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Senior Services of Albany thanks CDPHP for supporting senior programs and services.

 

As pioneers in the field of aging in the Capital Region since 1952, Senior Services of Albany has a proven history of responding to the needs of seniors and caregivers.  Our services have been designed with the experience, understanding and appreciation of your needs.

 

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For Caregivers – According to Jim Rohn, “One person caring about and for another represents life’s greatest value.” But boy can it be hard!  We understand that you want to do the very best each day and we are here to help. Find out more -

New Adult Day Program – Helderberg Haven set to open September, 2014

Senior Services of Albany is pleased to announce the opening of their new Adult Day Program, “Helderberg Haven” which is set to open in September 2014.  In anticipation of being able to serve seniors in Berne, Senior Services is in need of several items to make this site a success.  In addition Senior Services of Albany has received approval to paint and decorate their current Day Program the Newgate Adult Day Program located on New Scotland Avenue in Albany. For many caregivers these day programs give them peace of mind knowing their loved ones are socializing and safe while they are at work or just knowing they are not sitting home alone and isolated.

Want to help provide items that will make these locations a more “home like” atmosphere?  Listed below are items that both locations need to provide the most comfortable setting possible for our seniors.

Wish List

(only items in good or excellent condition can be accepted)

Furniture: a couch, one or two lounge chairs, end tables, floor lamps, a computer desk, a
large filing cabinet that locks, comfortable kitchen or dining room chairs (with cushions and arm rest), and a Popcorn maker/machine.

Decor Items: curtains, two large wall clocks, silk or dried flower arrangements, small knick knacks, afghan, throw pillows, fish tank, white board and bulletin boards, and pictures and posters.

Items for Activities: puzzles, games, cards, dominoes (please none with missing pieces or parts), arts and crafts materials of all kinds, and old jewelry (to be used for prizes).

Media and Technology: a DVD player, a bookshelf, large print books and magazines, coffee table books (large books with lots of pictures [National Parks, Countries, National Monuments, etc.]), music (from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s), and a printer/copier/fax machine.

Misc.:paint and paint brushes, rollers, and other painting equipment.

We thank you for any donation you can make to our Adult Day Programs.

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Senior Services of Albany The Columbus Day Meals on Wheels Food Tasting was a big hit! There was a full house at the Westview Senior Center as our seniors enjoyed an array of tasty treats, including BBQ pulled pork, turkey tetrazzini, mac & cheese, and more!20.10.2014 at 01:22 pmLike
Senior Services of Albany A HUGE THANK YOU to Stephen Jones who donated his truck to our Meals on Wheels program! One of our vehicles died just last week so the timing couldn't have been better!16.10.2014 at 08:31 pmLike
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Senior Services of Albany Meals on Wheels – More than just a Meal:
A True Story from Senior Services of Albany Seniors and Staff

Whether they are volunteers or paid staff members, our Meals on Wheels drivers care about the people they serve. When our drivers knock on a senior’s door, they know that they may be the only person that senior sees or hears from all day. Our Meals on Wheels drivers are trained to keep a watchful eye out for the seniors along their route and to detect changes in behavior, mental clarity, and physical mobility. For them, delivering meals is more than feeding seniors.

Recently, one of our drivers delivered a meal to a senior she regularly serves on her route in the Albany area. On one ordinary delivery day, the driver noticed that something was not right. Somehow, she knew that the senior standing at the door was sick. The driver asked the woman if she was ok, but she said she felt fine. Determined to look out for the woman, the Meals on Wheels driver asked the woman if she wanted her to call a family member or EMS just to be sure, but the woman declined her help again and reassured her that she felt fine. The driver was still concerned, so she kindly said goodbye and returned to her truck to call the Meals on Wheels office to report what she saw.

The Meals on Wheels staff member who took the call agreed that they should continue to look into the problem. She reached out to the senior by phone, but again, the woman insisted she was fine. She did not need anyone to call for medical help or to call her daughter. She was sure she would feel better if she went to lie down and rest for a while. Both the driver and the Meals on Wheels staff member had a hunch that this senior needed more than rest, so they agreed that the staff member should call the woman’s daughter anyway.

The woman’s daughter was thankful for the staff’s attentiveness. She knew her mother was prone to bouts of confusion, like many seniors her age, and thought that this might be the cause of the staff’s concern. She decided that it would be best to stop by and check on her mother at the advice of the Meals on Wheels staff. Just to be sure, the woman’s daughter left work early and drove to her mother’s house.

The next day, the Meals on Wheels office received a phone call from the woman’s daughter. She told them that the driver and staff member had saved her mother’s life! After going to check on her mother the day before, she discovered that her mother had turned on her gas stove and left the gas running. After speaking with the driver then the staff member, her mother passed out in her home from inhaling the dangerous fumes coming from the stove. Although the odor from the gas was not detectable outside her mother’s house, she realized what was wrong once she got inside and was able to get her mother out until help arrived. She credits the Senior Services of Albany Meals on Wheels staff with saving her mother’s life.

If it wasn’t for the diligence of our Meals on Wheels staff, who had the foresight to take the initiative and call the woman’s daughter, this local senior might not have survived until her daughter stopped by after work later that evening. Our Meals on Wheels program offers more than just a meal, it provides a second set of eyes and ears when caregivers and family members cannot be there for their loved ones. Our dedicated drivers and staff get to know the seniors they serve, and because of their dedication and genuine concern, they know when something just doesn’t seem quite right.
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