To join the telethon on YouTube and Facebook, visit accsv.org/bdog2022 on May 4 and 5 from 4-8 PM. Enjoy live entertainment and storytelling from the ACC Community.
ACC Senior Services was established in 1972 to provide programs for underserved older adults in our community. Through the years, our vision evolved to create an array of services that help older adults sustain their independence and lifestyles. ACC opened a community senior center in 2002, offering a Lifelong Learning and Wellness Program. Each week we hold 50-75 class sessions, club meetings, and workshops. More than 1,200 individuals participate in our computer, tai chi, yoga, line dancing, fitness, arts & crafts, and other classes and workshops annually. The workshops (most are free of charge) are presented by collaborating agencies: the Alzheimer's Association, Yolo Hospice, Legal Services of Northern California, etc. on topics important to seniors and community members. Our ACC Rides Transportation Services (2003) provides 4,000 rides monthly for seniors in 9 zip code areas in Sacramento, some towns in the Delta region and to and from parts of Laguna/Elk Grove. Our Utilities Education & Advocacy Program helps people understand their phone and PG&E bills; we also advocate for reimbursements and changed services for clients.
The ACC Care Center (opened in 1987) is a 99-bed skilled nursing facility in a multicultural and multilingual setting. Among other awards, the ACC Care Center maintains a five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid in 2007, ACC acquired Greenhaven Terrace, only a short walk from the senior center, adding a 166-apartment community for persons 62+. In 2014, we remodeled one wing of Greenhaven Terrace to create a 24-unit Assisted Living program, meeting all California State Community Care Licensing requirements. In 2019, ACC built Maple Tree Village, a larger facility with Assisted Living and Memory Care. Recently licensed, Maple Tree Village moved in its first residents in early 2020. Bridge to Healthy Families Caregiver Support programs (2009) supports and sustains the efforts of family caregivers, many of whom care for elders with Alzheimer's and other dementias, physical disability, and are at risk of institutionalization, by providing home visits for care assessments and care management, coaching, and support groups. Legacy Corps, an AmeriCorps program, is a friendly visitor program, offering in-home respite for families. A Caregiver Scholarship, funded by donations and fundraising, supports families trying new services as their caregiving needs change.
Our latest community services are Senior Community Services Employment Program. This program places low-income seniors with barriers to employment in non-profits and government agencies to gain new skills while providing community service. The goal is to help the seniors find regular employment. We are proud that four of the seniors have been hired at ACC in three different departments, and many more have been hired by their host agency or other organizations.
ACC Senior Services promotes our community's general welfare and enhanced quality of life by identifying, developing, and providing culturally sensitive health and social services for older adults.
Our greatest need is to keep our community, especially our low-income clients, engaged and connected. Many of our clients are homebound to begin with due to mobility issues or a lack of transportation. The pandemic increasingly isolated our at-risk community, increasing depression rates and causing some clients to drop off of our services entirely.
Donor support is essential to meet this need. Without it we cannot offer our home and community-based services for free, expand or introduce services based on community need, or ensure that our residential facilities offer excellent care and support services.