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.

Please contact either Vijaya Tomar. MSW at 636-3055 ext. 3165, vtomar@amherst.ny.us or Maddie Turano, MSW ext. 3129, mturano@amherst.ny.us to make an appointment.

FEE WAIVER

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

(HIICAP)                                                          

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.


SUPPORT GROUPS

Facilitates groups to provide  assistance with issues of concern. See Support Groups


SUPPORTIVE MEMBERSHIP

Works in collaboration with individual treatment goals to maximize Center

engagement ability.

 
Smiling Senior Couple

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.


Services:

  • 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

636-3070

Office hours are 8:30-4:30, please call for appointment


· Clarence:

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.


· Newstead:

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.