Our Programs for Seniors
MIFA’s senior programs are designed to promote independence, health, companionship, and dignity.
MIFA Meals on Wheels
This program, with the help of up to 100 volunteers, provides hot, nutritious lunches for homebound elderly and seniors at 15 congregate meal sites each weekday. MIFA’s largest program has been awarded the highest possible accreditation conferred by Meals on Wheels America.
Clients, who are homebound or at congregate sites, must be nutritionally at-risk seniors (age 60 and over) due to illness or disability and reside in Shelby County.
To be screened for eligibility for Meals on Wheels, call the Aging Commission of the Mid-South at (901) 222-4111.
To apply for congregate meals, you must complete an application in person at the site nearest you. Congregate sites are listed here.
MIFA Meals on Wheels served 409,442 meals to 3,204 seniors in FY16; of those clients, 1,097 received home-delivered meals, 1,224 were served at congregate sites, and 883 were added through the No Hungry Senior initiative.
- 98% eat healthier foods as a result of the program
- 96% believe the program helps them continue living in their own homes
- 90% believe the program helps to improve their health
Brighten the day of a homebound senior by delivering hot Meals on Wheels on weekday mornings.
Requirements: Each volunteer must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Volunteers should arrive at MIFA between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday to begin delivering meals. Each car will carry two coolers containing food items, and MIFA staff will provide directions through the meals route (to about ten clients’ homes). Delivering an entire route takes approximately two hours.
Click here for our volunteer handbook, or click here to download our training PowerPoint, narrated by Joe Birch. For more information, call (901) 529-4513.
Ben Coleman, Director of Operations | (901) 529-4549 | email@example.com
Angela Scott, Volunteer Coordinator | (901) 529-4513 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristi Estes, No Hungry Senior | (901) 529-4572 | email@example.com
The Transit program helps seniors get to and from doctors’ appointments, pharmacies, banks, government agencies, and congregate meal sites.
Clients must be Shelby County seniors (age 60 and over) with medical, nutritional, or counseling transportation needs.
In FY16, Transit drivers took 1,076 seniors on 27,772 trips to doctors’ offices, nutrition sites, and other essential destinations.
- 90% of surveyed clients feel more independent because of this service
- 87% get out of the house more often because of the program
- 68% believe the program helps them to stay in their own homes
Lee Maranise, Program Director | (901) 529-4520 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This program pairs low-income, able seniors with homebound, disabled, or critically ill peers, helping clients with activities of daily living and providing family caregivers much-needed respite. Companions are supervised and assigned to clients by local agencies, such as Memphis Housing Authority, Veterans Administration, Plough Towers, and Church Health.
Companions must be over age 55 and low-income, and complete 40-hour pre-service training. Clients from Shelby County are chosen by agencies who identify those with greatest need.
In FY16, the Senior Companion program’s 91 volunteers logged 65,920 hours while serving 448 clients.
When surveyed in FY16, 91% of Senior Companions reported that they feel the program allows them to be more independent.
Among surveyed clients, 90% report that the program helps them do things they need to do, 83% feel more satisfied with their lives, and 70% feel less lonely because of the program.
Candice Ivy, Program Manager | (901) 529-4535 | email@example.com
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
MIFA's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and residential care homes. Through regular visits by staff and specially trained volunteers, the program investigates and mediates complaints, monitors residents’ care and quality of life, and provides public education for clients and their families.
Clients must be residents or potential residents of nursing homes, assisted living care facilities, or homes for the aged in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, or Lauderdale County.
In FY16, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program’s 40 volunteers provided 1,668 service hours while providing advocacy for the care and dignity of 2,871 seniors living in care homes. The program also served 919 individuals through complaint resolution.
Trained Ombudsman volunteers pay regular visits to facilities, where they spend time with residents, monitor conditions, investigate complaints, and protect residents’ rights.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age with no conflicts of interest, provide references, submit to a background check, and complete an interview. Twelve hours of training and certification are required before a volunteer may visit residents. Volunteers must be willing and able to commit to the program for a minimum of one year, visiting residents weekly and working to resolve conflicts within nursing homes and care facilities.
Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.
Zev Samuels, District Ombudsman | (901) 529-4565 | firstname.lastname@example.org