The primary focus of Fort Bend Seniors is the Meals on Wheels program. Fort Bend Seniors served almost 438,000 meals in 2020, an increase of 68,000 meals and this number continues to rise due to increased need in our region.
The program currently includes two types of meal services due to Covid-19: frozen home-delivered meals and emergency shelf-stable meals. Prior to the pandemic hot home-delivered meals and congregate meals were served daily.
Home-delivered meals currently include seven frozen meals weekly that meets at least 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of all nutrients required by adults for five or more days per week to seniors who are home bound.
Participants for the home-delivered meal program must be able to physically attend a senior center and be unable to safety prepare their own meals.
CONGREGATE CENTERS – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Prior to Covid-19, one hot meal was served daily that met at least 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of all nutrients required by adults provided in a group setting. These clients are now included in our home-delivery programs until our centers can safely reopen. Congregate meals were served at all 12 of Fort Bend Seniors’ senior centers, located throughout Fort Bend and Waller counties and along the Harris and Fort Bend County boundaries. Fort Bend Seniors provided congregate meals five days per week at 9 of the locations in Fort Bend and Waller counties.
OTHER CONGREGATE CENTER ACTIVITIES & SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Meals & nutrition education
- Daily recreational activities (field trips, arts, and crafts, bingo, exercise, dancing)
- Health screenings
- Field trips
- Round-trip transportation to those who qualify
RESPITE CARE – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
This program is designed for seniors in early to mid-stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s to socialize in a comfortable and safe environment. Our focus is to give loved ones and caregivers time back, providing an opportunity to rest or run errands. Caregivers have peace of mind knowing that they are leaving their loved ones in the hands of trained staff and volunteers, who will be actively engaged with them in fun activities. Lunch will be provided during the program.
Participants must be mobile, and able to communicate with our staff. Seniors with incontinence issues, serious aggression or wandering are not appropriate for this program.
A 2014 study found less than 25% of older adults have an emergency plan. Of those surveyed a quarter live alone and a third were disabled or in poor health. Our older population is most vulnerable in a time of crisis, so being prepared today means a faster response time and less stress in the future
Fort Bend Seniors delivers a hurricane pack of 5 emergency shelf-stable meals with a shelf life of one year and a complete hurricane kit to our senior clients prior to hurricane season. Sitting down with your loved one to work out a natural disaster plan gives you and your family peace of mind and reassurance they are prepared when an emergency occurs.