Over 100 care packages were sent out to Elders in our community. We would like to thank Avista, the Prevention Program and the Senior Program for the items in each bag.
The Spokane Tribe Casino asked us to help hand out blankets that they had left over from one of their events. We have handed a lot of them out and still have more.
Meal deliveries still continue during this trying time. We hope everyone is practicing safe distancing and hand washing regularly.
All traveling events with the Senior Program have been canceled until further notice.
Meals at the Senior Center have been canceled until further notice. Home-Delivered meals will still go out, pending availability.
Please note that there is nothing on the July menu. The cooks do not know what is available until they get to the store. They will continue to provide healthy meals we just don’t know what they will consist of until the week before. Thank You for understanding.
Please be safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Visit redcross.org/coronavirus for more information on COVID-19 safety. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.
Lifeline: A Phone and Internet Benefit
The Lifeline Program is a federal benefit that provides low-income, Tribal consumers with a monthly discount of up to $34.25 towards their phone or internet bill. Lifeline helps consumers across the United States stay connected to family, work, education, quality health care, and public safety services.
There are a few ways you may prove eligibility for this benefit. The first is through participation in a federal program. If you are in programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid you qualify for Lifeline. If you live on federally-recognized Tribal lands and take part in programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations you also qualify for Lifeline. You may also prove program eligibility through your income. If your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines you qualify for Lifeline.
To apply for Lifeline, you will need a document that proves you are eligible for the benefit. You may also need an item that proves your identity such as an unexpired Driver’s License or Tribal issued ID and an item that proves your address such as a utility bill. For more information on Lifeline eligibility, visit the program’s website. This will also give you additional information on the application process and how a Lifeline phone or internet company can help you through the process. Search for companies that serve your area by typing in your zip code or city and state in the Companies Near Me tool on Lifeline’s website.
For more information, contact Lifeline at (800) 234-9473 or visit LifelineSupport.org.
Senior Program Staff have been and will continue to work on a phone book listing local, county and state phone numbers that you may need. If you would like a copy of these numbers call the Senior Center and we will get a copy to you. 258-7129 or 1-800-789-9102. We have been receiving calls requesting a copy of this phone book that we have put together. This is an on-going project that requires monitoring and regular updating. We also received feedback asking to include some numbers from neighboring communities, so we did. This book is a living document that keeps growing and needing updated.
The delivery drivers leave the Senior Center between 9:30am -10:30am. If you are not going to be home, please call the Senior Center before 9am to have your meal cancelled for the day.
Thank You to everyone who calls in and/or tells the delivery driver in advance when you will not be home for your meal. This really does help with the morning prep work. Thank you again! One phone call or you letting your driver know you won’t be home does make a difference in the morning prep work. Thank You!
We apologize if this information does not reach you before the listed dates of events. We send out notices in lunches and ask those who receive them to pass the word on. We all know how word of mouth travels!
All planned activities at the Senior Center for the month of June/July 2020 have been canceled.
Adult Protective Services (APS) ~ Definition from Wikipedia
In the United States, Adult Protective Services (APS) are social services provided to abused, neglected, or exploited older adults and adults with significant disabilities. APS is typically administered by local or state health, aging, or regulatory departments and includes a multidisciplinary approach to helping older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, who are victims. Services range from the initial investigation of mistreatment, to health and supportive services and legal interventions, up to and including the appointment of surrogate decision-makers such as legal guardians.
While some states provide adult protective services to older adults only, as in Ohio where the APS law applies to those 60 and older, most serve adults with disabilities over the age of 18 who meet the state’s definition of “vulnerable.” Disabilities may be due to aging, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illness or cognitive impairments.
Forms of abuse include physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse as well as financial exploitation. “Neglect” can be perpetrated by any caregiver who has accepted the responsibility of assisting an older person or an adult with disabilities.
Most states include self-neglect in their definitions of those needing adult protective services. Self-neglect refers to a person who is unable to care for himself or herself due to physical or cognitive impairments.
In-Take Line: 1-800-459-0421