The Senior Services Social Worker visits clients in their homes or at the Senior Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Social Worker provides information and runs support groups for caregivers as well as providing social, support, investigative and referral services to our seniors. The Social Worker also oversees the volunteers who visit homebound seniors and works with a crisis worker or the police in situations that require such intervention.
For more information contact the Senior Center at 203-272-8030.
One on one counseling on Medicare the national health insurance program for: People 65 years of age and older, certain persons under the age of 65 who are disabled and those who have end stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring a transplant or dialysis). For additional information go to www.medicare.gov
Medicare Savings Plan (MSP): Pays the Medicare Part B premium for eligible Connecticut Medicare Beneficiaries, gives qualified individuals Medigap coverage and automatically qualifies individuals for the Low Income Subsidy program which has replaced ConnPACE. MSP is based on their marital status and either their projected current tax year Federal Gross Income or the prior year's actual Federal Tax Return gross income. Asset limits apply to program qualification at certain levels of the MSP program. Click here for more information and an application to this program.
Medigap (AKA Medicare Supplemental Polices): Medicare does not cover 100% of a medical event. Consequently, many Beneficiaries choose to purchase a Medigap or Medicare Supplemental policy to cover all or a portion of these remaining expenses. In order to be eligible for a Medigap policy you must be enrolled in Medicare A & B. Click here for the most up to date rate chart.
Medicaid: The Medicaid program provides for remedial, preventive, and long term medical care for the income eligible aged, blind or disabled. Individuals who meet both the income and asset eligibility criteria are eligible for Medicaid. The program objectives are supported by certain key services provided to recipients both in the come community and at home. "Home and community-based care" waivers allow for the provision of certain non-medical services in order to avoid more costly institutionalization of individuals. Click here for more information and applications to this program.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food. SNAP also provides education about nutrition to help recipients choose foods that enhance their health and well being. Click here to learn more about the SNAP program or to apply.
COMPANION LISTING: The Senior Center maintains a list of people who are interested in working as “Companions”. The list has been compiled to provide seniors with names, telephone numbers and skills information about people who are available for hire. Applicants are interviewed and references are checked. Fees, hours and all other arrangements are up to you and your prospective employee. For further information, call the Senior Center at 203-272-8286.
OUTREACH SERVICES: The Cheshire Senior Center offers outreach services to the town’s homebound elderly. The program is designed to fill some of the gaps in services experienced by homebound and/or isolated elderly individuals. The social worker will assist with financial matters, insurance forms, and medical bills or provide counseling services. Outreach services are confidential and free of charge. For more information, call the Senior Center at 203-272-8286.
HANDYMAN LISTING: The Center has compiled a listing of local handyman willing to do small jobs at a minimal charge which is available at the Senior Center. The Handyman Listing also includes a list of driver's. For more information, call the Senior Center at 203-272-8286.
C.H.A.T. (Cheshire Home Safety Awareness Team): Working to improve the safety and quality of life for Senior citizens through educational programs is the primary function of C.H.A.T. Programs of general interest are offered free to all Cheshire Senior citizens and are held at the Center. For further information, call the Senior Center at 203-272-8286.