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.
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.
Telespond Senior Services’ Board of Directors
Anne Brennan – Secretary
Robert Brown- Treasurer
Maria Montoro-Edwards – Vice Chairperson
Honorable Andrew Jarbola
Nancy Menapace – Chairperson