San Antonio is growing quickly in commerce, housing, and population. Part of the population boom is attributable to a flock of “Winter Texans” who are finding out what a lovely place San Antonio is to retire. San Antonio has an interesting local culture that is highly influenced by Spanish and Native American peoples. The River Walk is a peaceful place for an afternoon walk along the river. The Alamo is adjacent to the River Walk and it’s another site to take in some history and local culture. Here are some of the services that San Antonio provides its seniors.
City of San Antonio provides a variety of services to meet the needs of San Antonio seniors. The city operates many senior centers, which are the best place to check for assistance with care management, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, and other social entertainment and activities.
Jefferson Outreach is a non-profit organization that is entirely supported by donations from churches, individuals, foundations, and grants. The program works diligently to help seniors remain in their homes and communities. Jefferson Outreach has a small, but dedicated staff that helps seniors with meals, delivering groceries, transportation, home repair, lawn care, and well check-ins. The program also encourages seniors to get together for Lunch Bunch activities.
Caring Senior Service employs professionally trained caregivers for respite and personal care needs. This agency also provides transportation and errands, meal preparation, companionship, medication reminders, respite care, and light housekeeping. The program responds to emergency requests and same day service, as necessary.
Bexar Area Agency on Aging offers different programs for benefits counseling, care coordination, caregiver support, information referral and linkage to other services, nutrition, protection, and transportation. Seniors can also learn more about the Alamo Service Connection, which is a database with information about Medicare, Social Security, legal assistance, housing options, help with home repairs, and assistance with utility and other household expenses.
The Salvation Army of San Antonio provides services for all populations, including senior citizens. The Salvation Army of San Antonio provides educational classes, adult day care programs, meals, and pre-retirement seminars. The Salvation Army also has a visiting program called the Community Care Ministries, where volunteers make visits to seniors to alleviate suffering and offer companionship. The program also hosts camp facilities where seniors can enjoy spending time in nature for a full week, or just for an occasional weekend.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) supports people who are aging with licensed providers and programs. Some of the services include caregiver support, adult day programs, meal services, educational programs, vocational services, hospice and long-term care services, transitional care, personal care, medical needs, home modification, and transportation. Many of the programs that DADS oversees also provide recreational and social activity programs for seniors.
Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio provides social activities for San Antonio seniors including therapy dog events, intergenerational events, guest speakers, card games, and outings to the theater. Seniors can participate in single events and ongoing activities and transportation is provided.
The variety of senior services in San Antonio is as wide and diverse as the senior population that it serves. Public and private transportation helps seniors take care of all of their needs, including getting to social activities.
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