About Prevention of Elder Abuse
Prevention of Elder Abuse (PEA) works to prevent and effectively address abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities. In 1992, PEA became the first group in the United States to offer Gatekeeper training, which teaches bankers, meter readers, grocery cashiers and others to recognize and report possible abuse.
Since 1992, PEA has steadily expanded its programs. We have trained startup organizations in other areas of Montana to operate Gatekeeper programs in their communities. We now sponsor a comprehensive prevention education and outreach program as well as abuse investigation, case management and financial payee services for elders and adults with disabilities.
In June 2005, Senior Helping Hands, Prevention of Elder Abuse Prevention and Friends Volunteer Program merged to become Big Sky Senior Services. Our new agency offers comprehensive support services to elders and developmentally disabled adults, from homemaking to case management to daily phone support. Our combined staff will continue to help elders maintain their independence and quality of life.
Senior Citizens deserve the right to live in their homes, safe and free from abuse. Regardless of their ability to pay, Big Sky Senior Services provides services that promote independence, enhance quality of life and prevent elder abuse.
We will be recognized as a leader in assisted home health, elder abuse prevention and volunteer companionship for senior citizens.
We believe that supporting in-home independence is cost effective, promotes quality of life and should be available to all seniors including those who cannot afford the services, who are not receiving duplicate services from another agency and those who are at risk and vulnerable.
Other Big Sky Senior Services Programs
Senior Helping Hands was started in 1977 to respond to the need for in-home services for elders in south central Montana. Today, Senior Helping Hands provides home care and homemaking services to over 100 seniors in Yellowstone, Stillwater and Carbon counties.
Friends Volunteer Program is the only program in the Billings area that provides phone and friendly visitor support for elders. Many seniors receive either daily phone calls or weekly visits from volunteer friends. Phone buddies and friendly visitors help isolated elders live independently at home while staying connected to the community.