All programs are provided so clients are better able to remain in their home and do not need to go to a health or medical facility. This program provides a nutritional, diet-appropriate hot noon meal (five days a week) Monday through Friday. The client's physician must verify that the client is unable to reasonably prepare an appropriate meal for themselves. We also provide frozen meals to some clients for weekends and emergency meals for all clients to be used when weather does not allow our volunteers to deliver the daily hot meal.
Handicapped Accessible Van Transportation
We are the only social service agency, or business that provides handicapped-accessible van transportation to all of Kosciusko County. All vans have wheelchair lifts. Rides can be scheduled by calling our office at 574-267-2012. We request 2 or 3 days advanced notification. Priorities are given to clients who require medical and/or nutrition services. Our KCSS van drivers will help those needing assistance getting from the house to the van. A donation of $3.00 is requested and dearly needed given the price of gasoline and other petroleum products.
With approval from our supervising agency - REAL Services - Area 2 Agency for Aged and Aging, a client may be placed in this program. We provide general housekeeping services for those who find it difficult to manage their household chores. We are not a health or medical service provider. Our homemaker may also help with shopping, bill paying, and banking services for our clients. Services are provided on a mutually agreeable schedule with the client. This service can and does provide some free time for others who may be providing primary care for the homebound client.
Senior Activities Center - SAC
The SAC's main purpose is to provide professional, educational and informational activities to improve the lives of seniors age 50 and older. There are a wide range of activities aimed at providing information about all sorts of health issues, and otherwise "life" issues, which effect many seniors. In addition, there are many social and fun activities for seniors. We rely on senior volunteers to assist with these activities. Programs in swimming, dancing, card playing, sewing, and singing are just a few of the many activities.
The Center is also a nutrition site for daily lunches - Monday through Friday. To contact nutrition site, call 574-267-0026. The SAC provides a monthly newsletter. Check out our events and activities. April 2010 Newsletter - Click to View Printable PDF.
The SAC provides a contact site for the Elkhart Social Security office.
This program provides nutritious meals - Monday through Friday - in centers located throughout Kosciusko County. The program aims to promote better health among older adults through improved nutrition. It also provides clients with an opportunity to meet and visit with other people. Our Agency provides handicapped accessible van transportation to the various nutrition sites. For the nutrition site nearest your home, please call our office at 574-267-2012.
Let us know if you know any senior in Kosciusko County who might benefit from having one of our volunteers call them and chat with them. Our volunteers can make calls five days a week during normal work hours. This service proves to be important to clients who have no family members or friends in the area. We can often get these clients to begin into come to our Senior Activity Center.
Information and Referral
This program provides referrals to clients and/or their families to assist them with locating services that are offered throughout the county. We maintain a central office, open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers assist seniors with filing their taxes. This service is offered at the SAC, but in specialty situations volunteers can come to the home. Tax consultant services are for seniors age 60 and older, plus low income individuals.
A toll free number is available for emergency personal legal problems. Elderly clients are provided with an attorney to assist them with legal circumstances.
Senior Health Insurance Program - SHIP
This is a State of Indiana sponsored program. It is very beneficial to those seniors who want an unbiased opinion about medical/health insurance and the new "prescription drug" program. Advice and information can also be given regarding Medicaid and Medicare generally. Trained counselors provide information about personal and federal health insurance problems.