The primary focus of Fort Bend Seniors is the Meals on Wheels program. Fort Bend Seniors served more than 370,000 meals in 2019, and this number continues to rise due to increased need in our region. This program currently includes two types of meal services due to Covid-19: frozen home-delivered meals and emergency shelf-stable meals. Before the pandemic we served hot home-delivered meals, emergency shelf stable meals, and hot congregate meals.
Meals on Wheels
Home-delivered meals 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. The average Meals on Wheels participant is 78 years old — a large majority being veterans or spouses of veterans — live alone and report needing assistance with at least two independent activities of daily living. 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. For these seniors, meals assistance is crucial. Over 62% of the seniors served by Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels — have household incomes under $15,000, and often in the homes of married couples, both seniors have health issues.
Congregate Centers – Closed Until Further Notice
Before Covid-19, we served one hot meal daily that meets 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, which are 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.
Activities at the senior centers include meals, nutrition education, age appropriate education, filed trips, arts and crafts, bingo, dancing, and holiday events, Veterans Day celebration, veteran recognition events, and etc. — all of which provide seniors the opportunity to socialize with those their own age, have fun, and enjoy the day. Additionally, those attending senior centers are provided with an important opportunity to visit with Fort Bend Seniors’ staff regarding additional needs and services.
If you are interested in participating in our congregate meal program or recreation activities post Covid, call Senior Center Coordinator Shonda Thomas at 281-633-7058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Fort Bend Seniors provided daily recreational opportunities for seniors who attend the congregate meal program. A monthly calendar of events is provided to seniors outlining upcoming recreational and social programs. Activities included field trips, arts, and crafts, bingo, exercise, dancing and holiday events giving seniors opportunity to socialize with their peers on a regular basis.
Fort Bend Seniors will provide round-trip transportation through Fort Bend Transit with their fleet of air conditioned, handicapped accessible vans, to each site location where a congregate meal program is available, at no cost to them. (Transportation is available through transportation vouchers or on an as needed basis).
Emergency Shelf-Stable Meals
Emergency shelf-stable meals are meals with a shelf life of one year that are delivered to seniors for use when home delivery is unavailable due to emergency weather conditions. Fort Bend Seniors provides five meals, twice per year to homebound and congregate participants. Emergency shelf-stable meals are also provided to seniors who find themselves in temporary emergency situations such as a recent discharge from the hospital or an unexpected change in a senior’s finances.
Fort Bend Seniors provided vital health screenings for seniors at their congregate sites pre-covid. The program included screenings for hearing, vision, depression and other senior-related health screenings on an annual basis. Nutrition education programs are also provided through this program.
Fort Bend Seniors provides individual, over the phone, assessments for determining seniors’ needs in the areas of social services, nutrition, and health care as well as their overall eligibility for our services. Once an assessment is completed, Fort Bend Seniors’ case managers will make referrals to various services depending on the senior’s needs, as well as providing FBS with the necessary information to be able to adequately serve the seniors in our community.
Information and Referral
Fort Bend Seniors maintains a database of important information relating to seniors and their needs. Vital information is provided to seniors in need of services and opportunities and referrals are coordinated by Fort Bend Seniors staff. For more information, please call 281-633-7049.