Barbara Shirk, retired School Registered Nurse, was recognized for serving six years on the Board of Directors of ElderCare, Inc. Shirk served as Board chair during 2013-2014. Janet Splitter, Executive Director of ElderCare, Inc. presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her leadership and counsel guiding the service to older adults. Current members of the Board include: Richard VonFeldt, Terry Conard, Robin Fabricius, Sharon Manning and Elaine Simmons.
Newly elected members are Loretta Brittain, CPA with ABBB, Layne Shirk, CPA, retired from the Wichita office of Kennedy and Coe, Wichita and DeAnn Ficken, LPN, Bison.
ElderCare, Inc. is a non-profit agency which strives to enhance the quality of life for older adults. An impressive range of essential services nourish seniors in their communities. One division of the agency is Friendship Meals and Meals on Wheels in the 28 counties of Southwest Kansas providing meals for people 60 years or older. Over 1,600 meals are served Monday through Friday at noontime in 40 locations. The Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas, is the local site for Friendship Meals and Meals-on-Wheels.
Homes Services is another division of ElderCare, Inc. which has assisted over 3000 clients since 1992. The services are tailored to each individual’s needs, varying from a few hours monthly to around-the-clock care. Care may include personal care and hygiene; homemaker care such as cooking, laundry and cleaning, and respite assistance for a caregiver. The services are available in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford, Rush, Edwards, Pratt, Ford and Kiowa counties.