Transportation in Eastern Connecticut is provided by a number of entities depending on the geographic location.
Check with your local senior center to see if they provide transporation. For a listing of senor centers click here.
Under Title III of the Older Americans Act, Senior Resources provides funding for home and community based services. While not all services are funded in all areas, the following is a list of the various services which may be funded with Older Americans Act funding.
For information on the availability of the services in your area, please call Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 or 1-800-690-6998.
Nutrition is a key component to staying well. Many aspects of aging can significantly impact our ability to eat and drink well. Limited mobility, fixed income, medical conditions, chewing and swallowing problems, depression, arthritis, poor vision, and memory loss are just some of the contributors to less than adequate or poor quality intake.
Senior Resources coordinates and/or funds several options for improving nutrition assistance, access and education to persons over 60 years old including Older Americans Act Title IIIC Elderly Nutrition Programs, caregiver education and support, benefits screening and referral to additional local agencies.
Senior Resources is leading the way in providing highly qualified Nutrition Assessors and Educators for our clients. Registered Dietitians with advanced degrees and specialized certifications plan and provide a variety of services and programs in our area; including menu development, monitoring, educational material creation, research, individualized counseling and assessment.
Please contact us at 860-887-3561 or 1-800-690-6998 if you have a specific question.
Community Cafes (Congregate Meal Program)
Community Cafes offer a nutritious meal in a social setting where participants can gather, eat well, have fun and discover additional resources in their area. Anonymous donations are requested but not required. Menus are developed monthly to meet 1/3 of the daily Dietary Reference Intake for seniors and include special events, ethnic themes and traditional favorites along with low fat milk, whole grain breads and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Group nutrition education is offered quarterly at each congregate meal site. Please contact the café in your area for specific serving times and to make reservations.
For a list of Community Cafes in eastern Connecticut click here.
Meals on Wheels
Home delivered meals are provided to seniors who cannot leave their home on a regular basis. Meals are typically delivered hot as a midday meal with an additional cold meal for the evening when necessary. The daily contact with friendly and specially trained drivers is a tremendous additional benefit. Meals are federally funded but donations are requested. Each meal provides 1/3 of the daily Dietary Reference Intake for seniors with an overall plan well suited for low sodium, cardiac, diabetic and many other dietary concerns.
Home delivered meal recipients are visited by one of our Registered Dietitians annually for an individualized in-home assessment with education and counseling as needed. This is also an opportunity to insure that other potential service needs are being met and that the homebound client has similar access to services offered through our offices and local senior centers.
To start Meals on Wheels, contact:
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA):
81 Stockhouse Road
Bozrah, CT 06334
(800) 560-5015 or (860) 886-1720;
www.tvcca.org serving New London and Windham Counties
Community Renewal Team, Inc.
555 Windsor Street
Hartford, CT 06120
www.crtct.org serving upper Middlesex County
Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc.
220 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475
http://ecsenior.org/ serving lower Middlesex County
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs
Senior Resources can assist with application and use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamps. Seniors enjoy a less complicated application process and a less frequent re-evaluation period (2 years v. 6 months) than non-senior applicants. SNAP benefits are now provided in a less conspicuous way by use of a debit card.
Seniors receive between $20 and $200 per month for the purchase of food, based on need. Find more information at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ or try the pre-screening tool at ctfoodstamps.org/. Consider having a benefit screening through the Benefits Counseling program for more holistic approach to meeting a variety of needs. Seniors may qualify for additional programs which help with the whole financial, physical and emotional needs of aging. There is a definite benefit to applying to some programs in particular order or through less complicated methods. The end result is a better plan of making life better and healthier.
Farmers Market Program
Farmers Market Vouchers are distributed to eligible recipients during the summer and fall. Seniors can get a packet of vouchers worth approximately $15 to spend at a local Farmer’s Market.
Food Pantries are available in many areas. Times of service and location can vary. Please contact your local senior center or call the State Information line 2-1-1 for the most up to date information.
For more information about meals or assistance with food, please call Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 or 1-800-690-6998.
The Mobile Food Pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins, and other healthy foods for FREE distribution to individuals and families in need. Click here for the Mobile Food Pantry schedule.
CT Caregiver Resource Guide
Connecticut’s National Family Caregivers Support Program
Caregivers often find the task of caring for another person to be consuming. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally. Senior Resources offers a wide range of support services that are funded by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
For the purposes of this program, the term ‘caregiver’ means an adult relative, or another individual (age 18 and over) who is an informal provider of in-home and/or community care to a person age 60 and over OR a grandparent or relative caregiver caring for an adult child age 19 to 59 with disabilities.
