Senior Services Outreach
OUTREACH SERVICES & PROGRAMS:
Call 248-370-9353 for information on any of the services listed.
Lunch is served Monday- Friday at noon. You must reserve a meal by 10:00am the day before (for a Monday lunch call the Friday before). Monthly menus (subject to change) available at the Community Center or online. Suggested donation ages 60 and over is $3.00. Under 60: $5.00.
Call 248-370-9353 to reserve a meal.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Senior citizens, who are unable to prepare their meals due to declining health, may be an elderly caregiver or recovering from surgery may be eligible to receive meals delivered to their home up to seven days a week. Meals are prepared at OPC and delivered to the Auburn Hills Senior Department where volunteers pack the meals and deliver them. Suggested donation of $3.50 per meal.
For more information regarding this program, call 248-608-0294.
NO EXCUSE FOR ELDER ABUSE
Senior citizens who are being hurt, having money taken or used without permission, are being forced to things against their will, being negelected or unable to care for themselves are victims of elder abuse. Neglecting to care for a dependent older adult or leaving them in an unsafe situation, whether you mean to or not, is elder abuse. Knowing, and not doing anything is elder abuse.
IF YOU SUSPECT ELDER ABUSE OR NEGLECT CALL 1-855-444-3911.
You do not need to leave your name.
COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS - NEW!
available for private consult the first Monday of each month
Are you facing challenges related to aging? Are your grown children causing you grief? Are you worried about your future? Are family disagreements causing you stress? Are you a caregiver? Whatever the issue is, you can come and talk with a Licensed, Geriatric Therapist in confidence at the Community Center. She will be available for private consult the first Monday of each month and is able to bill your insurance. Call or stop by the Community Center front desk to make an appointment to assure you won’t have any wait time. Come and meet with Micheline Sommers, LMSW and share your burden.
ASK THE NURSE HOUR
with Crittenton Home Care
The senior community is invited to the Auburn Hills Community Center to visit a Crittenton Home Care nurse from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month. The nurse will answer basic medical questions and offer free blood pressure screenings. For information, call the Community Relations Coordinator at 248-656-6757. Ask a Nurse Hour is meant for informational purposes only.
NEW -KIT – Keep In Touch Telephone Reassurance Program
The KIT program provides a daily phone call to homebound seniors Monday –Friday to give a friendly hello and make sure the senior is doing well. This telephone reassurance program is good for seniors who live alone and would do well with a daily phone call. Phone calls are placed Monday-Friday by trained volunteers. This is not a substitute for personal medical alert systems. For more information call the Center.
Caregiver Support Group
This group provides an opportunity for caregivers to discuss how their lives have been affected as they care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. A safe and supportive environment for caregivers to share their feelings, ideas and gain support. Led by an Alzheimer’s Association facilitator. For questions call 248-875-2052
Sponsored by Crittenton Home Care.
Third Thursday each month at 6:00 p.m.
SCLERODERMA SUPPORT GROUP
A support group for patients, loved ones or caregivers of those with the auto-immune disease Scleroderma. We meet to share our commonalities of the disease, provide each other with support, and to gain knowledge of the disease and how to manage it. There is a new topic each month.
Questions can be directed to support facilitator Glenda Courdret, 248-798-3267.
1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm
Sponsored by the Scleroderma Michigan Chapter
Homebound Library Program
Auburn Hills Public Library Home Delivery Service The Auburn Hills Public Library provides a free Home Delivery Service to Auburn Hills residents who are eligible.
Volunteers bring library materials, selected especially for you, to your home to enjoy on a regular basis.
If you would like information about this program, please call the Adult Services Librarians at 248-364-6706.
The Senior Services Department houses a Community Food Pantry available for Auburn Hills residents only, regardless of age, who find themselves in need of emergency food assistance. This food pantry is only for emergency relief. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of income to receive food assistance. Emergency food assistance is limited to non-perishable foods. To receive assistance, call the Community Center to set up an appointment.
FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: FOCUS HOPE
Food assistance program for income-qualified individuals. Income and/ or age guidelines must be met. Focus Hope is a monthly food distribution program for seniors age 60 and older only.
SNAP- FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Applying for food assistance just got easier. Meet with a Gleaners Community Food Bank staff member at the Auburn Hills Community Center to complete the application form process. Eligibility requirements and a list of documents to bring to the appointment will be available at the center. If you already receive Commodity Foods and Focus Hope you can still apply for this program.
Call 1-313-402-4581 for questions and to schedule your appointment.
Transportation available for senior city residents age 65 and older and/or disabled city residents. Transportation is for medical appointments (non-emergency or surgical), business appointments, shopping days and visits to the Community Center for luncheon activities. Not for work- related transportation. Donations are $2.00 each way. For information: 248-370-9353. Must call in advance; same day service is not available.
DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET
Durable medical equipment such as walkers, crutches, wheelchairs & bath stools. There is no charge to borrow an item, keep them as long as necessary and return clean. Clean, working durable medical equipment donations are also accepted. Resource list of other organizations that provide loan closets available at the center or on our website under resources- need to check location. Because our storage space is limited, we ask that you call prior to bringing in your donation.
MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PART D & OTHER INSURANCE ASSISTANCE
A Trained MMAP volunteer is available to answer your questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Part D Prescription programs, Long Term Care Insurance, Supplemental Insurances, Medicare Drug Discount Cards and more. Assistance is also available in understanding statements from Medicare, hospitals, etc.
By appointment only, call the Community Center for more info (248) 370-9353
VIAL OF LIFE – THE BOTTLE THAT SPEAKS FOR YOU WHEN YOU CAN’T!
This is an emergency assistance program sponsored by the Auburn Hills Police, Fire and Senior Citizen Services Departments. This paper emergency information system is important to provide emergency personnel with pertinent and current health information that otherwise may not be available in the case of an emergency. All information is strictly confidential, and only emergency personnel have access to the information. Trained volunteers are available by appointment to enroll residents or update information.
Call the center for more information 248-370-9353.
KNOX BOX SAFETY PROGRAM
A safe and secure way to help an elderly or disabled person stay in their home and enjoy independent living…using the Knox-Box Safety Program. Participants in this program will have a secure lock box installed on the exterior of their home which contains a key to the home. Only the Auburn Hills Fire Department personnel will have a master key to unlock this box to gain secure entry into the home in the event of an emergency. This program enables emergency personnel to reach your love ones in the event that they are unable to answer the door themselves. It also eliminates the need for a forced entry or dependence on a neighbor who may not be available for a key. There are a limited number of boxes available free for low income residents or the Knoxboxes can be purchased at cost through the Senior Services Department.
For more information or to enroll contact the Senior Services Department.
HOME REPAIR AND YARD MAINTNENANCE PROGRAMS
MINOR HOME & MOBILE HOME REPAIR GRANT PROGRAM
The Minor Home & Mobile Home Repair Program is for age and/or income qualified residents of Auburn Hills who own their own home and disabled individuals who require minor home repairs free of charge. This service is funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Enrollment is limited and only available as long as funding is available. Call 248-370-9353 or Click here for application.
SHARP – Senior Home Assistance Repair Program
A volunteer driven program designed to help senior citizens and disabled residents to continue to live as independently as possible in their own homes. While the labor is performed by volunteers, the materials are paid for by the homeowner. The SHARP program accepts requests for assistance year round (yard request are seasonal). Assistance requests should be relatively simplistic in nature and not require the need for a licensed contractor or permit. Eligible tasks may include but are not limited to changing furnace filters, changing out storm windows, changing light bulbs or light yard work. All SHARP volunteers must go through a background check and training. SHARP is a partnership program with the North Woodward Community Foundation.
LAWN MOWING SERVICE PROGRAM & SNOW REMOVAL SERVICE GRANT PROGRAM
Lawn mowing services and Snow removal services are available for income eligible senior citizens and disabled residents. This service is funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Enrollment is limited and only available as long as funding is available. Contact the center for more information.
SNOW SWEEPERS 50/50 & LAWN KEEPERS 50/50
Cost Share Yard Maintenance Programs for income homeowners who are low income but do not income qualify under the CDBG Lawn Mowing and Snow Removal Services Programs. The 50/50 program allows participants to receive lawn mowing and snow removal services at substantial savings. Each participant pays for 50% of the srevice at the time of registration and the program picks up the difference. Participants must meet eligibility requirements.
For more information or to donate call the Senior Services Department at 248-370-9353.
ASK THE ATTORNEY
Local attorney, Dana Wilson, will be at the Center the fourth Monday of each month to assist with your legal questions. Mr. Wilson donates his time while at the Center. Call the Center to schedule an appointment.
FREE ESTATE PLANNING FOR QUALIFIED OAKLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS
If you are an Oakland County resident over the age of 60 you may be eligible to participate in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Estate Planning Clinic. The Estate Planning Clinic is a teaching clinic staffed by Cooley Law students, attorneys and staff who work directly with clients to help solve their Estate Planning concerns. Law students, under the close supervision of law school faculty and licensed attorneys, interview and counsel clients and draft estate planning documents such as wills, durable powers of attorney and powers of attorney for health care at no charge to the client.
For more information or to prequalify, please contact Thomas Cooley Law School, 248-335-0125.
MORE RESOURCES FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Lakeshore Legal Aid offers FREE consultations through the Council & Advocacy Law Line at
1-888-783-8190. Visits are available to senior homebound seniors or to nursing homes, as necessary.
Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors at 1-800-347-5297.