as possible. Volunteers may help with activities and programs, lunch service, office tasks, phone reception, etc.

*Witwer Senior Center: is a day center where seniors can take classes (creative writing, painting, computer technology, etc.), socialize, play games, receive surplus food items, and enjoy a meal during daytime hours. Volunteers may assist with activities and programs, teaching or assisting in classes, office tasks, etc.

*Chore Services: Both paid contractors and volunteers provide small home repair and maintenance, wheelchair ramp construction, home safety checks, lawn mowing, and snow removal services for older adults who cannot otherwise maintain their independence in their own homes.

*Senior Transportation program: Volunteers drive clients to medical appointments, grocery stores and some other types of errands. This allows seniors who can no longer drive themselves to continue to live independently.

*Friendly Visitor Program: matches volunteers to clients with similar interests with the goal of reducing the client's social isolation and expanding their social lives. Friendly visitors visit their client once a week to chat, share interests and activities, etc.

*Telecare Program: Volunteers make weekly phone calls to check on the wellbeing of telecare clients.
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*Education/Information and Referral: Aging Services staff, volunteers, and board members make an average of 75 community presentations each year related to the services available through Aging Services.

History:
Aging Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency established in 1969 to identify and meet the needs of older adults living in Linn County. The agency was started by a group of volunteers. From there, Aging Services has grown to a paid staff of 28 with over 1100 volunteers. The mission remains to provide services that maintain, integrate, and enhance the lives of seniors in the community.

Contact person: Lauri Mitchell, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (319) 286-1967

Address:
 Client's Home
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.agingservicesia.org
Last updated on March 26, 2014

 

 


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