Senior Services Council
Senior Service Providers Join to Address Valley Senior Needs
First Row: Left to right Beverly Kidder, Rayna Salemme, Mary Jane Liddel, PatriciaGeissler, and Tracey Parks . Second Row: Ruth Fririhio, Cathy Williams, Dawnmarie Hunter, Diane Betkoski, Anastasia Timpko, Ellen Shaw, Kathy Ramia, Suzanne Reilly, Kenneth Gurin and Kim Vertrees .
2014 Highlights…. The Valley Senior Services Council, of which Suzanne Reilly and Kenneth Gurin Co-Chair, has hosted several workshops that focused on community education on various senior issues for consumers and professionals and workshops for caregivers of the elderly.
Three Educational Sessions were held with a total of 96 in attendance, the most popular session was the Entitlement update with 38 in attendance at the Shelton Senior Center. The other sessions on Emergency Preparedness held at the Seymour Senior Center and the Medicare Overview sessions also at the Shelton Senior Center was also well attended.
The Caregivers workshops covered everything from Valley Resources, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, Home Care or Adult Day Care,Geriatric Assessment w/ Dr. Lionel Lim, MD, MPH was the most popular session held at Griffin Hospital.Adaptive Equipment w/ Liberty Medical and Patient Aid Center,Fast, Easy and Healthy Meals w/ Stacey Ference, Savor Catering, toHow to Take Care of yourself: Stress and Depression w/ Dr. Beverly Kidder. A total of 164 participants attended.
In 2014, Nine Workshops were offered averaging 29 participants per session. These participants were from Shelton, Stratford, Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Milford, Oxford and Derby. The total was 260 for 9 sessions for 2014
The Gaps in Services sub-committee recently identified Adult Day Care as a need in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, and TEAM has agreed to lead a feasibility plan. There are currently no services in the valley and individuals are traveling to surrounding towns outside the valley to receive such services. Consequently, TEAM staff researched regional programs and began to design a social model program that could be implemented locally.
A new Subcommittee has been formed to create a Valley Multi-disciplinary Team in this area. The Multi-Disciplinary Team would review and present cases, stating the successes and challenges in situations and difficulties that may be encountered; while giving support to providers of care and building networks, and presenting best practices. The committee is looking to recruit other Senior Services organizations, providers and representatives from the municipalities to become more involved. a collaborative approach that assumes that all service providers are committed to providing an optimal service to clients to maximize their potential for change. In some agencies where there are clients with highly complex needs, multidisciplinary teams and inter-agency workers meet together regularly to support a client’s planning and progress.
Mission & Goals
The mission of the Senior Services Council (SSC) is to enhance the quality of life for people over 60 years of age living in the greater Valley Area by being a centralized resource of senior living information, education, support, and advocacy.
In 2013, the SSC identified several key goals:
- Sharing Information
- Provide community education
- Identify gaps in services and needs
- Sharing of data/advocacy
- Support to providers and the consumers they serve.
- Recruitment of other providers and consumers
- Raising awareness
Workshops for People who Care for Seniors —The SSC organizes a series of Caregiver’s Workshop for those who care for seniors in the Valley community, such as spouses, children, and others. Valley Senior Council Education brochure 2014-2015
Monthly Meetings of Senior Services Providers—We hold monthly meetings of representatives from agencies that provide services to Valley seniors in order to share information, coordinate services and develop additional measures to improve the lives of area seniors and their families.
2015 Meeting Schedule
Thursday, January 8 Thursday, February 19 Thursday, March 12 Thursday, April 9 Thursday, May 14 Thursday, June 11 Thursday, July 9 Thursday, August 13 Thursday, September 10 Thursday, October 8 Thursday, November 12 Thursday, December 10
All meetings are scheduled for 3:00 pm and are held at the Shelton Senior Center ~ 81 Wheeler St, Shelton, CT
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The Senior Services Council grew out of a series of focus groups held in response to a Valley community assessment conducted in 2000 by the Mt. Auburn Associates, which did not address the needs of the senior population in the Valley. TEAM, Inc. and the Valley Council for Human Services invited providers to gather to assess gaps in service and to work collaboratively to address senior needs. In 2007, the Senior Services Council undertook a Senior Needs Assessment with the support of the Valley United Way and the Hewitt Foundation. The study, which was conducted by the Community Results Center of the United Way of Connecticut, identified four priority areas of need: transportation, social service support, housing and healthcare. These needs and others continue to be examined and addressed by the Senior Services Council, as an increasing number of Valley seniors age in place in their homes.
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