Green Cove Springs, Fla. --The Council on Aging of Clay County is extremely excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on September 27, 2011 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. for the expansion and renovation of the Green Cove Springs, center and administrative offices.
The new center will be called Spring House. It is an exciting time for all of Clay County and will greatly benefit our seniors.
The population of Clay County is now approximately 190,865 and one out of every five citizens is over the age of sixty with this number growing daily. The demand for services is greater than ever and with the present economy our services will become more important every year.
This agency is a private, nonprofit charitable organization chartered for the purpose of providing supportive services to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens, sixty years of age and over. The agency 's mission is to maximize opportunities for self-sufficiency and personal independence of Clay County elders to plan, advocate and administer programs and policies that assure accessible, responsive and comprehensive services and long term care. Our services ensure that Clay County seniors live with dignity and independence.
The Council on Aging oversees four local centers which are located in Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, Middleburg and Keystone Heights. They offer a friendly and safe place for seniors to go and socialize, have companionship, entertainment and participate in various activities, play games, and listen to educational presentations to keep seniors informed. Such interaction has been shown to improve quality of life.
Every year the Council on Aging provides over 35,000 in our centers. Our Meals on Wheels program delivers over 45,000 meals to homebound seniors. The meals are nutritious and served to seniors in the county who otherwise may not have a hot meal that day.
Home Care is available to encourage the provision of care for elders in family-type living arrangements as an alternative to institutional care. In home services are provided and case managers identify specific needs of our clients and coordinate services to meet those needs. Paid staff members provide services such as companionship, reading, light housekeeping and certified nursing assistants are available to assist with bathing and other activities of daily living.
The Dementia/Alzheimer Disease Initiative provides case management respite services for clients whether in the client's home or in the Adult Day Health Care Facility. The Council on Aging also provides a licensed Adult Day Care program in our Green Cove Springs Center for those with debilitating illness that need a therapeutic environment with supervision during the day.
The Council on Aging is the Community Transportation coordinator for Clay County. Over 80,000 medical trips are made annually. The Clay Transit assures mobility for those who because of physical or mental disability are unable to transport themselves to medical appointments or in-county shuttle connecting with JTA.
The agency also provides monthly commodity distribution/food to needy families and individuals in the county.
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