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Melville/Suffolk/Nassau County NY
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Melville/Suffolk/Nassau County Area Senior Resources
Senior Citizen Clubs, Centers & Recreational Programs
There are over 250 clubs and centers located throughout the County which provide programs that offer opportunities for productive and satisfying use of leisure hours. Information on meeting time and place of groups in local communities can be obtained from:
NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING (516) 227-8959
NASSAU COUNTY SENIOR CENTER NETWORK
Funded by the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, and operated by voluntary non-profit agencies, these Centers provide nutritious lunches, transportation, social, educational and recreational programs. Click Here.
NASSAU COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING – WELLNESS PROGRAMS
The Nassau County Office for the Aging funds varied recreational and wellness programs at some clubs and centers in the County.
For information on activities and schedules, contact: (516) 539-0150
NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND MUSEUMS
This Department coordinates special programs and facilities for senior citizens at many Nassau County parks. For information, call or write:
Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums
|East Meadow, NY 11554|
TOWN AND CITY RECREATION PROGRAMS
Each Town and City conducts recreation programs, trips and various other services and activities for their residents. For further details, contact:
|Town of Hempstead|
|Department of Senior Enrichment|
|200 North Franklin Street|
|Hempstead, N.Y. 11550|
|Town of North Hempstead|
|Department of Community Services|
|1601 Marcus Avenue|
|Manhasset, N.Y. 11030|
|Town of Oyster Bay|
|Department of Community Services|
|Division of Senior Citizen Services|
|977 Hicksville Road|
|Massapequa, N.Y. 11758|
|City of Glen Cove|
|Office of Senior Services|
|130 Glen Street|
|Glen Cove, N.Y. 11542|
|Long Beach Recreation Department|
|Magnolia Boulevard and West Bay Drive|
|Long Beach, N.Y. 11561||(516) 431-3890|
CATHOLIC CHARITIES RECREATIONAL SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Staff provides assistance to interested individuals in the organization and development of Senior Adult Clubs and refers individuals to clubs for membership. For further information, contact:
|Bi-County Alliance of Senior Clubs|
|90 Cherry Lane|
|Hicksville, NY 11801||733-7051|
Social Adult Day Care
Social adult day services programs provide care to frail and disabled older adults in a supervised group setting within the community. Services include socialization activities, supervision and monitoring, and nutrition. Programs also provide personal care that includes hands-on assistance with mobility, eating, and toileting (including care of incontinence). All services are based on an individual care plan and assessment of the participant. Social adult day services provide a break to caregivers and especially gives peace of mind to working caregivers.
Participants are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the program, but there is no fee for services.
To be eligible for adult day services, an individual must be:
- A Nassau County resident 60 years of age or older
- Functionally impaired (needing the assistance of another person in at least one of the following ADLs: toileting, mobility, transferring, or eating, or needing supervision due to cognitive impairment and/or psycho-social impairment)
For more information, please contact (516) 227-8930.
Care coordination is a required component of all In-home services and supports funded under the Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) and administered by Nassau County Office for the Aging and its subcontractor agencies. Care coordination is a person-centered planning process that takes place between a qualified case manager/care coordinator, the applicant, and, often, members of the applicant's informal support network. Care coordination begins with a comprehensive assessment that identifies an individual's needs, abilities, preferences and available resources. Next, a care plan is developed based on the findings of the assessment. The care plan is a coordinated package of services and supports derived from multiple sources to best meet the applicant's needs. Finally, ongoing monitoring helps to ensure that the plan is adequate and the program participant is meeting his/her goals and is residing safely in the community.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the program a person must be:
- At least 60 years old;
- Impaired in an "Activity of Daily Living" (such as eating, dressing, bathing or toileting), or in two "Instrumental Activities of Daily Living" (such as meal preparation, housekeeping or shopping);
- In need of assistance;
- Able to be maintained safely at home; and
- Not be a Medicaid recipient. The person who appears to be eligible for Medicaid must be willing to apply for Medicaid. EISEP can only serve this person temporarily while the Medicaid application is being processed.
For more information, please contact (516) 227-8930.
Home Delivered Meals
Home Delivered Meals
Since 1984, New York State's Wellness in Nutrition Program (WIN) has provided funding primarily for home-delivered meals, to frail older persons who are unable to prepare meals for themselves, in addition to supporting nutrition counseling, nutrition education and congregate meals.
The purposes of the program are to reduce hunger and food insecurity; prevent social isolation; and promote the health and well-being of older adults. In addition, home-delivered meals also represent an essential service for many caregivers, by helping them to maintain their own health and well-being through the provision of nutritious meals to those they care for.
