Friendly Commission on Aging staff answer questions, provide information and refer caller to an appropriate service. This is your first step to finding the help you need for yourself or a loved one. Making this call opens a variety of assistance and opportunity to make life easier. For more information call the main office at (989) 797-6880 or toll free at 1-866-763-6336.
Homebound elderly who are unable to prepare a well balanced meal receive a daily hot noon meal prepared in our own kitchen. Optional and special services include frozen meals, cold evening sacks, for at-risk elderly, and emergency shelf staple meals. Eligibility requirements: client must be age 60 or older, cannot drive, and does not have the capability to prepare or to acquire daily nutritional meals. To learn more about this program call the main office at 989-797-6880.
Nutritionally balanced tasty noontime meals are served at senior centers throughout the county. Evening meals at the Eleanor Frank Center are provided seasonally. Monthly menus are provided in our monthly newsletter. Centers provide special fitness programs, health related clinics, and pertinent educational programs plus social and recreational activities for participants.
Professional caseworkers provide assistance with a variety of needs, such as arrangements for in-home services, housing problems, financial concerns, and prescription help. Caseworkers assess needs and offer recommendations for home care.
Provides training, education and support services to family, friends, partners and neighbors who are caregivers. The caregiver or the person receiving the care must be at least 60 years of age to qualify for this program.
An R.N. and Social Worker team provides a comprehensive needs assessment and assistance in arranging care for frail elders at risk of entering a nursing home.
- Free cell phones for seniors age 60+
- Donated phones programmed to reach 911 in most geographic areas that provide 911 emergency service
- Contact the main office or your caseworker for more information
- Learn more about this program
Door-to-door service to medical appointments, essential shopping, and other facilities. Rides must be prescheduled. Wheelchair lift service is available. Cost: $2.00 each way. To schedule a ride please call 989-797-6888.
Kinship Care Support Services offers assistance to adults aged 55 and over in Saginaw County who are raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other related minors can receive - case management services, information and referral, support groups, monthly newsletters, free educational and recreational events for the adults and children, emergency and respite care funds.
Low income seniors may qualify for one-time assistance for food purchases.
Staff locates elderly persons in our community who may be requiring assistance with daily living requirements. Service provision by the agency's bi-lingual staff may be in the form of assisting with issues of housing, Medicare or Medicaid questions, and referral to community resources if appropriate.
The In-Home Support Services Program provides assistance to elderly citizens who may need limited assistance with housekeeping and personal care assistance. Also, available through this program is limited respite care services for caretakers residing in the home.
The Commission on Aging helps seniors maintain an active and vital role throughout life by providing volunteer opportunities, such as delivering meals to home bound senior citizens, or assisting staff at senior centers and the transportation program. At the end of the year, those volunteers who have offered their services for at least 30 hours or more will be invited to a Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration which takes place every spring. In the fall the Meals on Wheels Volunteers enjoy the annual Meals on Wheels Picnic with good food, cake walks, raffles, prizes and more!
The Saginaw County Commission on Aging is the sponsoring agency for the Dementia Advisory Board, which consists of service providers, caregivers, and community volunteers the goal of the Advisory Board is to improve the coordination of dementia services in Saginaw County, as well as providing community education relative to dementia.
The Commission on Aging serves as the host site for legal services provided by:
Lakeshore Legal Aid of Caro, MI for an appointment please call 1-866-552-2889.
- Seniors can meet with lawyers, at no charge, for consultation and referral.
A collaborative effort between the Saginaw County Commission on Aging and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department. This program is offered to Saginaw County residents, age 60 years and older, who are affected by severe forms of dementia related illnesses. It gives clients access to a transmitter bracelet that is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of people who have the tendency to wander.
The Commission on Aging depends on charitable contributions to meet special needs and expand services to older adults. Gifts given as memorials, tributes or bequests, wills and estates assure that the agency can meet emergency and special needs. The "Circle of Friends" is an opportunity to honor a loved one, companion, colleague or friend by making a contribution in his/her name. "Circle of Friends" memorials are acknowledged with an engraved plate on a plaque in the main lobby of the Frank Center. Planned giving through wills, trusts, life insurance and securities can offer the donor tax advantages as well as provide an opportunity to give.
The Commission on Aging also receives funds from:
- Corporation for National & Community Service
- County of Saginaw Senior Millage
- >Michigan Department of Transportation
- National Food & Shelter Board
- Region VII Area Agency on Aging
- State of Michigan, Federal, State and Local Funding
- Private Donations and Gift