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Catholic Social Service Gila Aging Services
Through services such as adult day care, prescription drug assistance, volunteer programs, information and referral, food acquisition programs, home maintenance and safety, emergency preparedness, economic development and case management, Gila Aging Services brings supportive and enabling programs to rural communities in Gila, Pinal and Navajo counties.   For information on any of our programs listed below, call us at our Globe-Miami office at (928) 473-2100 or (888) 322-2545.

 

Who We Serve:  
elderly and/or disabled persons over age eighteen, living in the service areas. 

What We Do:  
The overall purpose of Gila Aging Service is to help individuals and families to maintain their independence and dignity while maximizing their human potential.  Each of our programs is designed to help elderly and/or disabled persons with some part of meeting their basic needs. 

Case Management:

Gila Aging Service provides individualized case management and direct services to homebound elderly, and/or disabled adults.  Working as the client’s advocate and with their families, the case manager develops a care plan that provides appropriate services to maintain the dignity and independence of each client, to assure them an opportunity to remain in their own homes. In addition to the direct services and equipment provided by the agency, the case managers authorize home delivered meals, housekeeping and personal support. 

Adult Day Respite Activity Programs:

The Respite programs provide the caregiver (non-paid person caring for an elderly and/or ill person) with a brief break.  They may choose to get out of the house, shop, rest, catch up with friends, see their doctor, or just catch up on their own lives.  Many spouses or family members spend all their time directly caring for a home bound loved one.  This continuous effort is exhausting and can lead to depression, despair, and abuse. 

Located in Hayden/Winkleman, Heber/Overgaard, Globe/Miami, and Show Low/Pinetop, “Our Precious Moments”, “Cabin Fever Breakers”, “White Mountain Memories” and the Hayden Resource Center, allow socialization and recreation to those needing a little extra assistance, and gives caregivers the time they need to refresh and revitalize.  Persons that might otherwise be precluded from attending the local senior centers, due to mild dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s, or other physical and/or mental illness, can get personalized care, meet new friends, and enjoy a “special meal” that is shared with special friends.    

The Prescription Drug Program:

This service completes the extensive paperwork required to allow the drug companies themselves to provide prescriptions to indigent persons who would not otherwise be able to afford them. The benefits checkup is now accessible at our new Senior Resource Center and allows us to help clients assure that they are receiving all the federal government benefits to which they are entitled.  The Resource Center has a specially designed area where seniors can learn to utilize the internet for information and fun. 

Volunteerism and Economic Development: 

“ElderBuilders, bridging the gap in health and human services” 

“ElderBuilders creates collaborative community partnerships dedicated to providing supportive services to, by, and for elders, disabled adults, and their families, in order to maintain independence, enhance dignity, and improve quality of life” 

Our Elderbuilders® volunteers provide gap services (not met by formal contractors), including food box deliveries, friendly visitor, phone reassurance, shopping service, light housekeeping, yard work, transportation, business assistance, home safety and emergency service access (C.E.R.T.) for volunteers that are willing to help during local disasters, and CPR/First Aid certification. We are very proud of our volunteers and grateful for them.  This year we opened a resource center where seniors can drop by to learn computer skills and access the web at their leisure. They can visit our website and participate in our ElderBuilders® Ageless Enterprise “shopping mall” at www.agelessenterprise.org where we market products made by seniors needing to improve their economic worth.   

For information on any of the programs listed above, call us at our Globe-Miami office at (928) 473-2100 or (888) 322-2545.