In 2018 Dyna Jones had a vision to do something to reach the low income, underserved senior population, who somehow manage to survive on so little until they can’t take care of themselves anymore and are relegated to a skilled nursing facility paid for by the state. The name of the vision is Blessed Low Income Senior Support (BLISS).
BLISS is a senior assistance program funded by caring private and corporate partners who are able to give tax-deductible donations toward the fiscal sponsorship of many low-income seniors living in senior communities such as mobile home communities and low-income senior apartments
The qualifying recipients of this support will be able to receive free care services in their own homes for up to an hour a day from California State Registered Caregivers. These services can be split up into 2-3 visits throughout the day to help with food preparation, medication reminders, personal hygiene, and light housekeeping. This level of free service will allow qualified seniors the dignity of having an extended period of time living independently in their own home as well as save the state money by deferring or in some cases eliminating the need for these seniors to go into a Skilled Nursing Facility. There will be three income tiers to qualify for these services.
Believe it or not, there are seniors surviving on as little as $900 per month to cover rent, food, medication, and utilities! BLISS aims to give many of these people new hope and help. BLISS will be a significant game changer in caring for low-income seniors.
Dyna and Kevin Jones have been in the senior care business since 2004, specializing in dementia care. In that time Dyna has been a diehard advocate for seniors and senior issues. Dyna has also performed consulting services to other care providers as trainer and coach to help them improve their levels of care, and become compliant with State regulatory agencies.
Dyna emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1999. Dyna performed one on one caregiving for a couple of years during which she fell in love with those seniors and she was inspired to do more for seniors. During that time she also met Kevin.
Kevin’s professional background has been in the construction and facilities maintenance industry, but little did he know that his family background was preparing him for senior care. Kevin’s grandfather suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years, and Kevin witnessed the devastation on his grandfather and family from the disease. His grandfather passed away after living in skilled nursing facilities for several years. Kevin’s grandmother spent her last 2 years with caregivers in her home, some of which treated her well, and some of which stole from her and didn’t give her the dignity and respect she deserved.
When Dyna and Kevin had been married less than a year, an opportunity arose to buy an existing six-bed elderly care facility (RCFE). Dyna was so excited to have a chance of realizing her dream of having a senior care home. Kevin never would have seen himself in the senior care industry, but life has interesting twists. Between Dyna’s enthusiasm and Kevin’s experience with his own family, they knew this was a mission that fit them. That was in 2004. Now the Jones’ have 2 care homes, Bosworth Gardens I & II, and run First Promise Care Services LLC which provides caregivers to people in the comfort of their own homes.