Shawnee Health Service recognizes Older Americans Month
Shawnee Health Service proudly joins the Administration for Community Living in celebrating Older Americans Month. For 57 years, Older Americans Month has been a special time to recognize the contributions of older adults in our communities. OAM also provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent. Shawnee Alliance, the social services division of Shawnee Health Service, is proud to support and advocate for older adults to help them maximize their independence and remain in the community.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults need our attention and support more than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, older adults seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Older adults should stay home as much as possible to reduce their risk of getting sick. Shawnee Alliance received a grant from the Illinois Department on Aging to assist older adults 60+ with unmet needs related to COVID-19 and isolation. Older adults 60+ in Shawnee Alliance’s 18-county service area are eligible for this assistance. Requests can be submitted by calling Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773.
Shawnee Alliance provides a variety of services to support older adults and their caregivers. These services include Comprehensive Care Coordination, Adult Protective Services, Family Caregiver Services, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, “Choice for Care,” Community Care Program, Volunteer Money Management Program, Transition Program for Hospital Inpatients and Nursing Home Residents, Aging Resource Centers, and many others.
Since its inception in 1971, Shawnee Health Service has worked to improve the health and welfare of southern Illinois residents through the promotion, development and administration of quality, comprehensive health and social services. Shawnee Health Service believes that quality health care is a right, and continuously strives to ensure that patients receive the highest quality health care without regard to age, race, religion, sex, financial status, or where they live.
Shawnee Health Service is continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of our commitment to our patients and clients who count on us for their safety and wellbeing.