SASI's mission is to support the efforts of older adults to remain in their homes: we make living easier.
SASI was founded in 1975 as Seniors Action Service, Inc., to help older adults remain in the community. SASI originally focused on providing skills training for older displaced workers who had been recently downsized. Training as home aides was added later. Today one of SASI’s core programs is as a licensed home care agency, providing affordable home care that enables older adults to remain at home, where they want to be, sometimes avoiding unneeded institutionalization. SASI also participates as a respite provider with Age Options, the area Agency on Aging (a distributer of funds through the Older Americans Act) for suburban Cook County.
As a nonprofit, SASI keeps rates affordable by supplementing the true cost of care with fundraised dollars.
SASI doubled its employee caregiver base in 2015 when it assumed the home care division of Chicago Methodist Senior Services, enabling SASI to offer a greater pool of quality caregivers to more area seniors. This alignment not only proved a good business decision, it created a successful, collaborative partnership with CMSS.
In May 2017, SASI merged with Senior Connections, a 26-year- old Evanston nonprofit that trains volunteers to be friendly visitors to isolated seniors at no charge. The impact of this merger is beyond business growth. By matching trained volunteer visitors with older adults in one-on- one caring relationships the Senior Connections program addresses unmet, and often unseen, needs of seniors.
SASI is known for our affordable fees and for the quality of our professional caregivers, who receive up to twice the number of training hours required by our licensing body, the IL Department of Public Health. Senior Connections, now a program of SASI, is known for bringing friendship and engagement to socially isolated older adults.
The standards for both programs are rigorous. Professional caregivers and volunteers are carefully interviewed and screened. All undergo background checks.
Program staff for both programs need to be magic match-makers. Whether matching a professional caregiver and a client or a volunteer and a senior – the match is not in any way random or a matter of convenience. It is a matter of what will be a good fit.
In both programs, personal introductions are made and the ongoing relationships are nurtured; neither volunteers nor caregivers are just managed, they are handled with care. This takes time and talent.