All the following program eligibility criteria are based on an in-home assessment conducted by a case manager and must be met by recipients:
- 60 years of age or older; spouse of eligible service recipient; or handicapped non-senior residing with a service recipient
- Nassau County resident
- has impaired mobility
- unable to cook and/or shop safely due to health reasons
- no local support system (formal or informal) available to meet needs
- able to understand and carry out procedures to safeguard the food provided
For more information about our Nutrition Programs, please contact (516) 227-8930.
The service is available only within Nassau County. AbleRide will pick up the person with a physical disability outside the home and take the individual to visit the doctor, go shopping, commute to work, or even attend social events. Many people with disabilities are now holding productive jobs as a result of the Paratransit Program.
Fare & Travel Arrangements
The participant may travel with an aide or a companion. The fare is $3.75 each way for the individual with the disability as well as for companions. Aides travel free of charge. In some cases, Medicaid coverage may be applied. Contact Nassau Inter-County Express(NICE) Bus at 516-228-4028 for an application.
Travel arrangements and reservations are made with NICE Bus at 516-228-4000.
The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging under the Older Americans Act. For over 40 years, Suffolk County Office for the Aging has administered federal, state and county programs for persons 60 years of age and older.
Specific goals for the Office are to develop a comprehensive service system designed to assist persons 60 years of age and older in maintaining maximum independence and dignity, to remove barriers to economic and personal independence, and to provide a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly. Most importantly, Suffolk County Office for the Aging acts as advocate on behalf of all Suffolk County senior citizens.
Heating Equipment Clean & Tune
The HEAP Heating Equipment Clean & Tune benefit is now open for the 2018-2019 season. The Clean & Tune program provides assistance to a HEAP eligible homeowner to have their primary heating system cleaned & tuned.
For information regarding eligibility please call the Office for the Aging HEAP Unit at 631-853-8326 or the Department of Social Services HEAP Unit at 631-853-8820.
The nutrition programs are a key component of the Federal Older Americans Act that was passed in 1965. Funding under the Older Americans Act helped to establish congregate and home delivered meal programs in Suffolk County over 40 years ago. Since then, the program has expanded to over 30 programs. Congregate programs provide seniors with a nutritious mid-day meal and an opportunity for socialization and recreation. Additionally, there are often seminars and programs available that may be of interest to older residents. For those in need of a home delivered meal, an assessment is done to determine eligibility for the program.
All meals meet 1/3 of the Daily Required Intake (DRI) and most programs provide one meal, Monday through Friday. There is no fee to receive a meal; however, participants are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution towards the program to expand services.
For more information on the congregate or home delivered meal programs, please call 631-853-8227.
Find a Support group?
Arrange for Respite?
Respite provides time off for caregivers. SCOFA offers some Respite through its Family Caregiver Support Program. Please call 631-853-8200 for more information. Respite can be provided in the home, at Adult Day Care or in an Adult Home or Nursing Home. Here is a list of Nursing Homes that provide Respite
Get financial help for raising my grandchildren?
For information on services available to any non-parent caregiver, including grandparents, relatives, and even non-relatives who provide full time care for children in their home, please visit the Kinship Navigator website at www.nysnavigator.org
Get home care services?
Home care services can mean many different things. SCOFA has 2 home care programs: Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) and the Family Caregiver Support Program. Both programs have eligibility requirements and a waiting list. Please contact SCOFA at 631-853-8200 if you feel you or a loved one is in need of this assistance.
Medicare can provide some home care assistance if certain criteria are met. Please speak to your doctor to see if you qualify for Medicare home care. Here is a list of Medicare Certified Home Health Care agencies
Other options for paying for home care services are Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, or private pay. If you would like a list of agencies that provide personal care aides please click this link: Personal Care Agencies.
Get help with small jobs around the house?
Each of the ten towns has a program called Residential Repair to provide assistance with small jobs around the house. Participants are required to pay for the cost of materials. For further information call the Town Senior Citizen Division:
- Babylon 631-422-7680
- Brookhaven 631-451-9092
- East Hampton 631-329-6939x204
- Huntington 631-351-3253x4002
- Islip 631-224-5424
- Riverhead 631-722-4444x205
- Shelter Island 631-749-0291x2104
- Smithtown 631-360-7616
- Southampton 631-728-1235
- Southold 631-298-4460
Arrange for home delivered meals?
To arrange for home delivered meals you must contact the program that services your area. For information on Home Delivered Meal programs in Suffolk County you may call 631-853-8227.
Find a Congregate Nutrition Site?
