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Services Overview

Office For The Aging
Todd N. Tancredi, Director

 

 

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The Dutchess County Office For The Aging provides a wide array of services to senior citizens in Dutchess County. A short description of the service available appears below.

 

  • Eight Senior Friendship Centers located in communities throughout Dutchess County provide nutritious hot meals at noon and an opportunity for socialization, recreation and other activities. Transportation for Friendship Center members is available to the sites and for weekly grocery shopping.  Home Delivered Meals  are provided throughout most of Dutchess County for qualifying homebound seniors
     

  • Transportation Services include Dial-A-Ride where available, and non-emergency medical transportation via Friends of Seniors (845-485-1277) and, in northeastern Dutchess, the North East Community Center (518-592-1399).
     

  • Single Point of Entry for community based Long Term Care including home care needs assessment, home care services and case management through NY Connects.
     

  • Legal Services for those over 60, with a focus on shelter and income issues.
     

  • Reassurance Programs include the "Are You O.K." Program and Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS).
     

  • Respite Care includes adult day care services and the Vassar Warner Home.
     

  • The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federal program designed to assist eligible, low-income households in meeting home energy costs.  Services include financial assistance with fuel bills, emergency financial assistance for fuel/utility termination, and referrals for weatherization service.  The benefit a household receives from HEAP is based on monthly income, the number of people in the household, and the type of heat generation used.  Income eligibility guidelines are issued each year. To apply for HEAP, clients age 60 and over should contact the Dutchess County Office for The Aging; others contact the Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services.
     

  • Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) helps HEAP eligible homeowners in emergency situations with the repair or replacement of heating equipment.  To be eligible, household must meet income and resource guidelines.
     

  • Caregiver Services, including information, case management, home care, adult day care, overnight respite (see details (.pdf)), personal emergency response systems, case assistance, workshops, counseling, a caregiver resource center, referral and counseling for those who care for older adults in the community.
     

  • Advocacy and Case Assistance for Medicaid, Food Stamps and other entitlement programs.
     

  • Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) counsels people and provides workshops on Medicare eligibility, Medigap policy choices, HMO's, Medicare Advantage choices and Long Term Care Insurance. 
     

  • Income Tax Assistance is provided by trained AARP volunteers.
     

  • Information and Referral about caregiving support activities, recreational activities and other issues of concern to older people.
     

  • Grandparents (and Relatives) Raising Grandchildren are offered support groups, workshops, case assistance and respite.
     

  • The Senior Exercise Program to improve strength and balance is offered at locations throughout the county.
     

  • Brain Games are mental fitness classes which are offered at locations throughout the county.

  • "A Matter of Balance" classes are offered countywide for qualifying ambulatory seniors. Contact the Office for the Aging for further details.
     

  • Presentations on issues including successful aging, Medicare/Medicaid, senior housing scam prevention and more are available for seniors' groups, civic organizations and other groups.

 

The Office for the Aging welcomes those who'd like to volunteer to assist in our programs, including many of those noted above. Click here for our volunteering brochure and sign-up form.


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