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 564,252 meals to 3,615 seniors in FY18; of those clients, 1,160 received home-delivered meals, 1,342 were served at congregate sites, and 1,154 were served through the No Hungry Senior initiative.
- 94.13% eat healthier foods as a result of the program
- 95.57% of home-delivered meal recipients believe the program helps them continue living in their own homes
- 92.24% believe the program helps them feel better
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.
Isaiah Swanson, Volunteer Specialist | (901) 529-4521 | email@example.com
Jennifer Chalmers, MIFA Meals on Wheels Operations Director | (901) 529-4549 | 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
- complete 40-hour pre-service training.
- Pass background checks (TBI, FBI, NSOPW)
- Have an income that is within eligibility guidelines
- Serve a minimum of 15 hours per work
- Be determined by a physical examination to be capable, with or without reasonable accommodation, of serving adults with special needs without detriment to either himself, herself or the adults served.
In FY18, the Senior Companion program’s 61 volunteers logged 58,436 hours while serving 88 clients in their homes and many more in local facilities.
Among surveyed Senior Companions:
- 98% of Senior Companions reported that they feel the program allows them to be more independent
- 100% said the program has improved their quality of life
Among surveyed clients:
- 71% feel less lonely
- 93% said the program allows them to continue living at home
Alecia Williams, Program Manager | (901) 529-4532 | 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 FY18, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program’s 61 volunteers completed 1,280 volunteer hours while providing advocacy for the care and dignity of 4,177 seniors living in facilities. Program staff and volunteers also stewarded residents through the closures of several local facilities, handling 2,352 complaints and cases.
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