Telespond Senior Services provides life-enriching services to older adults and their families on a community-wide and individual basis.
We aim to:
- provide high-quality, community-based care to older adults and caregivers
- enhance the well-being of older adults by promoting independent living
- offer low-cost alternatives to institutionalized care
- collaborate with service providers and healthcare experts to ensure effective delivery of programs
Since its inception in 1974, Telespond Senior Services has served aging adults and their caregivers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our programs and organization were designed to encourage activity, promote independence and provide valuable programs and services to enrich the lives of clients and families navigating the aging process.
At Telespond Senior Services’ Day Center, we provide active programming and top rated care for individuals 55 years of age and older with wide ranges of cognitive and physical abilities, including individuals who are physically or cognitively impaired and unable to perform their activities of daily living (ADLs) independently; are experiencing chronic health conditions that require regular health or medical supervision; and adults newly discharged from an acute care hospital or rehabilitation center.
Our on-site adult day center services are located at 1200 Saginaw Street, Scranton. Clients from across Northeastern Pennsylvania utilize our transportation program to take part in this on-site program. Along with a full-range of learning and fun activities, you’ll find comprehensive physical and occupational therapy services, as well as day-to-day personal care support like on-site showers, haircuts and manicures available to clients each day.
Along with on-site care, we offer non-medical in-home personal care services to help with the activities of daily living—including bathing, grooming, grocery shopping, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping and companionship. This program is designed to keep older adults living at home and as independently as possible, rather than transitioning to an assisted living home and/or nursing facility.
Telespond Senior Services’ Senior Companion Program in Lackawanna County is the perfect option for seniors who could benefit from a bit of help with day-to-day activities and would enjoy some company AND for seniors that wish to help others by volunteering. This program is made possible through our robust network of active volunteers. The program, of course, benefits the client, but it is also so important in providing their caregivers with some well-deserved relief. Through this program, our volunteers give more than 220,000 hours of their time annually, assisting with activities such as getting dressed, shopping, running errands, light house cleaning, sharing a bite to eat and taking part in social activities. If you’re interested in this program, or in becoming a senior companion volunteer, please get in touch with us.
Many older adults want to stay active and engaged with their community. Our Foster Grandparent Program, serving Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, provides an opportunity for senior volunteers to play a special role in the lives of young children in neighboring school districts and youth centers. Foster grandparents work one-on-one with children identified as high-risk or having special needs, supporting their physical, mental, emotional and social development. This is a free service available for ages 0 to 21, and the average age of children served is 3 to 5 years old. Foster grandparents meet with children on a weekly basis in pre-K programs, elementary schools, head start programs, and other youth-based facilities.
Our Foster Grandparents provide:
- Help with reading and other learning tasks
- One-on-one conversations and guidance
- Love and support at critical moments in a child’s life
If you’re interested in this program, or in becoming a volunteer, please get in touch with us. (click through to email to colleen).
Telespond Senior Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded through a dynamic mix of community partners, from the PA Department of Aging, Lackawanna County, Luzerne, County, Wyoming County, the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, the United Way, foundation support, grants,, private donations, other government sources and estate giving.
A Message from Donna Sedor, President and CEO
“Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be.” When I think of this quote from Robert Browning, I think about what we all want as we age – the ability to live life on our terms, to continue to learn, to continue to do the things we love and enjoy the community, good company and a good life. Here at Telespond, we are dedicated to helping that occur. Our mission is to provide life-enriching services to older adults and their families on a community-wide and individual basis.
For some, we help continue their connection to the community with programs such as Senior Companions in Lackawanna County and the Foster Grandparent Program in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. For others, it is providing a little assistance to help them stay in their home. Our Personal Care Attendants, help individuals with meal preparation, personal care and minor chores in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. And for individuals who want to get out of the house or those who need more socialization and care, we have an Adult Day Service Center. For our clients, it provides safe care, activities and learning opportunities. For their caregivers, it provides a respite opportunity that extends during the fall/winter with Saturday hours.
This past June, we recognized World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the World Health Organization estimates, 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 suffer from abuse. Sadly, it happens here in our region. That is why Telespond is working with the Lackawanna Area Agency on Aging to build an Advocacy Center right here on our property in Scranton to serve as a place those suffering from abuse can go and get the services and help they need.
Our aging population looks much different today. We now have a growing number of “grandfluencers”– folks that are 70 years of age and up who have large followings on social media including fans that are decades younger! And that is just the beginning of the changes we are and will continue to see.
For over forty-eight years, Telespond is has been looking for new and better ways to serve our region’s aging population and their families in partnership with organizations in the region. We would love for you to join us in that mission. If you would like to help or volunteer or if we can be of help to you and your family, please reach out. We are just a phone call or email away.
President and CEO, Telespond Senior Services
Telespond Senior Services’ Board of Directors
Anne Brennan – Secretary
Robert Brown- Treasurer
Maria Montoro-Edwards – Vice Chairperson
Honorable Andrew Jarbola
Nancy Menapace – Chairperson