Senior  and Public Transportation 

National Family Caregiver Program

  • Provides services to the elderly in their home. Home Chore provides services designed to increase the safety of the individual through minor home modification and chore maintenance.
  • Homemaker services provide light housekeeping services for the elderly in their homes when they are not able to do activities of daily living themselves. They receive 2 hours a week of light housekeeping, laundry, minor cooking and errands as needed. 
  • Provides information, assistance, respite care, and supplemental services to the Caregiver who is taking care of their loved ones at home. We provide a hot home delivered meal for the caregiver to enjoy with their loved one.
  • We also provide a Carelink Button for their loved one to be used in case of an emergency such as a fall. This enables the Caregiver to be able to go to work, appointments, or shopping without worrying about the safety of the one they are caring for.

Programs

"Together We Can Make a Difference"

SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SHIP’s) provides Medicare counseling for clients who need information and assistance to understand Medicare. The information covers Medicare A, B, C, D and Medicare supplemental insurance.


ADULT RESOURCES FOR CARE AND HELP (ARDC) provides information and assistance, and options counseling for clients enabling them to remain independent as long as possible. ARDC provides ease of access, visibility, responsiveness, and effectiveness regarding information to services. ARDC is available to seniors age 60+ and adults 18+ with disabilities who need information about long-term support services or assistance accessing those services.


COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP) provides once a month delivery of a food box to low income seniors.  See attached page for me information.

  • Provides a Demand Response Transit service for area residents for senior meals and special events. Service hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Fri, and for prescheduled special events. Call dispatch at 970-677-2787.
  • 24-hour notice is requested to schedule rides. Scheduling of rides is determined on a first call basis.
  • Transportation is provided from Dove Creek to surrounding communities of Cahone, Egnar, Pleasant View, Cortez, and Durango in Colorado, and to Monticello and Moab in Utah, and to Farmington, New Mexico. In scheduling, medical access trips take precedence.
  • A set fare schedule for public clients and a suggested donation schedule for senior clients is provided. Medicaid transportation is also provided through cooperation with Social Services in identifying clients that qualify. The bus provides transportation 
  • Transportation provided as a Demand Response service. Service hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. And as prescheduled for special events. 

Outreach Services

  • Programs provide information, education, and support to its participants to encourage small lifestyle changes to improve the quality of life. Through a grant received from the Comprecare Foundation, there will be three, 6-week sessions. The classes are offered once a week for 2 ½ hours in the evening from 6:30-9:00. The classes are evidenced based programs developed by Stanford University. They are the Chronic Disease SelfManagement and Chronic Disease Self-Management for Diabetes classes. 

Dolores County Senior Services

Senior Nutrition Program

  • We also offer a case management program for Depression as a result of Chronic Disease called “Healthy Ideas”. “Healthy Ideas” was developed by the National Council on Aging. It provides information, education, and support through home visits to homebound clients. For more information about these classes and when they will be offered, please call Audrey at the Senior Center at 677-2787
  • The Health Promotion program also provides three exercise opportunities. The senior walk is held for one hour on Mon, Wed, and Fri at the Memorial Hall Gym from 9:00am to 10:00am in Dove Creek. There is transportation available for this. Please contact the Senior Center at 677-2787 for more information.
  • A bi-weekly stretching, strengthening, and balance class at Therapy Solutions follows the Chronic Disease Self-Management class in an effort to continue the healthy lifestyle changes resulting from the class
  • Hot, nutritious meals are home-delivered and served at thePioneer Center at 5pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cahone Rec Hall & Senior Center at 12:00 noon. A $3.00 per meal donation is suggested.
  • Frozen meals that consist of a frozen three part entree, and homemade bread, a dessert, and drink. To be provided on days when hot meals are not available.

 Health PromotionsProgram

Home Chore/Homemaker Program

  • Because being a Caregiver is demanding emotionally, physically, and financially we offer a Caregiver Forum and Provider Fair once a year, usually in the fall, at the Cortez Senior Center. This Forum brings professionals and Caregivers together in a daylong event. The professionals provide valuable information and education for the Caregiver. The Caregivers are encouraged to interact with the professionals and the providers gaining the support from the community they need to do the privileged work they do. As a follow-up and as continuing support for the Caregivers, we provide three Lunch & Learn sessions throughout the year, in December, March, and June, with a continuation of information, education, and support for the Caregivers.
  • We also are offering Tools for the Caregiver classes. These classes will be offered in April in Dove Creek, in May/June in Cortez and in August in Dove Creek. These classes will teach the caregiver to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. The classes will give the caregiver the tools to help reduce stress, communicate effectively with other family members, reduce guilt, anger, and depression, help the caregiver make tough decisions and set goals and problem solve. Each class participant will receive a book to accompany the class content. This book contains information on hiring in-home help, helping memory impaired elders, understanding depression, making legal and financial decisions, making decisions about driving, and making decisions about facility placement. The class sizes are limited, so if you would like to attend these classes, please call Audrey at the Senior Center at 562-4626. 
  • Includes a monthly newsletter that contains nutritional education, menu, and dietary analysis for the senior nutrition meal program.
  • It also includes articles that inform and encourage participation in the senior programs offered at the Senior Center. Senior Services Programs are also listed on the Dolores County Web Site and DCTV, local TV station.