Meals on Wheels
Homebound elderly who are unable to prepare a well balanced meal receive a daily hot noon meal prepared in our own kitchen. Optional and special services include frozen meals, cold evening sacks, for at-risk elderly, and emergency shelf staple meals. Eligibility requirements: client must be age 60 or older, cannot drive, and does not have the capability to prepare or to acquire daily nutritional meals. To learn more about this program call the main office at 989-797-6880.
Dining Senior Style Program
Nutritionally balanced tasty noontime meals are served at senior centers throughout the county. Evening meals at the Eleanor Frank Center are provided seasonally. Monthly menus are provided in our monthly newsletter. Centers provide special fitness programs, health related clinics, and pertinent educational programs plus social and recreational activities for participants.
Professional caseworkers provide assistance with a variety of needs, such as arrangements for in-home services, housing problems, financial concerns, and prescription help. Caseworkers assess needs and offer recommendations for home care.
Caregiver Support Program
Provides training, education and support services to family, friends, partners and neighbors who are caregivers. The caregiver or the person receiving the care must be at least 60 years of age to qualify for this program.
Care Management for Frail Elderly
An R.N. and Social Worker team provides a comprehensive needs assessment and assistance in arranging care for frail elders at risk of entering a nursing home.
Cell Phones for Seniors - FREE
- Free cell phones for seniors age 60+.
- Donated phones programmed to reach 911 in most geographic areas that provide 911 emergency service.
- Contact the main office or your caseworker for more information.
Door-to-door service to medical appointments, essential shopping, and other facilities. Rides must be prescheduled. Wheelchair lift service is available. Cost: $2.00 each way. To schedule a ride please call 989-797-6888.
Kinship Caregiver Support Program
Kinship Care Support Services offers assistance to adults aged 55 and over in Saginaw County who are raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other related minors can receive - case management services, information and referral, support groups, monthly newsletters, free educational and recreational events for the adults and children, emergency and respite care funds.
Foster Grandparent Program
Seniors age 55 or older, who meet income guidelines, receive a tax-exempt stipend and other benefits for volunteer work with special needs children in schools and day programs. Click to see more information on the FGP Program.
Emergency Food Assistance
Low income seniors may qualify for one-time assistance for food purchases.
Minority Outreach Program
Staff locates elderly persons in our community who may be requiring assistance with daily living requirements. Service provision by the agency's bi-lingual staff may be in the form of assisting with issues of housing, Medicare or Medicaid questions, and referral to community resources if appropriate.
In-Home Support Services Program
The In-Home Support Services Program provides assistance to elderly citizens who may need limited assistance with housekeeping and personal care assistance. Also, available through this program is limited respite care services for caretakers residing in the home.
The Commission on Aging helps seniors maintain an active and vital role throughout life by providing volunteer opportunities, such as delivering meals to home bound senior citizens, or assisting staff at senior centers and the transportation program. At the end of the year, those volunteers who have offered their services for at least 30 hours or more will be invited to a Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration which takes place every spring. In the fall the Meals on Wheels Volunteers enjoy the annual Meals on Wheels Picnic with good food, cake walks, raffles, prizes and more!
Saginaw County Dementia Advisory Board
The Saginaw County Commission on Aging is the sponsoring agency for the Dementia Advisory Board, which consists of service providers, caregivers, and community volunteers the goal of the Advisory Board is to improve the coordination of dementia services in Saginaw County, as well as providing community education relative to dementia.
Legal Consultation & Referral Clinics
The Commission on Aging serves as the host site for legal services provided by:
Lakeshore Legal Aid of Caro, MI for an appointment please call 1-866-552-2889.
- Seniors can meet with lawyers, at no charge, for consultation and referral.
A collaborative effort between the Saginaw County Commission on Aging and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department. This program is offered to Saginaw County residents, age 60 years and older, who are affected by severe forms of dementia related illnesses. It gives clients access to a transmitter bracelet that is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of people who have the tendency to wander.
The Commission on Aging depends on charitable contributions to meet special needs and expand services to older adults. Gifts given as memorials, tributes or bequests, wills and estates assure that the agency can meet emergency and special needs. The "Circle of Friends" is an opportunity to honor a loved one, companion, colleague or friend by making a contribution in his/her name. "Circle of Friends" memorials are acknowledged with an engraved plate on a plaque in the main lobby of the Frank Center. Planned giving through wills, trusts, life insurance and securities can offer the donor tax advantages as well as provide an opportunity to give.
The Commission on Aging also receives funds from:
Corporation for National & Community Service
County of Saginaw Senior Millage
Michigan Department of Transportation
National Food & Shelter Board
Region VII Area Agency on Aging
State of Michigan, Federal, State and Local Funding
Private Donations and Gifts