The mission of the Division of Senior Services is to enhance the quality of life for Tohono O’odham Elderly and Disabled Adults by identifying, developing and providing quality services.
- To provide a well-balanced meal to the Nation’s Elders through congregate settings and through a system of home delivery for those that cannot come to the congregate center
- To provide education, recreational, social activities and social socialization
- Health promotions
|The following locations are designated as Tohono O’odham Nation Elderly Centers. All meals are served and prepared in the kitchens at these locations:|
|1. Chui Chu||6. San Xavier|
|2. Florence||7. Sells|
|3. Gu-Vo||8. Santa Rosa|
|4. Pisinemo||9. Vaya Chin|
|5. San Lucy|
The Nutrition Services are divided into three areas. Where there is one Cook in each area which is the North Area which is (Santa Rosa, Florence, ChuiChu,). West Area, (Gu-Vo, Pisinemo, Vaya Chin,). And the Sells Area, which provides meals for four areas (Sells Area, Outer Sells, East Area, and South area,). And for San Lucy, San Xavier areas their Districts provide their Senior Service Staff of Cooks, Cook Aids, and Drivers.to have congregate meals prepared and transport elders to their centers.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The family Caregiver Support Program operates under the Division of Senior Services consists of one Tribal Caregiver Program Coordinator who works closely with Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona to meet required guidelines of the program. The program Provides Training, Educational Information for unpaid Caregivers and refers unpaid caregivers to other HHS Departments, TON Health Care and other entities (Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, AHNF, TOCC etc.). The Family Caregiver support Program provides information, referrals and provide training for unpaid Caregivers to take care of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s elders, fifty-five (55) and older, or a caregiver of a mentally challenged individuals and Foster Grandchildren.
ARIZONA LONG TERM CARE SYSTEMS
ALTCS Case Managers continued to authorize medical services, authorized the purchase/rental of durable medical equipment (DME), facilitate transportation, behavioral health services and obtain medical supplies and network with other service providers (TODHHS, Area Clinics) to ensure that client’s needs are met. Program Performance Measures were met with some quarters that exceeded the goal; all measures entailed case manager responsibilities and duties to that of their client in identifying, planning, obtaining and monitoring appropriate and cost-effective medical and medically related services; including relying on Health Transportation Services as the preferred non-emergency medical transport source.
Provides recreational, educational, social activities and social opportunities to any individual fifty-five (55) years or older to improve their quality of life. Recreational activities include but not limited to Bingo, arts and crafts, informational presentations, healthy food demos, outings on and off the Nation, Healthy O’odham Promotion Program (HOPP), Nation’s Recreation centers, Community Health Representative (CHR) and Public Health Nurse (PHN). To continue services to the Nation’s elders on healthy living and physical activities that accommodates all elders. Outings that provide social interaction and presentation that the elders can benefit from personally and use every day.
ADULT CARE PROGRAM
The Adult Care Program serves elders 55 and over, vulnerable adults and disabled with assistance in applying for the Arizona Long Term Care program. We provide homemaker services and identify other social service needs needed by the client. The goal of the Adult Care Program is to assist our clients to live at home safely and securely for as long as possible with our assistance. People who are eligible for these services are those who live on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, living alone or whose family is gone throughout the day who are unable assist the elder during the day. Services are provided two hours once a week on a scheduled basis.
• Transportation – to pay bills, shopping in Sells, Tucson and Casa Grande
• Light chores, light cooking
• Welfare checks
• Case Management services for ALTCS clients and those applying for ALTCS
• Congregate Meals through 9 sites located across the Nation
• Home Deliver Meals (please call Senior Services for delivery availability)
• Informational presentations, general health checks through CHR’s, health promotion through HOPP
Dennis Parra, Program Manager