Respite care enables caregivers to be temporarily relieved of their caregiving responsibilities. There are two options for respite care:
- Traditional – caregivers receive respite care through a licensed service provider such as a skilled or non-skilled service agency
- Self-Directed – allows caregivers to select, hire, and supervise individuals other than a spouse or conservator to provide respite care.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will fund respite services such as adult day care, homemakers, and home health aides. Each caregiver's needs are individually determined after an in-depth assessment.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will partially fund items such as durable medical equipment not covered by insurance, or one-time emergency needs. The items covered by the program are based on the specific needs of individuals.
Cost Share Contribution
The National Family Caregiver Support Program requests a cost share contribution toward the cost of services received based on the care recipient’s monthly income.
Priority will be given to older individuals with greatest social and economic need, with particular attention to low-income older individuals and older individuals providing care and support to persons with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.
Please contact Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 pr 1-800-690-6998 for more information or eligibility for our programs.
To download a copy of the program application click here.
The Respite Care Program is designed to provide a break, or a limited time of caregiver relief, from the constant physical and emotional stress of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Family caregivers generally find that the task of caring for a person with dementia is overwhelming. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup, both physically and emotionally.
Funded by the State Unit on Aging and operated in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut Chapter and the Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging, the program offers an opportunity to purchase respite services from an approved community services or private provider for the individual with Alzheimer’s, or the option of receiving an assessment of services needed and the development of a limited care plan. The program may subsidize the cost of services not to exceed an amount of up to $7,500 per year, however, this funding is contingent updon available funding and subject to the applicant's level of need as determined by the Care Manager. Funding is available for respite services that include, but are not limited to: Adult Day Care, Home Health Aide, Personal Care Assistant, Homemaker, Companion, Nursing Care, Personal Emergency Response System or short term nursing home or assisted living care. Funds may be used for daytime or overnight respite.
Eligibility for this program
In order to access the Respite Care Program, a complete application must be submitted to Senior Resources.
Dementia Diagnosis: The Applicant or authorized agent must provide a completed “Physician Statement” form (included in the application) from a physician stating that the patient has a diagnosis of irreversible and deteriorating dementia. Dementias may include but are not limited to: Alzheimer’s Disease, Multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Huntington's Disease, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, or Pick's Disease.
The individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia must meet financial eligibility requirements to participate in this program. In addition, a 20% co-payment of the cost of the service is required.
Income: The individual with dementia cannot have an income of more than $46,897.00 a year, or have liquid assets of more than $124,679.00.
The following are considered income:
Social Security, Supplemental Security, Railroad Retirement income; pensions; wages; interest; dividends; net rental income; veteran’s pension; and any other payments received on a one-time or recurring basis. If accounts are jointly owned with a spouse, 50% of the total interest income in the account will be counted as applicant income.
The following are considered liquid assets:
Checking accounts, savings accounts, individual retirement accounts, certificates of deposits, stocks, or bonds that can be converted into cash within 20 working days. If an asset is jointly owned with a spouse, 50% of the total asset value will be counted as the applicant’s asset.
Other considerations: The individual with dementia cannot be receiving services from the Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders.
If there is an individual authorized to act on behalf of the individual with dementia (such as a Conservator or Power of Attorney), documentation of this designation should be provided with the application.
For more information contact Senior Resources – Agency on Aging at 860-887-3561.
The Need for Respite and Supplemental Service
Grandparents and other relative caregivers stepping in to raise their kin children can find the task at hand exhausting. Much has changed from the first time around raising children often leaving the relative caregiver in search of respite. An occasional break from caregiving enables the exhausted relative caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally from his/her caregiving responsibilities. Senior Resources offers a wide range of support services that are funded by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
What is Money Follows the Person?
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration program that helps Medicaid-eligible individuals currently living in long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes, hospitals and other qualified institutions – successfully transition back into the community.
Who is eligible?
To participate in the program, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and living in a long-term care or hospital setting for at least three months. He should have an interest in living in the community and be eligible for one of the community service packages.
How does it work?
Based on the person's individual needs, MFP provides the funds, services and support he needs for a successful transition into the community. In addition to returning to his home, housing options include individual apartments, assisted living and group homes. A care management team will assess what level of care – including the type and amount of services - the person will need to be safe while in the community.
How do I learn more?
For more information or to make a referral to the program please visit the Money Follows the Person web site at www.ct.gov/dss/mfp or call 1-888-99CTMFP (1-888-992-8637).
Senior Resources provides services to assist older individuals, individuals with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. In addition, we provide funding to community-based agencies for services such as adult day care, homemakers, home health aides and transportation.
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