Social Workers: Emmaus social workers visit the homes of seniors
to assess their social, mental and physical well-being; and provide
case management services as needed. Our goal is to allow seniors to
maintain their independence in their homes for as long as possible through
the support of our services.
Part of the Senior Service Network Supported by the D.C. Office on Aging
Wellness Programs: Emmaus is proud to announce our new health
and wellness program in partnership with the Consumer Health Foundation,
the National Capital Area Food Bank, and Kaiser Permanente. The health
and wellness program is a comprehensive approach to meeting the preventive
health care needs of our seniors. The program includes health and prevention
education by a registered nurse from George Washington University. We
also have a weekly nutrition and cooking classes to assist seniors in
preparing nutritious meals at home. The Thrive & Jive,
a beginner exercise class, and Raise the Bar, an intermediate
exercise class, are led weekly by a certified geriatrics exercise instructor
sponsored by the Consumer Health Foundation.
Emmaus serves as advocates, connecting seniors to government and private
assistance, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Food
Stamps, Medicare/Medicaid, Low Income Housing Credit, and Washington Area
Fuel Fund. Emmaus is also in partnership with the Federal Emergency Assistance
Program for seniors who are severely behind with their rent and/or utilities
bills. Additionally, Emmaus assists seniors with signing up with the Verizon
senior phone line service.
Programs: Every month, Emmaus staff and volunteers deliver over
325 grocery bags. The food is donated by Bread
for the City, Commodity Supplemental Foods Program of the USDA, and
Area Food Bank. Whole Foods donates durable grocery bags each month
that volunteers use to pack and delivery groceries to seniors. Also, located
in the basement of Emmaus is our Feast for All Senior Market
where seniors are given free credit to shop for items of their choice.
Reassurance and Companionship: A frequent struggle our seniors
face is isolation and loneliness. Men and women who once were active members
of the community now feel isolated due in large part to declining health.
Emmaus coordinates volunteers to visit these seniors to offer comfort
and reassurance. In addition, our volunteers provide weekly and daily
phone calls to seniors to chat, asses their needs, and inform them about
upcoming Emmaus activities. This coupling of senior with volunteer cultivates
a special friendship and creates deep bonds of mutual love and respect.
Learn more about this special program by listening to a story aired on
TV 9 about life-time friends Helen Mitchell and Sam Kilpatrick.
Light Home Cleanings:
A common cause of eviction for seniors is hoarding. Hoarding is not a
simple case of being messy; on the other hand, it is a deeply rooted social
and psychological matter that must be handled with respect and sensitivity.
After a foundation of trust and respect is established, Emmaus is welcomed
into a senior's home to complete a thorough cleaning and reorganization.
Along with ensuring that our seniors are able to stay in their homes,
Emmaus helps seniors locate affordable housing. Additionally, we mediate
any tenant/landlord concerns that may arise. These concerns range from
landlords ignoring necessary repairs to sudden dramatic increases in rental
rates. If a landlord/tenant dispute cannot be resolved by Emmaus intervention,
we refer cases to AARP's
Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Legal Counsel for the Elderly meets
at Emmaus on Tuesdays and Fridays to offer free legal advice.
Ombudsman: Funded through AARP, our long-term care ombudsman advocates
for the residents of 12 nursing homes and two assisted living centers
in Northwest Washington. Known as a pit-bull with lipstick, our ombudsman
investigates abuse allegations, assesses living conditions, and monitors
the quality of life for hundreds of facility residents and patients.
Classes/Activities/Field Trips: Emmaus is happy to host an onsite
senior center which includes a variety of exciting activities, classes
and field trips. Some of our most popular classes are poetry in motion,
SeniorNet Cyber Senior Computer lab, art therapy, Chat & Chew
socialization hour, bingo, birthday parties, field trips and more. We
also serve daily congregate meals which provide seniors with free hot
lunches Monday through Friday. Click
here to view our monthly schedule of activities.
Holiday Events: Each year in December Emmaus hosts a large holiday
celebration for over 250 seniors which includes a bounty of holiday
foods and entertainment. Also, Emmaus recognizes that there are seniors
who are isolated and homebound who find it challenging to enjoy the
holidays outside of their homes. Many of these seniors are home alone
on the holidays. Emmaus helps these seniors by hosting a Thanksgiving
Day Meal Delivery as well as a Christmas Eve visit and gift delivery
for homebound seniors.
This 2006 holiday
season, Emmaus will also host a tree trimming party at our senior center
thanks to the generous donation of a Christmas tree from the Garden
them at www.gardendistrict-dc.com.
Doula to Accompany
& Comfort: The Emmaus Doula program trains volunteers to accompany
seniors with serious or terminal illnesses during the end of life process.
Doula volunteers provide companionship and support to seniors going through
the end of life process that primarily have limited support systems. Working
with seniors in their homes and long-term care facilities, Doula volunteers
serve so that no senior has to live their last days alone.