Due to the current drop in temperature over this weekend, the City of Westland is closing it's cooling centers but will continue to monitor temperatures and reopen the cooling centers as needed.
Westland City Hall, City Parks and the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center are open for our residents. Online services and the City drop boxes are still available for residents to use. The two drop boxes located at City Hall for bill payments (no cash please) and document drop offs that will be checked daily. The Senior Friendship Center will continue to be closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience in this unprecedented challenging time and please stay healthy.
MEALS ON WHEELS- Provides a nutritious hot meal daily (M-F) to homebound seniors. Meals can be delivered on a continuous basis or temporarily. Call 722-7632 before noon and speak to Barbara Ramseur (site manager for meals on wheels) for eligibility requirements.
Call (734) 727-7357 to enroll.
DAILY CONGREGATE MEALS- Lunches served daily 11:30am. Provides a nutritious meal where older adults can socialize with peers. Reserve meal by calling 722-7362 before noon the business day before. If seniors do not make a reservation, and they wish to have a lunch they can go on stand-by - if there is enough to serve them, we are happy to oblige.
TRAVEL PROGRAMS- Trips are planned by the department using a professional tour company. Smaller trips are planned with the staff at the center. We have a quarterly Armchair Travel program where we visit different destinations, near and far - with a treat from that country and a group discussion afterward.
NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND RESOURCE DAY -combines a morning of screenings and information regarding various products offered through several vendors in the area, with a fun walk or similar activity. The Center offers a nutritious luncheon to end the day.
BLOOD PRESSURE & DIABETES SCREENING -Done on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the computer room by the Westland Fire Department or on Thursdays at 11:00 am by Madonna Nursing Students September-April. An excellent way to keep track of blood sugar levels, and keep a blood pressure record. Knowing there is a problem is half the battle - so keep on top of these important readings!
FLU SHOTS -There is minimally one flu-shot clinic offered through the Friendship Center each year, in October or November. Participants are covered under traditional Medicare, and some with an Medicare HMO are also included. Flu shots are given by appointment only.
HEALTH SCREENINGS -There is usually one formal health screening per year, however, many screenings are also available through the National Senior Health and Resource Day event in September. Regular blood pressure screenings and diabetes screenings occur on a weekly basis at the the center.
MASSAGES -are offered through the center at $48.00 per hour, or $24.00 per half hour. The massage therapist is also willing to do facials. If you wish to have a facial you must specify that in advance so the massage therapist brings the necessary supplies. Many different massages are available including deep tissue, and Swedish relaxation massage. Massages are scheduled every Tuesday and advance appointment is necessary. Massages have been recognized by the medical community to help with a variety of physical ailments. A nice way to treat yourself, or a great gift for the older adults in your life.
COSMETOLOGIST -Our cosmetologist is a long standing service provider through the center. Jennifer washes, cuts, and styles both men and women's hair. Coloring and perms are also offered as well as in home service, if need be, to those who permanently or temporarily are homebound. Reasonable rates. Make your appointment for services at the center by calling 722-7632 or by stopping by the front desk at the Friendship Center.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL -The Center is the link between many programs offered through different organizations and businesses. If a particular service or program is not offered directly through the center, we are happy to give you information as to where you might obtain it.
LEGAL AID-An attorney visits the center once a month. Generally, he performs simple legal services such as drawing up a will. There is a 15 minute free consultation which may help determine exactly what is needed, or if you need specialized advice.
EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS -The Friendship Center works closely with surrounding businesses, organizations, and individuals that specialize in services relating to the older adult. Informational or educational seminars focusing on topics such as: Medicare Part "D", the conversion of televisions from analog to digital, managing diabetes, and a variety of special interest topics, helps to keep older adults up to date on ever changing issues.
AARP TAX PREPARATION -This program is offered free to anyone in the community who wishes to have their taxes prepared free of charge. This site is a E-file site only. Appointments are only made in the month of November for Members of the Friendship Center only otherwise walk ins will be accepted February 1st - April 15th. Generally, the tax return service offered through AARP is for simple returns. Those individuals with lengthy returns, many rental properties or investments are encourage to have a CPA or professional firm complete their returns. There is no age or income requirement. The site manager has discretion over what returns they are willing and able to complete. Taxes this year will be done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Walk in appointments only. Unfortunately, the preparers are only on site during the day the center offers the service so any tax question regarding a return must be taken by a staff person, and returned by a preparer at their convenience.
ALTERATIONS -Alterations are offered through the center by an accomplished seamstress. No appointment necessary- walk-ins are welcome. Reasonable rates.
HALL RENTALS -The Friendship Center is ideal for baby showers, meetings, graduation parties, and bridal showers. There is no alcohol permitted in the building, and the Friendship Center is smoke-free. A large electronic screen and state of the art projector system offers an ideal location for business presentations. Recessed walls make it possible to host events up to 500. Call Marilyn at 722-7628 to check availability of rooms.