Providing resources, services, opportunities, and advocacy that enhance the quality of the second half of life.
Annual Report 2017 Tending to the growing needs of seniors in Douglas County, Kansas
745 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044 (mailing address) 2920 Haskell, Lawrence, KS (temporary location)
Senior Solutions Services SRC maintains the county’s centralized database of resources available for seniors. Staff experts meet with seniors, caregivers, families, professionals, and others to provide free information, education, and guidance for help finding services.
How do I find affordable housing? What handyman services are available to me? Who can make my home more suited to my needs? How can my father get his wish to stay in his home? What are options for recreation and lifelong learning? How can I connect with others? Where can I get caregiver support? What discounts are there for seniors? Can I get free tickets to performances? Why is Lawrence a good place to retire? And so much more
SRC: Your go-to source of information about ALL THINGS SENIOR in Douglas County!
Health & Human Services This department deals with health care, finances, safety, and legal concerns of seniors. Free Medicare counseling is provided as an extension of Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) and Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). SRC offers “Welcome to Medicare” throughout the county every month. Safe Winter Walkways helps seniors in need of snow removal through dozens of volunteers. The Adopt-aSenior program provides isolated seniors with Christmas gifts.
In 2017 over 2,000 seniors were served by Health & Human Services; 5,859 units of information were provided. During Medicare enrollment, 18 trained SHICK volunteers helped 692 people with Medicare options.
“Suddenly, we faced a crisis with Mother and didn’t know where to turn. We didn’t even know what questions to ask. SRC staff spent time with us to understand her needs and help us find services to care for her in her home. She’s doing much better now.”
Senior Meals Volunteers deliver free heart-healthy lunches Monday-Friday to seniors 60 and older who have difficulty accessing or preparing food. Senior Meals is the only daily home-delivered meal service to all of Douglas County.
31,827 meals were delivered in 2017. Volunteers donated 3,042 hours of their time to assure hungry seniors were fed.
Senior Meals food costs rose over 40% in 2017. “After paying my bills out of Social Security, I do not have enough left over to pay for Senior Meals, which I love so much and appreciate with all my heart.” A Senior Wheels Customer
Senior Wheels Senior Wheels is the only transportation program that serves all persons 60 and older throughout Douglas County regardless of income through door-to-door scheduled rides. Drivers are thoroughly screened and vetted.
10,613 rides were provided during 2017 by Senior Wheels. An additional 401 rides could not be accommodated because of limited resources.
Senior Wheels provided 32% more rides in 2017. “I have no one to take me to my doctor’s appointments or to the supermarket. The drivers are patient and kind. I appreciate and rely on this service. Thank you.”
2017 Sources of SRC Financial Support (does not include in-kind support)
2017 grants: Kansas Department of Transportation; Older Americans Act via Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Service via Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, and Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging; Emergency Food & Shelter Program (American Red Cross); and Douglas County Community Foundation.
SRC 2017 Budgeted Operating Expenses: $1,055,856 Other Programs 12%
Health & Human Services 25%
Fundraising, Administrative 2% Senior Meals 38%