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January 30, 2019

Top Free and Low Cost Senior Programs in Bellflower, CA

The city of Bellflower Parks and Recreation Department offers a myriad of activities for the seniors in their community. Please note that these services and activities are accurate at the time of writing this post but we suggest you call the Bellflower Recreation Department at (562) 804-1424 to confirm all dates and times.

Services

Senior Nutrition Program (donation of $2.25)

The Human Services Association provides low cost and nutritious meals served cafeteria style at 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday, in rooms 3 and 4 at Simms Park. Please call between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM to make reservations in advance.

Meals on Wheels (donation of $3.00, requires registration)

For those who are confined to their home due to health programs, the Human Services Association will deliver low-cost meals directly to your home. To register, call (562) 806-5400.

Dial a Ride (55+, $.50 per ride within Bellflower city limits)

Dial a Ride provides curb-to-curb transportation and operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance. Call (562) 865-7433 to reserve a ride.


Recreational Activities

Thompson Park Senior Club (free)

Socialize, play games, bingo, cards and more, with other senior members of your community. This club meets every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in rooms A and B at Thompson Park.

Free Senior Gameroom (free)

Play billiards, table tennis, or your favorite board or card games with other seniors at Thompson Park. Please call for current schedule, (562) 866-8614.

Senior Exercise ($1 per meeting)

Meets each Monday, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Simms Park. This low impact fitness class focuses on stretching, cardiovascular conditioning and relaxation techniques.

Weight Room ($1 per visit)

A full weight room at Thompson Park Aquatic Center including treadmills, exercise cycles, and stair climbers are available. Staff are available to show proper use of equipment. Please call the Bellflower Aquatic Center for session days and times at (562) 866-2015.

Thompson Park Aquatic Center ($1 per visit)

Open to novices to accomplished swimmers…even non-swimmers! Water walkers and aquatic exercisers are welcome in the shallow end of the pool. Patrons may also use the weight room (same session only), at no additional cost. Please call the Bellflower Aquatic Center for session days and times at: (562) 866-2015.

Thompson Park Oil Painting Club (free)

Work on your own projects alongside other painting enthusiasts every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Room C at Thompson Park. Call (562) 866-8614 for more information.

Thompson Park Quilts of Valor Club (own sewing machine required)

Help create quilts for our military veterans. Fabric, patterns, and kits are available for use. Hand stitchers and volunteer quilters are welcome! Meets every Thursday from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Rooms A and B at Thompson Park. For more information call (562) 925-7673.

Matinee Mondays (55+, free)

Enjoy a free movie and light refreshments at 12:30 PM on the last Monday of every month at Simms Park Auditorium. No pre-registration required

Adult and Senior Excursions (variable fee)

Bus excursions with different activity levels are always being added. Past excursions include Danish Days at Solvang, Pauma Casino, and Pechanga Casino. Call (562) 866-8614 for current excursions and to register.

Free and Low Cost Senior Programs in Bellflower, CA

January 29, 2019

Home Instead Awarded for Best Customer Service by Newsweek Magazine

Home Instead Senior Care has been named to Newsweek magazine’s inaugural list for America’s Best Customer Service 2019.

The evaluation was based on the Net Promoter Score* (50% of the final score) which is the likelihood of recommendation, and five evaluation criteria (50% of the final score). The five criteria for the award are:

  1. Quality of communication: measures whether the contact (via e-mail, telephone or face to face) was friendly or polite.
  2. Technical competence: measures the quality of information received and whether questions were answered correctly and in sufficient detail.
  3. Range of services: measures whether one’s personal expectations and requirements were fulfilled.
  4. Customer focus: measures whether a personal concern/requirement was addressed with a tailored/specific solution.
  5. Accessibility: measures the availability of customer service in a shop or on a helpline.
    *Net Promoter, NPS et Net Promoter Score are registered trademarks of SatmetrixSystems, Inc., Bain & Company, and Fred Reichheld.

“This award shines a light on the unparalleled dedication to excellence of Home Instead CAREGivers, franchise owners, key players and home office team members as we continue our journey of enhancing the lives of aging adults and their families,” said Jeff Huber, president and CEO of Home Instead, Inc.