Congregate Nutrition Programs offer a hot meal and an opportunity for socialization. Many provide transportation. To find a Nutrition Program in your area please call 631-853-8227 or return to the Home Page and click on Congregate Nutrition Sites for a map with the locations.
Obtain information on the Suffolk County Bus Service?
The Suffolk County Bus provides service throughout the county. A reduced fare is available with a valid senior id card. Additional information on the Suffolk County Bus Service can be obtained by calling 631-852-5200 or by visiting their website at http://www.sct-bus.org/index.html
Obtain information on other transportation options?
Suffolk County Accessible Transportation (SCAT) provides curb to curb service for individuals with a disability throughout Suffolk County. Applications may be requested by calling the Office for People with Disabilities at 631-853-8337 or by visiting their website at: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/People-with-Disabilities
Each of the ten towns provide transportation to seniors to a variety of essential services. In general these vehicles do not cross town lines and medical appointments have priority. Please contact the Town in which you reside:
- Babylon 631-422-7618
- Brookhaven 631-451-6126
- East Hampton 631-324-4443
- Huntington 631-427-8287
- Islip 631-224-5686
- Riverhead 631-724-444 ext. 290
- Shelter Island 631-749-1059
- Smithtown 631-265-8811/8826
- Southampton 631-728-1110
- Southold 631-298-4460
Apply for subsidized housing?
In order to be placed on the waiting list for any subsidized housing complex or Section 8 voucher program you need to contact them directly. Please be advised the waiting lists can be quite long. A list of Federally Subsidized Housing Programs in Suffolk County can be found here
Find other Senior Housing Complexes?
There are other housing options available for seniors. A list of non-subsidized housing programs can be found here
Find information on Assisted Living?
New York defines an assisted living facility as a residential program that serves five or more adults, providing room, board, personal care and supervision, typically in apartment-like settings. Assisted Living facilities are overseen by the Department of Health. For additional information visit their website at: www.health.ny.gov/facilities. An updated list of Assisted Living Facilities is available here
Find out more about Nursing Homes?
Nursing Homes are monitored by the NYS Department of Health. For detailed information on nursing homes anywhere in the country you can visit Medicare Nursing Home Compare at: www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare. Here is a list of Nursing Homes in Suffolk County.
Get information on Medicare?
Information on Medicare is available through a variety of resources. You can call Medicare directly at 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) or visit their website at www.medicare.gov. You can call HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program) at 631-979-9490 ext. 18. You may also call SCOFA/NY Connects at 631-853-8200.
Choose a Medigap policy?
A Medigap policy is a type of private insurance that helps you pay for some of the costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover. View an informative brochure on choosing a plan here.
You may also call and speak with a HIICAP counselor at 631-979-9490 ext. 18 or call SCOFA/NY Connects at 631-853-8200.
Decide which Part D plan is right for me?
You may choose a new Medicare prescription drug plan during the annual enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Premiums, covered medications, and out-of-pocket costs change each year, so it's a good idea to shop around for a new plan even if you're happy with your current coverage. Things to consider when choosing a plan include the premium, other out of pocket costs, the formulary, and customer service. If you need help you may contact Medicare at 1-800-Medicare or www.medicare.gov or speak with a HIICAP counselor at 631-979-9490 ext. 18.
EPIC:You may obtain an application for NYS’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage by calling 1-800-EPIC or by going to The NYS’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage website.
HEAP: You may obtain a HEAP application during HEAP season by calling HEAP at 631-853-8326 or by going to the website: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/3421.pdf
SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps): You may obtain a SNAP application by calling the Department of Social Services at 631-853-6600 631-853-2300 631-853-8842 631-852-3500 or by visiting the website: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/4826.pdf
Medicaid: Medicaid applications can be obtained by calling the Department of Social Services at 631-853-8730 or by visiting this website: http://www.health.ny.gov/forms/doh-4220all.pdf
Medicare Savings Programs: Medicare Savings Programs pay the monthly Medicare Part B premium, and possibly some other medical expenses. You may obtain an application by calling SCOFA at 631-853-8200, or by calling the Department of Social Services at 631-853-8730.
Property Tax Exemption: There are several different property tax exemptions that are available, STAR, Enhanced Star, Senior, Disabled, and Veterans. To see which ones you might be eligible for please contact your Town Tax Assessors Office.
You may check your availability for many of these programs by visiting the website www.mybenefits.ny.gov. SCOFA staff is also available to answer questions regarding these benefits by telephone at 631-853-8200 and at our office at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway M-F from 8:30-4:30. In addition Senior Advocates visit over 50 sites throughout the county to provide assistance. For the current Senior Advocate schedule please visit the calendar link on our home page.