Kings County Government Center “Agriculture Department” 680 N. Campus Dr. Ste D Hanford, CA 93230 582-3211 ext 2828 Barbara M. Bravo Professor Cheryl Whittle Social Work 180
For many years senior citizens were an underserved population in the United States. Due to the Older American Act of 1965, Senior citizens now receive a wide array of services nationwide.This Act led the way for a well known Hanford resident Simon Lakritz and two of his friends to establish the Commission in Spring 1970.
The goal of the Kings County Commission on Aging is to provide information and referral service, offer assistance, support and advocate for the senior citizens of Kings County as prescribed and outlined in the Older Americans Act.
The Agency sets a very welcome and inviting atmosphere. The staff is sodedicated and passionate about their jobs. They work as a team to help eachother to complete whatever needs to be done to assist the client.The structure of the Agency is very simple due to the fact that there are only 7employees within the Agency.This largely is due to the Agency being a non-profit.Sharon DeMaster--- Agency DirectorDoris Skrinde---Chief Financial OfficerBobbie Wartson --- Senior Nutrition Centers are a place where seniors cancome have a nutritional meals for lunch Tuesday through Friday at a minimalcost. Along with the Meals on Wheels program for homebound seniors.Juanita Isidoro---Office Secretary
Scott Harvey(BSW) --- SAFE (Senior Access ForEngagement) is an outreach program designed to bringservices to seniors of Kings County having problemsaccessing services.Leticia Brice (BSW)---Long Term Care Ombudsmanprovides objective mediator to resolve problems in a skillednursing facilities.Maribel Martinez (BSW)--- Assist with Long Term CareOmbudsman, with FEMA money for utility assistance andhousing, Life Scan and home visits and evaluations, respitecare.
Kings View Mental Health ServicesAmerican Cancer Society-Transportation and medical needs.Hanford Community Medical Center-Crisis Button (service fee)Guide Dogs for the Blind-Guide Dogs.American Red Cross-Local Disaster Relief.Department of Motor Vehicles-ID Cards (service fee)Kings County Sheriffs Office-ARE YOU OKAY-Daily automatedphone call.Adult Protective Services (APS)IHSS Public AuthorityKings 211
Health and Home Care HousingGeneral Health Services Lemoore Senior HousingHouse Calls (Adventist H) Corcoran Senior HousingMental Health ServicesHome Medical products Armona and Huron SeniorHome Health Care HousingIHSS Mobile Home ParksSafety-Bar program Avenal Senior Housing(KCCOA) Hanford Senior HousingElectric Scooter Flagprogram (KCCOA) KCAO (housing program)
Finances and Emergency Senior Services andAssistance Personal Consultations Salvation Army Phone Pal St. Brigid’s Church Family Service Center Senior Visitor Corcoran Christian Aid Therapy Clothes Closet Community Action Organization Caregiver Support Groups Kings Co. Dept. of Human SAFE Services Public Guardian/Veterans Services Valley Caregiver Resource Women’s Shelter / United Center Way/Kings Connection KCCOA (EFSP)
Kings County Commission on Aging provides servicesto Kings County residents 60 years and older.Seniors that are homebound due to medical orphysical disabilities.Seniors who are of very limited resources that fallwithin the poverty level.
Social Work Values The agency offers to the best of their ability to help address the clients needs and concerns and assist them in receiving appropriate assistance. The Social Workers refers the seniors to appropriate resources if the services are unavailable within their own agency to assure that the seniors needs are meet.Social Justice The focus of the agency is dealing with seniors who are needing services to becoming more efficient in their homes and remain active citizens. That the senior will have a moreHuman Rights The agency tries to be as diverse in understanding the population and cultural to better serve their clients. They understand that aging population is very deep into cultural beliefs and tries to understand them. They are very understanding and respectful to the dignity and privacy of their clients when dealing with any concerns they have.
All the services provided within the agencies are free ofcharge.When referring a client out to services there can be aminimal charge.
Seniors enjoy a wealth of activities in Kings CountyLocal organizations do not have the funding for all of theservices they offerMany services are volunteer staff (559) 582-3211, ext. 2828