The meals-on-wheels program provides 250 meals each year to qualifying homebound seniors throughout Beauregard Parish and we are proud to partner with United Way for this program. We are also supported through monthly donations from Grace Church's Loaves & Fishes Ministry and Calvary Baptist Church in Merryville. Meals are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. The meal deliveries also give our route drivers the chance to complete a wellness check for these vulnerable seniors. In 2021, we served over 36,000 Meals-on-Wheels to Beauregard Parish seniors.
The congreagate meal service is a daily lunch served at two locations in DeRidder. The congregate meal time allows seniors to visit, play cards, and have a hot, nutritious meal together with other seniors. In 2021, we served over 11,000 congregate meals to our seniors. Please call ahead to make a reservation for this service.
The transportation service provides rides at no cost for seniors to go to doctor appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other stops that provide for the basic needs of seniors. In 2021, we provided over 3,000 trips to our seniors. Our transportation service is offered Monday-Friday from 8:00-3:00. Appointments must be made in advance.
The caregiver respite & sitter service provides 96 hours of in-home care to a qualifying caregiver. A caregiver is someone who resides with a senior and provides 24 hour care to that senior. In 2021, we provided over 1,800 hours of respite care for our seniors through our partnership with Companion Care.
The material aid program provides medical equipment such as: walkers, wheelchairs, bedside potty chairs, shower chairs, canes, adult diapers, bed pads and other necessities to enrich the quality of life of our seniors. In 2021, we provided over 1,500 items to our seniors. We also gladly accept donations of lightly used medical equipment that we will use to support this program.
The legal aid program provides access to legal representation ensuring justice for all, with a focus on seniors with fixed or low incomes. Legal aid covers a variety of issues including: bankruptcy, housing grievances, small succession, child custody, wills, power of attorney, and many more. In 2021, we provided over 56 hours of legal assistance to our seniors through our partnership with Acadiana Legal Services.
The recreation programs provide opportunities for seniors to participate in social activities including: cards, exercise class, quilting class, wellness class, BINGO, and various day trips. Please call us at 463-6578 to find out more information about any of these activities.
The visitation program was created in 2003 through our partnership with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Senior Care Unit. The goal of the program is to provide deputies with the opportunity to make personal visits with Beauregard Parish senior citizens at their residences in an effort to address the seniors’ safety, security and general well-being. Our current deputies are: Billy Spikes, Dewey Wright, and Ebbie Perkins. In 2021, these deputies provided over 600 wellness checks to our seniors.