Socialization is often the primary reason why someone attends Senior Centers, Inc. The Center provides participants the opportunity to socialize, make new acquaintances, and meet up with old friends.
Activities at the Senior Center can give some participants a reason to get up in the morning, while motivating others to look and feel their best. The Center’s services and programs encourage independence, while discouraging dependence on society. Through activities, we aim to give participants the opportunity to serve and learn, and to seek independence, dignity, and companionship.
We offer many recreational programs to promote enjoying leisure time, facilitate social contact, reduce isolation, and improve personal-life satisfaction. Activities include parties, arts and crafts, billiards, cards, games, films, exercise, day trips, and various entertainment programs. Some programs involve nominal participation fees to cover supply costs.
Professional speakers from local agencies, businesses, and hospitals are scheduled on a regular basis to provide educational presentations on a variety of topics, such as health, nutrition, legal issues, and services of interest.
Participants have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for personal enrichment through classes in exercise (tai chi, chair, walking for fitness), fine arts, and sewing. A computer lab is also available with some staff instruction in basic computer skills.
A daily hot, nutritious meal is served at 11:30 a.m. by the Lucas County Senior Nutrition Program through the Area Office on Aging. Meals are funded by the Older Americans Act, the Ohio Department on Aging, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, local funds, and donations. Participants are asked to give a donation for each meal, at an amount suggested by the Lucas County Senior Nutrition Program.
The Senior Center has two vans for transportation. The vans are available to transport participants living within the Senior Center boundaries to and from the Center, Monday through Friday. The program department also uses the vans for day trips to local destinations. A donation is encouraged for all rides.
The Foster Grandparent Program provides a wonderful volunteer opportunity for low-income senior citizens. Volunteers age 55 and over work in various community agencies, such as schools and childcare settings, with children who have special needs. All volunteers work 15-24 hours per week and receive an hourly tax-free stipend and daily travel allowance.
Foster Grandparents undergo a complete background check and receive extensive pre-service training—as well as monthly in-services to keep their training up to date.
The Foster Grandparent Program is administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by Senior Centers, Inc.
Senior Centers, Inc. maintains a comprehensive outreach program which seeks to help participants find solutions to particular needs or problems. The main goal of the outreach program is to find the program or service that best meets an individual’s needs and helps maintain the individual’s independence in the community. Services include help with housekeeping, running errands, solving transportation problems, and help with various housing issues. Our Outreach Coordinator can also help with such tasks as completing insurance forms and applying for a Golden Buckeye card—and make referrals for eligibility to programs such as Medicaid, SSI, food stamps, Home Energy Assistance Program, and other utility programs.
Adult Day Program
Our Adult Day Program for persons with Developmental Disabilities includes 5-7 hours of supervised recreational activities per day and is fully integrated with other activities offered at the Center. The program can accept persons living in Intermediate Care Facilities, private pay individuals, and those approved for IO and Level One Waiver reimbursements.
Our bonded employees can provide light in-home housekeeping services. An assessment is conducted prior to starting the service to determine the client’s needs. An hourly donation is accepted based on a sliding fee scale.
- Light cleaning of kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas
- Laundry, changing bed linens
- Light sorting and organizing
- Vacuuming, mopping floors, dusting
Senior Centers, Inc. offers errands services for adults age sixty and older in Lucas County. Our goal is to provide affordable and dependable services that help seniors remain independent in their homes. Our employees are bonded and insured.
We kindly accept donations in exchange for the following services—at hourly rates based on a sliding scale.
- Grocery shopping and delivery
- Delivery of Seagate Food Bank monthly commodities
- Personal shopping
- Pharmacy pick up and delivery
- Post Office errands
Many positions throughout the Senior Center are filled by volunteers. Positions include kitchen servers, gardeners, yard workers, educational class assistants, recreational program instructors, and “Buddies” within our Adult Day program.