We all have a mom, dad, grandparent, family member or close friend that needs help as they age. Even with resources, it’s difficult for families to juggle this responsibility. The reality is that many seniors right here in our own community don’t have any family to help and have very little resources. Sometimes it’s the little things – like someone helping prepare meals or someone to just talk to – that can help a senior live independently.
Other organizations and private companies offer similar services – many of which are covered by Medicaid – but what makes Hart Felt unique? Services are offered by volunteers who are serving to build a relationship with a senior in need.
Hart Felt’s Services Include:
• Friendly Visits
• Grocery Shopping
• Meal Preparation
• Transportation to Appointments
• Light Housekeeping
Hart Felt staff and volunteers advocate for our clients. It may entail connecting them to other organizations that might be of help or helping them understand medical bills.
The telephone is a vital tool in combating the loneliness so many seniors feel. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call to let them know someone cares.
While most of our clients live independently, some are fortunate enough to have a caretaker. Full time care taking, however, can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Hart Felt volunteers provide two hours of respite care per week, allowing the caretaker to run errands, go to appointments or just relax, renewing their mind, body and soul.
Yard Mowing & Clean Up Projects
Seniors are often in need of help maintaining their lawns but don’t have the extra funds to pay for the service. Some lawns need mowing while others require more TLC. Larger Clean Up Projects are great for churches, small groups and corporate volunteer days.
Wheelchair Ramp Construction
Imagine becoming wheelchair bound and becoming a prisoner in your own home. Hart Felt provides volunteers, including a licensed contractor, to draw up plans and construct a ramp. Donations and grants provide the funds to purchase materials which Hart Felt secures at a discount.
Emergency Financial Assistance
After another senior organization closed, Hart Felt saw a need for help with bills, food, or purchases. Emergency Financial Assistance is offered through the Hart Fund. A special application that includes income verification is the first step in receiving this assistance.
Minor Home Repairs
For a senior living on a fixed income (the majority of our clients are living in poverty), a household repair is a major obstacle. Hart Felt works with a coalition of partners to complete repairs like fixing a leaky faucet, replacing locks on a door, repairing an electrical panel that poses a fire hazard or installing safety handles or grab bars. The result? Peace of mind and safe living conditions.