About Us

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer services not provided by other agencies for homebound, frail and geographically isolated individuals.  Our programs provide independence, improve quality of life, and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

 

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Many of the Senior Council clients are referred to our organization by social service agencies, police departments and the courts.  Our clients typically have no one else in their lives to care for them.  The Senior Council protects their finances, oversees their bill paying needs and, when necessary, finds them a safe, clean place to live.  The Council staff then check on each client on a regular basis for as long as they need us.

 

Overseen by a board of community volunteers, we are committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Oregon.  We charge a small fee for our services but many of our clients don’t have the ability to pay.  In those cases, we rely on donations, grants and fundraising events to provide the support needed.

 

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We serve on average 750 unduplicated clients annually, 75 percent are women and
70 percent are at, or below 150% of the federal poverty level. We offer guardianship diversion and guardianship/conservatorship programs.

 

Every day 8,000 Americans turn 60 years old and the 85+ year old population is the fastest growing segment, needing the most services. Estimates are that one out of every six seniors will be a victim of financial exploitation and one out ten will be abused or neglected.  One in every eight adults in the U.S. ages 35-64 has a disability and 67% have experienced physical abuse.

 

It is also estimated that for every case of abuse that is reported another five to six go unreported. More than 12,000 cases of suspected abuse were investigated in the State of Oregon last year, with nearly 70% of them substantiated. The statistics are sobering when you consider that your own grandmother or your younger disabled sister may be one of those statistics.

 

Early and low cost interventions are the most practical and preferred. Our services delay or prevent the need for more costly interventions, such as adjudication. They also help to preserve our clients’ dignity, promote independence to every extent possible, and enhance the quality of their lives, everything that this most at-risk and vulnerable population deserves.

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