SPEAK OUT 2015
There are more than 59,000 people in Rockland over the age of 60. The special needs of this population are the primary concern of the Rockland County Office for the Aging. We hope the information provided here will assist older Rocklanders and their families to locate and utilize information about the programs available to them.
The Rockland County Office for the Aging provides a variety of programs, either through its own efforts or through sub-contractors. The programs are designed to maintain maximum independence in the home and to provide employment and volunteer activities. Advocacy by and for the elderly is a prime activity. The goal is a comprehensive and coordinated county-wide system of services. Priorities for the year are outlined in the Annual Plan of the Office for the Aging.
June F. Molof, Director, Rockland County Office for the Aging
The Rockland County Office for the Aging is a planning, coordination, and grant-making agency, funded by the Rockland County Legislature, the New York State Office for the Aging, and Older Americans Act.
The Rockland County Office for the Aging offers a free caregiver respite program that pays for a weeklong stay in a licensed assistive living facility or nursing home. Respite is available for individuals 60 and older who reside in Rockland County and have a caregiver. This program is subject to availability and funding.
The CHORE Service offers FREE, simple household repairs for Rockland County senior citizens, ages 60+, and people with disabilities. Repairs include fixing leaking faucets and toilets, replacing light bulbs and smoke detector batteries, installing grab bars, replacing switches, light fixtures and plugs on lamps, putting plastic on windows, weather stripping and hanging pictures. No outdoor work, no emergency repairs. There is a charge for materials. Contributions to the Chore Service are appreciated. Services now offered through Home Aides of Rockland. Contact Tom Ternquist at 845-634-2024.
(Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly Program) - Provides case management and non-medical in-home services to income-eligible seniors 60 and over. Potential clients cannot be receiving assistance from Medicaid or any other entitlement program.
The Empower New York program offers no-cost energy efficiency services to low-income (i.e. HEAP eligible) homeowners and renters. Diane Ricottone 845-364-2101.
(Home Energy Assistance Program) - People over age 60, who meet certain income guidelines or are collecting SSI, can be subsidized on their heating bills. Diane Ricottone 845-364-2101.
(Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program) - provides information, education and counseling about Medicare and other health insurances to all Medicare beneficiaries and their loved ones.
"Looking Forward" Newsletter
Provides people with information on current issues relating to seniors. Published bimonthly.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Certified volunteers who act as advocates for residents in nursing homes, adult homes and assisted living facilities. They work to resolve problems and concerns for the residents.
Senior Care Helpline
Preliminary telephone evaluation of long-term care needs. Referrals to appropriate service programs ranging from delivery of meals to nursing home placements. Follow-ups on calls.
Provides training and employment opportunities for low-income people age 55 and older.
For Rockland residents 60 and over who need transportation to medical appointments. Sheila Berman: 845-364-2108
Learn how you can volunteer.
For general information including obtaining senior housing lists, discount bus passes, legal referrals, directories, etc., please call our Main Desk at 845-364-2110