More than ever in the Covid era it is vital that we serve our community’s most vulnerable people: those struggling with inadequate or income insecurity, limited English proficiency, housing insecure individuals and families, those afflicted with chronic diseases and illnesses and particularly those challenged on many fronts with mental illness and wellbeing.
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Liam Kennedy-Fort Myers News Press
Poverty’s effects are far ranging. Those living in poverty are often confronted with personal and societal barriers to health and welfare optimization, resulting in conditions that include chronic illnesses and malnutrition, lack of access to vital services, weakened families and social networks, higher incidences of illiteracy and unemployment, and others. Research also confirms that individuals living below the poverty level are more likely to experience higher incidences of crime and incarceration.
Further analysis indicates that many individuals are challenged with multiple barriers to health optimization: access to or substandard healthcare, diminished health literacy, and higher rates of chronic and communicable diseases. Despite nationwide initiatives aimed at providing services to mitigate health disparities, government agencies and healthcare systems have yet to comprehend the full spectrum of components necessary that will lead to integrated and lasting solutions.
PFLC uses evidence-based approaches to deliver integrated, client-facing services across a range of platforms assisting clients challenged with income, health and nutrition, housing, food security, and educational-related issues.
Clients served are primarily individuals who have access and functional needs. Specific awareness is directed towards ethnic and minority groups.
PFLC holds a strategic position within the network of service agencies in Lee County and partners with other social service agencies across our geographic area to expand our service impact.
Servicing vulnerable populations (older adults and people with disabilities) by providing the following services:
Disaster Support services - developing a disaster recovery plan, housing rebuild project management, document preparation and review.
Integrated Health Services - behavioral & physical health assessments, and disaster counseling and peer support groups
Social Security Disability application assistance - Children and Adults with a minimum of 12 months of documented medical evidence are encouraged to apply
Coordinated care - assisting older adults and family members with important decisions related to health care, finances, personal property, real estate, and long-term care planning such as independent and assisted living, memory care and advanced directives (Power Attorney, Health Surrogate).