Anyone 60 & older can come to the Center for lunch, activities, and to meet with the case manager. HPC’s transportation and case management home visits are only available to seniors living in East End, Hyde Park, Madisonville, Mount Lookout, Oakley, O’Bryonville, and South Norwood.
Social Work Services
Social work case management is an important part of Hyde Park Center’s (HPC) mission to help seniors stay safely independent in their own homes.
About 44% of HPC’s social services clients have incomes under the poverty level, and 64% are disabled. Case management by HPC’s licensed counselor can help older adults through issues with isolation, physical and cognitive problems, lack of support system, inadequate income and unsafe living conditions.
HPC’s counselor provides one-on-one assistance in seniors’ homes helping them find the services they need. She gets to know her clients and their family members personally. The HPC counselor acts as an official representative of the client when necessary, for example, when someone needs to visit the office of Job & Family Services.
Case management services may include:
- Assistance with obtaining services necessary to maintain independent living, such as housekeeping and personal care.
- Monitoring mail, helping with banking and paying bills for confused or sight-impaired people;
- Advocacy with landlords, insurance claims, and other debt situations.
- Acting as authorized representative to help people obtain and retain essential government assistance such as Food Stamps, Medicaid and Medicare.
- Counseling and intervention for individuals and families; interpretation for a person (particularly with a hearing impairment) in order to access other services; assisting during appointments.
The first step in obtaining professional case management is a phone call to Susan, HPC’s Director of Social Services, at 513-321-6816. Susan will set a time to meet and assess needs and provide more information about this vital service.
Nutrition is crucial to the health and vitality of seniors. HPC’s lunch program provides older adults with a balanced, “home-cooked” meal in a clean, lively environment.
People who are no longer able to safely cook at home or who want to interact with others come to HPC for a meal and friendship.
HPC’s lunch program assures that seniors have a freshly prepared, well balanced meal. Lunch is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Participants who live in HPC’s service area may be transported to meals. Lunch is prepared on site and served by volunteers. After lunch, participants usually stay for a wellness or learning activity.
Volunteers serve meals to tables seating four that allow for intimate socializing in the bright dining room. The meals are served on sturdy china, with paper placemats and centerpieces to add to the homestyle atmosphere of the dining room. The table service by volunteers enables the meal program to be very accessible to older adults with mobility problems.
Anyone in Greater Cincinnati can join us for lunch. Based on federal funding guidelines, there is no set fee for lunch for seniors, but HPC does ask for a contribution of $5.00 for those 60 years and older to help underwrite the program cost. Those younger than 60 years old are charged $8.00 per meal.
HPC provides safe, on-time individualized transportation to people 60+ years old who live in our seven-neighborhood eastside service area: East End, Hyde Park, Madisonville, Mt. Lookout, Oakley, O’Bryonville and South Norwood. Transportation is available to the doctor, dentist, business appointments and back and forth to HPC.
The lack of safe, easily accessible and affordable transportation leaves some older adults isolated from vital services and from social contact. This isolation can lead to a decline in health and a higher risk of going in to a nursing or rehab facility.
Of those who benefit from HPC’s transportation, 76% are considered economically disadvantaged, and 49% live at the poverty level.
Based on federal funding guidelines, we do not charge for transportation. We do ask for donations to help cover program costs. The suggested contribution is $3-$10.00, depending on the distance driven.
HPC’s drivers are trained in safe driving practices and recognizing conditions of concern in the seniors they see. The drivers get to know clients one-on-one. Client’s families grow to trust HPC to transport their loved ones safely and on time. We pride ourselves on safety, promptness and attention to the well-being of our passengers. Participant surveys consistently praise the kindness and courtesy of our staff. Additionally, all drivers take a driver training course every three years and maintain first aid and CPR certification.
Success in this program has a far-reaching effect not only for older adults but their families as well. As older relatives become more dependent, caregiving employees find it increasingly difficult to manage.
Wellness and Learning
Center programming that provides forums for socialization and wellness is an integral part of the overall health and well-being of the seniors we serve. All of the older adults who come to HPC for wellness activities–100%–say they had opportunities to make friends and interact with others.
Establishing healthy habits helps keep seniors alert, focused and free from loneliness when done in groups. Studies have shown that ongoing physical and mental activities can lessen an older person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s and similar disorders. For example, for every mile a person walks each day, the risk of cognitive decline may drop by 13%. Research also shows that habitual healthy activities can significantly decrease depressive symptoms and reduce restricted activity days (source: seniorjournal.com).
HPC plans, publicizes, and facilitates senior center activities stressing wellness and learning. Many programs are conducted by volunteers, and most take place onsite in our historic building.
Wellness and learning activities include:
- Daily exercise classes, including yoga and chair exercise.
- Classes and discussion groups such as book reviews and creative writing classes.
- Speakers on a wide variety of topics including health education.
- Constructive activities like arts and crafts, sewing, genealogy.
- Games: card games, pool, dominoes, Peruvian frog game.
- Parties, musical and cultural entertainment, movies, day trips, shopping trips.
- Milestone celebrations: veterans, people over age 90, couples married over 50 years.
Anyone in the greater Cincinnati area may come to HPC for activities and educational opportunities. Most opportunities are offered free of charge. Some may require a fee for instructors or class supplies. See the monthly activities calendar for a full schedule of activities and classes, or call 513-321-6816 for more information.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati provides partial funding for this program.
Center programs are supported in part by