Tom Leach, Program Manager
1690 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Office: (863) 462-5180
To provide residents of Okeechobee County age 60 and above access to resources, activities and assistance necessary to promote mental and physical well-being, preserve independence and to improve their quality of life through Case Management, in-home supportive services, home-delivered meals and the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center, thereby enabling them to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization as long as it is safely possible. (Brochure)
The services we provide through Okeechobee Senior Services address two distinct need groups among seniors age 60 and above in our county.
The first we address through the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. The programming at the Senior Center attracts Seniors, age 60 and above who can still take care of themselves, and who are still driving or able to use community transportation to get to and from the Senior Center. It provides for the nutritional, emotional, physical, and mental needs of these Seniors through various activities including socialization opportunities, games, music, exercise, nutritionally balanced meals, informative speakers, and much more. We hope that by participating in the activities at the Senior Center these Seniors will be able to maintain their independent living status longer.
The second group we address through the in-home supportive services. We provide these services to Seniors who are no longer able to live alone safely without some assistance with normal daily activities. These Seniors are no longer able to accomplish basic homemaking tasks, or basic personal care tasks without assistance. They may be homebound and no longer able to do their own shopping or to prepare balanced, nutritious meals. We hope that by helping these frail Seniors with in-home supportive services they may be able to remain safely in their homes longer, (where most prefer to stay), and avoid unnecessary institutionalization.