2017 Quick Facts
- 1,743 older adults served
- 58,387 meals provided
- 206 community volunteers
- $379,894 in federal & state grants written and received
- $14,234 in emergency funding, including utility shut-off notices
- 100% of Barry County’s townships and municipalities receive services annually
Adult Day Services
Adult Day Services provide relief to caregivers by providing nurse-supervised care to persons living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases. Day Services are available at a very affordable cost and include transportation, medication administration, meals and snacks.
In 2017, our professional staff provided 8,422 hours of care to 23 caregiver families.
Personal Care Services offer bath assistance and personal care to homebound elders, using the services of professional nurses’ aides. In 2017, we provided 4,871 hours of care to 78 individuals.
Homemaking Services include housework, errands, laundry and light meal preparation for older adults who have conditions that make it difficult for them to do the work for themselves. Experienced aides provided 5,842 hours of homemaking services to 145 customers in 2017.
Respite Care provides supervised aide care for persons who require 24-hour care in their homes. This service is designed to provide caregivers “respite” away from their loved ones. This program offered 576 hours of care to 10 families in 2017.
In-Home Assessments include home visits by our RN to assess client needs. In 2017, 458 In-Home Assessments were provided to 319 individuals, for a total of 302 hours..
Chore Services focus on safety and security, including the installation of smoke detectors, light bulbs and grab bars, repair of frayed electrical cords, repair of steps and other minor home repair tasks. In 2016, our Chore staff provided 613 hours of service to 156 clients.
Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program
The Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, or MMAP, provides free counseling to Barry County residents seeking help with these programs. Professionally trained volunteers can assist with questions and enrollment into the Medicare Part D Prescription program, health plans, Medicaid, the Extra Help program, Low Income Subsidy and Long-term Care Insurance Supplemental Polices. In 2017, our coordinator and 6 volunteers provided 713 hours of assistance to 328 individuals.
Senior Nutrition Programs
Meals on Wheels are tasty, nutritionally balanced meals delivered Monday through Friday to homebound older adults. Drivers check on the well-being of the seniors on their route while delivering a smile and a kind word or two. In 2017, staff and volunteers drove over 69,000 miles delivering 43,848 lunch, supper, weekend, liquid Ensure meals to 275 homebound seniors.
Congregate Dining is group dining available weekdays at centers located in Delton, Hastings, Nashville and Woodland. In addition to tasty, reasonably priced meals, participants enjoy fellowship, entertainment, and educational opportunities. We wish to thank our Congregate Dining partners: Faith United Methodist Church in Delton, Mainstreet Banquet Hall in Nashville and the Eagles Club in Woodland. In 2017, we welcomed 711 seniors to our four dining centers, where they enjoyed 10,308 meals.
The Senior Meal Choice Program offers low cost dining at three designated restaurants. The program is available to Barry County seniors who live in townships that don’t have Congregate Dining available to them five days a week. In 2017, 4,231 meals were served to 265 eligible participants at the Thornapple Kitchen in Middleville, Bowen’s Family Dining in Delton.
We are proud to partner with the Barry County Humane Society to deliver Pets Meals on Wheels to pet companions on our Meals on Wheels routes. In 2017, we delivered pet meals to our clients for their 14 dogs and 35 cats!
In 2017, 3,630 Market Fresh Coupons were distributed to 178 qualified seniors allowing them to purchase Michigan-grown produce at authorized farmers’ markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.
We truly couldn’t do the amount of care or the quality of service without the faithful contribution of our many volunteers. In 2017, 206 volunteers contributed 4,440 hours of service to the COA, doing a wide array of tasks, including: delivering Meals on Wheels; entertaining at dining centers; preparing and serving food for parties; presenting educational programs; and assisting with fundraisers.
Barry County is a giving community, and nowhere is that generosity more evident than in the support we receive for our fundraisers! Fundraisers allow us to provide more service for our most important programs.
100% of the money raised goes into programs that serve the needs of Barry County’s older adults.