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Senior Services

Community Connection has been designated as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), one of 700 such agencies across the United States, committed to serving older individuals. We provide a comprehensive and coordinated range of services making it possible for each person to participate in the services of their choice.  These services assist both the frail older person who can remain at home if they receive the right supports to those who are healthy and can benefit from the activities and socialization provided by community-based programs. 

Community Connection is also an ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Connection).
The ADRC is a highly visible, trusted source for unbiased information and assistance as well as decision support for seniors and people with physical disabilities, their families and caregivers. ADRC professionally trained Information and Assistance Specialists not only provide the information, but actually connect consumers directly to the agency or service and follow up to insure they are satisfied.
 
ADRCs also provide options counseling to consumers to assist them in determining what care options best fit their needs and preferences. Together consumers and Options Counselors weigh the pros and cons of each option based on the consumer’s circumstances, preferences, and resources. The consumer can then make an informed decision about long term services and supports that meet their personal goals.

For information on any of the following programs, contact your local Community Connection office or the John Day Senior Center.

TAX AID

During tax season, trained AARP volunteers assist seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income folks by completing their tax returns.

NUTRITION EDUCATION

Quarterly at each senior center a professional provides information on health, physical fitness, and nutrition.

TELEPHONE REASSURANCE

We make regularly scheduled telephone calls to seniors who live alone and who need someone to call and check on them. If no one answers, we begin calling emergency contacts, up to and including the police department to do a wellness check.  This can also be on a temporary basis.  For example:  You have been stopping in or calling your family member every day to see if they are doing well.  However, you are going on a trip for a week and need someone to check on them while you’re gone.  Our staff or volunteer will call your family member each day on a set schedule. 

OPTIONS COUNSELING

From our senior center offices in each county, we provide Options Counseling to seniors and their family members.  Clients often have many needs and are unsure of where to turn for help.  Community Connection staff help the senior and/or family member sort out their needs and identify options for filling those needs.  As the family decides on their course of action our staff provides support, often being consulted multiple times during the process.

EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

We also have recreational bus trips to nearby areas, where we visit interesting places.  Past trips include the Pendleton Round-up, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Wallowa Lake, and Sumpter Valley Railroad ride and picnic.

We host craft bazaars, Old Time Fiddlers Shows, informational presentations on hot topics, bingo, cards and other games, and many other activities throughout the year.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LENDING

We receive donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, bath stools, and commodes. We loan out this equipment at no charge to seniors who need them on a temporary basis, usually for a maximum of six months. If a patient needs permanent equipment, we encourage them to purchase from a provider under the Medicare durable medical equipment benefit.

INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

At all of our senior centers we provide the information and assistance our elders need to maintain independence with dignity, no matter what life throws at them. We are always happy to sit down for a one-on-one session with people who need assistance, advocacy, networking, or just need to talk. For example, people sometimes need help filling out social security papers, public housing applications, and others. We do not make the decisions or provide recommendations, but merely read through the paperwork with them. We have helped people to access the Medicare.gov website to help in identifying the Medicare prescription programs that are available.

For instances where Community Connection does not have the needed resource, we have an entire network of partners who offer companion and complimentary services to draw referrals from. We work closely with the good people at Social Security, Aging and Persons with Disabilities, the housing authority and a host of other local non-profits. While we may not be the best place to fill some needs, we are almost always the best place to start.

Get your list of questions out and give one of our friendly staff members a call today. You’ll be glad you did!