SOCIAL WORK SERVICES AT THE CENTER
The Center has a Social Caseworker available to meet with members on a one-on-one basis to provide assistance with personal and family concerns during the Center’s business hours.
The Social Caseworker can also provide information on referrals to community-based programs and services.
Completes assessments for financial assistance for Center Class fees.
FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM
Coordinates the linkage of homebound seniors to volunteers for companionship.
HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION COUNSELING AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Provides linkage to trained HIICAP Counselors.
SENIOR CENTER ON THE MOVE
Scheduled visits are made to Independent Senior Housing Complexes. Services that are normally provided at Center are brought to you.
SHORT-TERM NON-CLINICAL COUNSELING
Available to discuss concerns on a short term basis with assessment for clinical referrals if needed.
Facilitates groups to provide assistance with issues of concern. We currently have a support group for Caregivers, Grandparents, Mens, and Widow/Widowers.
Works in collaboration with individual treatment goals to maximize Center
SOCIAL WORK SERVICES FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS
Senior Outreach Services (SOS) is a government funded program that strives to assist persons age 60 and older and their families who wish to maintain independent living in their homes.
Case Management-The SOS staff provides assessment and re-assessment, care planning, arranging for services, follow-up, monitoring and discharge to ensure their needs are being met.
Community Services-The SOS staff can provide you with information and application assistance for home delivered meal program, transportation services, home care, social adult day program, personal emergency response buttons, and caregiver services.
Application Assistance for Government Programs-The SOS staff can assist with the completion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Medicare Savings Program (MSP), Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) and others.
Information and Referral-The SOS Staff can assist you with finding community resources, support groups, housing options, accessibility home improvement programs and health insurance.
The Senior Outreach Services (SOS) staff will visit homebound seniors in their homes or in one of our SOS offices below:
· Amherst: (Main Office)
Amherst Center for Senior Services
370 John James Audubon Parkway
Office hours are 8:30-4:30, please call for appointment
Clarence Senior Center
4600 Thompson Road
633-5138 or 636-3070
Office hours are 9:30-11:00 and walk-ins are accepted at this location.
Akron/Newstead Senior Center
5691 Cummings Road
542-6645 or 636-3070
Office hours are the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00-3:00, and the third Wednesday of the month from 10:00-12:00. Walk-ins are accepted at this location.
Senior Outreach Services is funded by the New York State Office for the Aging, Erie County Department of Senior Services, the Towns of Amherst (lead agency), Clarence, Newstead and also the Village of Williamsville.