January 23, 2019

What is respite care?

Respite care is temporary care for the primary caregivers of a senior or disabled person. It provides relief for the main caregiver or caregivers which, in turn, will allow them to provide better care when they return.

One example of respite care is when a husband is the primary caregiver for his wife. If the husband has an appointment or needs to take a break from caregiving, Home Instead Senior Care can provide care in his place while he is gone.

Respite care is an important part of a family’s caregiving plan. Many seniors rely on the help of their family members for their caregiving needs. Incorporating respite care helps relieve the stress associated with providing care. It also allows for the caregiver to take time for themselves to recharge, handle personal tasks or go on vacation. Respite care supports the caregiver and the senior in need.

We provide respite care in Downey, Bellflower, Bell, and the surrounding cities. For more information about our services or to schedule a free, no obligation consultation, call us at (562) 401-0010 or through our contact form.

What is respite care?

January 19, 2019

Signs your aging parent needs a caregiver

In most cases, an aging parent won’t be the one to reach out to their children or family members for help. Many seniors will try to continue to live their life as usual despite their hardships. Instead, their children need to be on the lookout for key events that signal their parent needs assistance.

A few signs to be aware of are:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion when doing normal tasks
  • Mail, paperwork, or food that piles up
  • Unable to do basic tasks like using the bathroom
  • Not keeping up with their hygiene
  • When driving becomes difficult and you notice dents or scratches on the car
  • Mood swings and attitude changes
  • Broken appliances
  • Weight loss and/or poor diet
  • No longer interested in hobbies or socializing
  • Home and/or yard is cluttered, dirty, unorganized, and unkempt
  • Bruising they can’t explain

These are all indications that it may be time to enlist the help of an in-home caregiver to help mom or dad. It’s important to note that in most cases, your parent can still live at home and age in place. They may just need a caregiver to help with a few tasks that have become harder for them to accomplish.

Home Instead Senior Care offers personalized in-home senior care that is tailored for each individual to provide as little or as much support as they need. Our services range from personal care, companionship, 24-hour care, live-in care, Dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions care, respite care, and more. For more information, please contact us through our online form or call us at (562) 401-0010.

Signs My Aging Parent Needs Help

January 16, 2019

Best Senior Activities in Downey, CA

Staying physically active and socially engaged in your later years helps one live a longer and more well-rounded life. Unbeknownst to many, most cities have a variety of services available for the seniors in their community. The city of Downey offers a plethora of engaging recreational activities at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.

Fitness Center

After completing a mandatory 1-hour orientation, seniors 50 years and older are welcome to use the fitness center. Seniors are able to utilize both aerobic and weight training machines. Available equipment includes treadmills, stationary bicycles, a leg press machine, step machine, and free weights. The fitness room is open Monday to Saturday. Call the center at (562) 904-7223 for the most current operating hours.

Billiards Room

The Billiards Room has three full-size billiards tables and pool sticks available for use anytime the senior center is open. During the summer, tournaments are held for beginner and advanced levels.

Cafe Quil

Cafe Quil at the Barbara J. Riley Senior Center consists of themed dinners and live entertainment held at various times during the year. Dinner tickets are $5 per senior and must be purchased in advance. The parties are from 5 PM to 7 PM. For upcoming dates and events, call 562-904-7223.

Computer Lab and Library

The computer lab is open during normal operating hours and is furnished with six computers and two printers (bring your own paper). The library has a small selection of books that include large print, Spanish, and reference.

Weekly Movie

The movie of the week is shown in the TV room at 9 AM and 1 PM on Wednesdays.

Board Games, Trivia, Cards, and Puzzles

On Thursday and Friday afternoons (call (562) 904-7223 for current times) get together to play your favorite game or put together a new puzzle. Board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, and more are available. Games and puzzles such as Sudoku and Rummikub are up for grabs as well.

Chess and Checkers

If you fancy a one-on-one game of chess or checkers, drop in and play a game or two every Monday and Friday from 1 PM to 5 PM.


Please note that these services and activities are accurate at the time of writing this post but we suggest you call the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center at (562) 904-7223 to confirm all dates and times. 

Best Free Senior Activities in Downey, CA