Mission: Aging matters in brevard, a non-profit organization, develops solutions to community problems, promotes and maintains independence, and maximizes the quality of life for the citizens of brevard county, particularly the elderly and disabled adult.
Programs: Home and community based services helped 243 clients access more than $1. 15 million in in-home and community based support services. After a comprehensive in-home assessment, each client receives a customized care plan to address their individulal needs. Some of the services provided include the following:60 hours of companion support21,870 hours of in-facility respite and 9,933 hours of in-home respite11,813 hours of light housekeeping assistance8,939 hours of assistance with daily living activities including personal hygiene$60,521 in consumable medical supplies such as nutritional supplements, bed pads and adult undergarmentswith this help, 98% of the clients served were able to remain at home, thus avoiding nursing home placement.
meals on wheels volunteers deliver a nutritionally balanced meal, social contact, and a safety check to home bound seniors five-days a week in their home. Hot nutritious meals were served to 2,218 seniors receiving meals on wheels or attending one of 11 neighborhood seniors at lunch meal sites. Meals on wheels volunteers delivered 188,770 meals to 1,558 homebound seniors. Seven-hundred and seventy-five (775) meals on wheels volunteers donated 57,932 hours of service and traveled 416,614 miles.
the home care program employs certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and homemakers to provide light housekeeping and meal preparation, shopping assistance, companionship, respite and non-medical personal care in the home of the client. A registered nurse works with the client and caregiver to develop an individualized plan of care and oversees direct client care. The aging matters in brevard home care program is licensed through the florida agency for health care administration, license #xxx-xx-xxxx, and is accredited by the community health accreditation partner (chap). Two hundred and twelve (212) seniors received 17,393 hours of assistance with light housekeeping, shopping and meal preparation. One hundred (100) seniors received 11,444 hours of assistance with personal care. Fifty four (54) caregivers were provided 7,209 hours of respite relief. Fourteen (14) seniors received 2,091 hours of companionship to prevent social isolation and loneliness.
the brevard community kitchen prepares freshly cooked meals for the frailest of brevard's citizens, its frail seniors and at-risk children. The kitchen prepared and delivered 358,410 meals for: meals on wheels recipients; seniors at lunch attendees; adult day care centers; children attending child day care programs; and private schools. The following are short-term or seasonal food centered events:the saturday meals on wheels project is a partnership with united way of brevard and local corporations. Corporate employees delivered 1,005 meals on 7 saturdays. Meal recipients would otherwise not receive weekend nourishment. The kitchen served 1,555 meals to low-income children attending summer lunch programs. The kitchen catered 65 various functions and provided 5,773 meals. The seniors assistance program supports at risks seniors in the early stages of difficulty. The home improvement team worked 7,338 hours installing grab bars, building access ramps, and completing minor home repairs helping 1,611 seniors live safely in their own homes. One thousand two hundred and fourty-nine (1,249) seniors received 4,500 rides to medical offices or to seniors at lunch sites. Case management services helped 72 clients and their families obtain 3,761 hours of help with light housekeeping and respite relief. Brevard county legal aid helped 309 seniors with civil matters such as protection against foreclosure, guidance with landlord-tenant issues, protection from consumer fraud, and assistance with advanced directives. The senior transerve program recruits volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to provide transportation for ambulatory, non-driving, home bound seniors who need a ride to medical appointments, grocery shopping, social activities, volunteering or other appointments. Sixty-nine (69) dedicated volunteers traveled 48,100 miles, and thirty-three (33) vets driving vets volunteer drivers travelled 28,865 miles using their own time, vehicles and fuel to transport 2920 unduplicated, non-driving senior and veteran clients. Twenty-five (25) senior drivers were given free carfit evaluations to ensure safe driving practices. The sunflower house is a senior and caregiver support resource center offering information, referrals, training support, and social activities located at the merrit square mall. Seven hundred and fifty-seven (757) individuals received information on community resources. Education on agency programs and services was provided at 100 health fairs, community events, and presentations to community organizations and clubs. Twenty (20) volunteers donated 5,186 hours of service answering phone calls and providing information and referrals to seniors and their caregivers. Seventy five (75) seniors participated in 97 hours of classes involving chair exercise, weight lifting and range of motion exercise. The caregiver support program located at the sunflower house assisted 46 caregivers in caring for their elderly loved ones through the provision of 478 hours of care management coordination. Caregivers and their families received 2,007 hours of in-home respite care and 7,017 of adult daycare. The grandparenting again program provided supportive services to 20 grandparents who are primary caregivers for 57 minor relative childen through the provision of 93 hours of case management. Seniors and grandparents received 90 hours of individual and group gerontological counseling to help them work through mental, emotional, and social adjustment issues related to the aging process. Family caregivers and grandparents received two hundred and nineteen (219) hours of caregiver training and support, which includes support for caregivers caring for family members with dementia, support through the bereavement process, and support for grandparents in caring for their grandchildren. Consumable medical supplies totaling $22,259 were provided to caregivers and seniors, while the medical equipment bank distributed 216 wheelchairs, walkers, canes, bedside commodes, and shower chairs. The retired and senior volunteer program (rsvp) identifies needs in the community and engages seniors fifty-five and older into volunteer service. The program helps match individuals with high impact volunteer opportunities at local non-profit or government organizations. Three hundred and twenty-nine (329) volunteers aged 55 and older provided 32,609 hours of service valued at $614,679. Rsvp volunteers were recruited to work at 19 not-for-profit and government agencies. Volunteer stations or placement sites include senior centers, sharing centers, veteran's programs, public schools, the brevard senior nutrition program, the state attorney's office, and the sunflower house. Seventy percent (70%) of volunteers are placed in programs that are focused on healthy futures, education, veteran and military families, economic opportunity, and capacity building. Seniors at lunch provides nutritionally-balance meals and social contact in a congregate setting to senior citizens in brevard county. At 11 neighborhood dining sites, 660 seniors at lunch participants were served 62,869 meals. One hundred and eighty-six (186) seniors at lunch volunteers donated 14,575 hours of service.