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SENIOR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

 The Senior Services Social Worker visits clients in their homes or at the Senior Center Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  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 Services Social Worker at 203-272-8030.  

 

MEDICARE COUNSELING

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

 

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

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

 

ASSISTANCE AT HOME

COMPANION AND HANDYMAN LISTING: Care Network Link™ Stay Home with Us™. Care Network Link is a FREE on-line resource for Connecticut seniors who are looking for ways to continue living at home as their needs for assistance and support increase.  Whether you are a senior or a family member, Care Network Link gives you access to credentialed service providers as well as special discounts for the services you want, including: Personal Care Assistants, Homemaking, Companion, Emergency Response Systems, Home Modifications, Professional Organizing, Hearing Evaluations, Respite, Live-In Care, Home Delivered Meals and more.  Care Network Link™ Stay Home with Us™ is located at One Long Wharf Drive, Suite 1L, New Haven, CT 06511. Telephone (203) 495-1655 Email: info@CareNetworkLink.org (this website is not affiliated with the Town of Cheshire).

  

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 contact the Senior Services Social Worker at 203-272-8030.

 

OTHER

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 contact the Senior Services Social Worker at 203-272-8030.

 

NON CURBSIDE TRASH COLLECTION

This service is available when all occupants of the residence are 70 years of age or physically disabled.  Each resident of the household must provide:

  • Proof of age with a birth certificate or valid Connecticut driver’s license OR
  • Certification from a health care provider.

Applications are available from the Public Works Department (203 271-6650). The Director of Public Works must approve each application.


 HELPFUL LINKS

  • Local elderly Tax Relief Programs information.
  • The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, people with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.
  • End Hunger Connecticut!, an anti-hunger organization, designed this web-site to help people in Connecticut get food stamps.
  • The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) is a private non-profit organization that receives federal and state funds, which are distributed to adult day care centers, local social services agencies, nutrition, and transportation programs. All programs are available to individuals 60 years or older; some services are targeted to frail, low income and/or minority elderly. Limited services are available to Western CT (Cheshire included) area residents below age of 60. 
  • Connecticut Legal Services is a private, non-profit, civil law firm dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice. The bulk of our work consists of providing civil law representation and counseling to thousands of low-income families and individuals each year. We help our clients use the law to meet basic life needs. 
  • The official U.S. government site for Medicare.
Last updated on Monday, September 18, 2017