By the year 2035, Indiana is expected to have more residents age 65 and older, than residents under the age of 15. The need for community assistance in caring for aging family members will greatly increase as the Baby Boomer generation transitions into retirement.
According to a 2013 Forbes article, “the population in the prime caregiving ages of 45-64 will grow by only 1 percent from 2010 to 2030, but the numbers of those 80 and over (who are most likely to need care) will grow by nearly 80 percent.”
Families First’s Vistas program is prepared to meet the community’s growing need for caregiving support services. Our team of professional counselors provide compassionate non-medical home-based care to protect the well-being of vulnerable adults, enabling them to achieve the highest degree of independence and quality of life possible.
Vistas services are available to:
- Adults 18 years and older who live in Marion County and need in-home counseling, case management, and other supportive services
- People at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation or premature institutional placement
Our Vistas program supports older adults as well as adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, chronic mental illness, and other cognitive challenges—helping them make appropriate decisions and manage personal affairs. Through case management, protective care and sometimes guardianship, Families First provides safety to those who need it most.
We all want our family members to be able to live with dignity, safety and maximum possible independence. The Vistas program at Families First ensures your loved one is:
- Living in a safe environment
- Receiving appropriate medical care
- Completing daily tasks such as self-care and housekeeping
- Managing mail, correspondence and personal finances
- Engaging socially with family and friends
- Connecting with other community services and resources as needed
- Protected from exploitation, abuse and self-neglect
The Vistas program provides comprehensive in-home assessments to identify each client’s needs. Vistas staff then develop an individualized care plan with input from the client and his/her family, and deliver high quality in-home services—including counseling, linkage with community resources and public benefits, money management assistance, decision-making support, assistance with housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, and communication with family members, other caregivers and medical providers. The program can also assist our clients with housing transition, should a new environment become necessary.
How to Get Started
For more information or to inquire about Vistas services, please call 317-634-6341 and ask to speak with the Vistas program assistant.
Families First provides all activities and services without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in accordance with requirements of State and Federal Law.
Mr. Bell's Success Story
Several years ago, Mr. Bell faced eviction from his small, sparsely furnished apartment, due to its unsanitary condition. Limited by near blindness and age, at the time Mr. Bell had been virtually incapable of recognizing, or rectifying, his deteriorating living circumstance.
“I don’t know what I’d have done if they’d put me out,” Mr. Bells says. “I don’t have people here; most of my friends have passed away.” Sadly, without a local support system, Mr. Bell had faced the very real possibility of becoming homeless.
Then Families First entered the picture. As a client of our Vistas eldercare program, Mr. Bell now has a social worker, a care team assistant and a volunteer on his side—visiting his apartment regularly to assist with cleaning and cooking, and monitor his well-being. With the help of the Vistas program, Mr. Bell has resolved the threat of eviction and now enjoys a better quality of life.
The Vistas program provides a critical source of personal contact for debilitated adults who live in near isolation. Mr. Bell looks forward every week to the visits from his care team. “They’ve contributed quite a lot of companionship to my world,” he says, smiling. “They’ve been an immense help to me.”