YATES COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING
5 Collins Avenue
Penn Yan, New York 14527
Our mission is to provide for maximum
independence, autonomy, dignity, and quality of life for older people by:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Help In processing Medicare, Medicaid, and third party health Insurance claim forms and appeals.
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 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.
Problemsolving and advocacy for nursing home and facility residents regarding their rights, care, financial concerns, food or medical services, etc.
Public education regarding Incidents of physical and financial abuse, mistreatment or neglect. Referrals and linkages made to Protective Services and legal service providers.
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 and wellness education, health promotion/disease prevention
programs, flu clinics, etc.
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.
EXPANDED INHOME SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR THE
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.
Assistance provided In helping to identify needs, planning care, arranging services and monitoring ongoing services at no charge.
Advice and counseling on residential options; Inhome services eligibility and access.
EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET:
Available on loan to community residents: wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, commodes, and other items.
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.
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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