For over 40 years, Iona Senior Services has provided support to enable older people – whose numbers are greater now than at any time in history – to stay (and thrive) in their own homes. To respond to the growing needs of older adults, Iona offers a full range of services: adult day programs for some, coordination of in-home and out-of-home services for others; community programs like group meals, fitness classes, visual art and creative writing courses, recreational activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, and meal delivery and volunteer companionship for those who are homebound. The Deborah Blum Client Care Fund helps support seniors whose families can't afford even the most modest fees. Someone's mother, someone's father: your support can make the difference.
Iona’s vulnerable clients have significant needs, so a food pantry that also includes cleaning and household supplies has expanded and Iona helps clients enroll in the emergency home-delivered meals program and makes available additional food resources. (Microwaves, too, are essential for delivered frozen meals.) Because clients suffer from anxiety and loneliness, programming has expanded to include a more active helpline, clinical case management, support groups, and virtual classes. The focus is on staying safe while meeting needs and combating the urgent issue of social isolation.