YATES COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING

5 Collins Avenue

Penn Yan, New York 14527

(315) 536-2368

    Our mission is to provide for maximum independence, autonomy, dignity, and quality of life for older people by:

        INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
    The prime source of information and referral for elderly, including questions regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, care giving, housing, long­term care options, food stamp eligibility, age discrimination, frauds and scams, etc.

        ENERGY PROGRAMS
            H.E.A.P.
(Home Energy Assistance Program) Financial assistance, furnace repairs and replacements to help meet the high energy costs for elderly and low income households.
            W.R.A.P. (Weatherization Referral and Packaging): Coordinating community resources/services, assisting households with home safety and energy problems, and providing energy education throughout the county.

        SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

         THE YATES COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING NUTRITION PROGRAM:
    Serves hot, well­balanced meals at meal sites located throughout the county. This program helps older people maintain a nutritious diet and provides for socialization and referral to other services and programs. Home Delivered Meals are available to persons unable to shop or cook for themselves and unable to attend a local meal site.

        NUTRITION EDUCATION AND COUNSELING:
    Our Registered Dietitian Is available to teach participants about diet changes as a result of disease or to improve their nutritional well­being.

        TRANSPORTATION
    Provision of transportation to meal sites, for banking, grocery shopping and, In some Instances, delivery of meals to homebound. Medical van transports seniors to hospitals, medical and dental appointments, to clinics, laboratories, therapies, and medical specialists both In and out of the county.

    Office for the Aging Services

        LEGAL SERVICES:
    Through our contract with Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes, older Individuals have access to representation on rights, entitlements, benefits, etc. affecting their well being and Independence.

        HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE:
    Help In processing Medicare, Medicaid, and third party health Insurance claim forms and appeals.

        HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMAL COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE:
    Provides Information, counseling regarding supplemental policies, long­term care insurance and Insurance policy comparisons. Telephone assistance is provided to caregivers and the homebound with home visits made when necessary.

        ELDERLY PHARMACEUTICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE (EPIC):
    New York State's program to help income eligible State residents 65 and older save on me cost of prescription drugs.

        PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
    Personal transmitting device giving frail, homebound person Immediate access for emergency assistance to medical, fire, or police. Over 200 units are in place In the community.

        OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM:
    Problem­solving and advocacy for nursing home and facility residents regarding their rights, care, financial concerns, food or medical services, etc.

        ELDER ABUSE:
    Public education regarding Incidents of physical and financial abuse, mistreatment or neglect. Referrals and linkages made to Protective Services and legal service providers.

        TAX ASSISTANCE:
    Preparation of tax forms during the months of February through March each year provided by volunteers trained by the I.R.S. and the New York State Tax Department.

        HEALTH PROMOTION:

    Health and wellness education, health promotion/disease prevention programs, flu clinics, etc.

        RECREATION:
    The reading and discussion of Shakespearean plays over a period of several weeks each spring. Many participants also enjoy a group trip to the Stratford Festival after the series.

    HOME SERVICES

        EXPANDED IN­HOME SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY (EISEP):
    A New York State funded program designed to aid in the financing of home care for residents sixty years of age and older who are not eligible for Medicaid assistance and have unmet non-medical needs for help with everyday activities such as shopping, housekeeping, bathing, etc. Shared costs for services with a sliding fee scale.

        CASE MANAGEMENT:
    Assistance provided In helping to identify needs, planning care, arranging services and monitoring ongoing services at no charge.

        LONG­TERM CARE:
    Advice and counseling on residential options; In­home services eligibility and access.

        HEALTH EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET:
    Available on loan to community residents: wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, commodes, and other items.
   

        PRIVATE CARE REGISTRY:
    A registry of private duty aides' nurses, housekeepers, companions, etc. which serves as a resume clearing house both for persons in need of help at home and for persons seeking In­home employment.

       OTHER PROGRAMS
    The Yates County for the Aging provides public information/outreach through speaking engagements, radio spots, Cable One and our Aging & You monthly column in the local Chronicle Express newspaper, as well as our bimonthly newsletter.

Please call (315) 536-2368 for further information on all these programs.

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