The Independent Living Program

Do you need respite care? Temporary relief from caring for your homebound loved one? Do you need information about where to go for help with medical care, food stamps or transportation? Would you like to volunteer to help frail, elderly citizens? The Independent Living Program can help.

About Us
The Independent Living Program provides Respite Care Services, Volunteer Support Services and Educational/Service Events to low and moderate income senior citizens 60 years of age and over to prevent premature institutionalization or elder abuse.

In-home respite care
If you are a primary caregiver who wants and needs time off, relief can be provided. Temporary in-home respite (relief) for primary caregivers of elderly persons is available. In-home respite services are also available for persons 60 years of age and over living in the Northside of Jacksonville and elsewhere who do not have support from family or friends and require some assistance in remaining in or taking care of their home.

Group day respite
To improve and assist with independence and quality of life group activities are offered at senior centers:
a four or more hour per week, daytime respite program for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia.
clients enjoy 4 or more hours of activities at a Senior Center
transportation and health screening may be arranged
Special RELIEF - Respite for the Elderly Living in Everyday Families
Special day and event respite for caregiving families to include weekend, evenings, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Also provides respite for family members attending caregiver training sessions.

Caring volunteers
Volunteers of all ages from more than 60 church congregations in the community come together with the homebound elderly for meaningful and supportive relationships. Neighbors helping neighbors, people reaching out to others with love and concern are volunteers who provide helpful services. Volunteer services may include:
friendly visiting
grocery shopping
escorting
telephone reassurance
transportation
household and yard chores
reading of mail
networking, linking and advocating on behalf of clients with other social service and health care providers
Senior Companions
Senior Companions are low income citizens, 60 years of age or over, whose day-to-day assistance helps their peers maintain the highest possible level of independent living.

Training opportunities
Volunteers, senior companions and respite care workers receive the following training: orientation and specialized training, continuous in-service seminars, workshops on issues of aging and caregiving.

Transportation
Transportation may be arranged for the frail elderly through the Independent Living Program. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) offers free transit service to persons 60 years of age and better with a Transit Identification Card, available at the Mary L. Singleton Senior Center, 150 East First Street. Call 630-0995. JTA's Paratransit Service is available for disabled persons who need transportation within JTA's routes.

Cost
There is no fee for services. Donations are welcome.

Volunteer opportunities
Are you willing to share your kindness, friendliness, patience and understanding with someone who needs it? Can you donate or share some of your time each week to visit an elderly person in your neighborhood?
Call 630-0966.

Sponsorship and funding is provided by the ElderSource, Department of Elder Affairs, the Brookdale Foundation and a Community Development Block Grant with matching funds from the City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Services Department, Adult Services Division.

Joan Turner
Program Manager
(904) 630-0966 phone
(904) 630-0953 fax
e-mail: JoanT@coj.net
Independent Living Program
Emmett Reed Community Center
1093 West 6th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
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