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					Senior Isolation:
  A Community
   Approach
  Social Isolation: Issues and Needs
 The literature reveals that social isolation is a serious threat to
  the well-being of our seniors, and that intervention is necessary.
  One assumption that can be made is that seniors who are
  isolated are not aware of services that are available to assist
  them in taking part in their communities.
 Another assumption to make is that there is a lack of effort in
  reaching out to these isolated seniors – which would lend to the
  need of outreach aimed specifically at these isolated seniors
 Let us also assume that since isolation is a problem in certain
  neighborhoods of Tarrant County, that these neighborhoods
  are not united in an effort to serve their seniors who are
  isolated. This leads to the conclusion that a neighborhood task
  force of sorts is needed to rally efforts to serve the people close
  in proximity to one another.
         Stakeholders
 Isolated seniors
 Capacities
   Many seniors are facing isolation - they
    are not alone in their struggle.
   Many isolated seniors in a concentrated
    area - close in proximity.
   Wealth of knowledge and life
    experience to lend in making a decision
    for the best intervention.
         Stakeholders
 Neighborhoods: sansom Park and
  Western Hills
 Capacities
   Large number of people to be involved
   Family involvement
   Close to seniors in the neighborhood
   Already have relationships / familiarity
    with Seniors - trust may already be
    present
   Commitment
       Stakeholders
 Local Businesses
 Capacities
  Financial Stability and Economic
   Growth - ability and motivation to
   contribute
  Human resources - ability to
   contribute volunteers
        Stakeholders
 Local Organizations and Churches
 Capacities
   Established
   Seek to serve / are already serving
    people in the area
   Knowledge about area
   Knowledge about seniors
   Knowledge about Services available to
    seniors
      Stakeholders
 Volunteers
 Capacities
  Motivated
  Committed to the cause
  No cost for services
  Experience and Knowledge about
   services/agencies/seniors
  Leadership skills
            Options
 Case Management
  See seniors at home visits, assess
   isolation, make referrals as
   needed
  Clients can call in, refer other
   clients, family can refer clients
  Visiting clients combined with
   referrals to other services may
   reduce isolation
            Options
 Volunteer-based intervention
  Volunteers visit clients in home
  Call clients on a weekly basis to
   ensure client is safe / healthy
  Volunteers update agency
   sponsoring intervention as to
   clients’ well-being
            Options
 Neighborhood task Force
  Get neighborhood involved in
   identifying clients
  NTF to meet to delegate
   responsibilities in meeting client
   needs
  NTF to report issues to city
   officials, local agencies if needed
              Options
 Web-based community
   Login for community members, seniors,
    volunteers, agencies
   Educational information about
    isolation, neighborhood, services
   Volunteer opportunities
   Referring a client
   Blog for agencies to report on services
    available, services given to clients,
    client status (security level high)
   Reports on client satisfaction /
    isolation level available
Questions
   or
Comments
       Recommendation
 Combination of services
 Partner agencies willing to cooperate
  with neighborhood task force
 Meet as a group to discuss needs
 Set up web-based community and train
  users
 Train caseworkers to document online
 Survey monkey for volunteer
  satisfaction, senior isolation scale, case
  notes, services administered by NTF

				
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