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Are you a senior who could use a helping hand? Are you caring for an aging person? Are you 55 or older and interested in volunteering? Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) has several services for seniors, as well as a dynamic volunteer program for people 55 years or older. Last year, we served over 4,500 seniors through adult day services and senior volunteer services.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.
Compelled by the love and teachings of Jesus Christ, CCSEM provides loving care for those in need – helping caregivers and those they care for. Our service offering is aligned into two groups:
CCSEM’s Adult Day Health Services and Caregiver Support Services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and receive funding from Area Agency on Aging 1B, client fees, and individual and corporate donations. For our Senior Volunteer programs, funding is from the Corporation for National and Community Services and the Office of Services to the Aging. Offering services to vulnerable seniors and their caregivers since 1983, the CCSEM Oakland County Adult Day Center is the longest standing program of its kind in Oakland County. CCSEM’s A Friend’s House in Macomb County has provided adult day services since 1984.
CCSEM daytime centers offer several social activities and stimulating projects for adults with cognitive health challenges such as Alzheimer’s and dementia (such as Alzheimer’s), and other conditions or injuries that require constant supervision. Our professional and personalized services have a 1:4 staff-to-client ratio, which enables caregivers to work, manage their lives better, or take a well-deserved break. Each of our centers offers a comfortable and friendly setting to meet the needs of our clients. CCSEM senior services staff are trained activity associates with a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS); registered nurse and social worker also available for consultation.
Caregivers are invited to a free gathering at 6:00 pm March 9 at the CCSEM Adult Day Health Services office in Auburn Hills. Our guest presenter will be Dee Hubbard, RN, from Home Instead Senior Care. She will discuss ways to improve communication with your memory-impaired loved one, techniques to reduce stress, and other helpful resources.
Specific senior services include:
Administrative discretion may be applied based on the level of care required.
From one to five days per week, your senior loved one can continue activities they enjoy in a dignified way while at-home caregivers can enjoy respite, tend to other aspects of their lives, and manage other home and personal responsibilities. We utilize an individualized care planning process and our CTRS meets with each client to ensure their interests and needs are reflected in their daily activity plan. Fees for these services are privately paid.
Seniors are a valuable community resource. Our programs for active adults 55 years of age and older offer a variety of ways to give back and share skills with those in need, including special needs children, other adults, and seniors. As a senior volunteer, you will have meaningful activities, share your life experiences, and provide special assistance and experiences to those you help. There are many benefits in volunteering – meeting new people, satisfaction with helping others, and encountering new experiences. Depending on the program, our volunteer opportunities range from four hours per month to 20 hours per week as senior companions, foster grandparents, and involvement in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
As a foster grandparent, you become a role model, tutor, and mentor to a child or teen in need of love and guidance. As young offenders or developmentally disabled, these youth are at risk and need a steady, reliable, positive influence. This program has 50 volunteers helping area youths on their path to a promising future. As a foster grandparent, you will receive training and, for those who qualify, a non-taxable stipend.
As a senior companion, you will provide one-on-one service to home-bound seniors or special needs adults 21 years of age and older. More than 80 senior volunteers are involved in this program. You can provide much needed help with daily activities, offer a listening ear or hand, provide the opportunity for time-off for their families or professional caregivers, or other helpful tasks. Senior companion volunteers receive training and may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend.
CCSEM’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is an excellent opportunity for you to put your lifelong experiences to great use. These volunteers provide assistance through local and national organizations. They are busy giving of their time and expertise in hospitals, libraries, and non-profits; they tutor and mentor; and share their professional and life experience. More than 700 volunteers are enrolled in the RSVP. Every RSVP member receives training, and provides a minimum of 4 hours per month of service time. RSVP volunteers also choose how and where they want to serve.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Tutors, Mentors needed to help Macomb County School kids