It is the mission of Lewis County Office for the Aging to provide services to all
Lewis County seniors in need. This will be accomplished through advocacy and the development of a service delivery system at the local level. The Office for the Aging works with federal, state, local officials; elderly constituents; service providers; and the private/volunteer sector to coordinate existing services and stimulate new ones. The Office for the Aging prepares a multi-year plan with annual updates to identify the needs and services; sets objectives and priorities which will accommodate the needs of our seniors.
EISEP: This is the Expanded In-home Services Program. This program enables seniors to remain independent in their local community through assistance such as Case Management, Personal Care and Housekeeping/Chore services, and personal emergency response system. Call OFA for more information.
HEAP: Heating and Energy Assistance Program. Office for the Aging works with DSS in filling HEAP applications for residents in Lewis County. This service is designed to aid low income households to manage their utility bills.
Nutritional Programs: Our office provides approximately 47,000 meals to seniors per year. We provide Congregate and Home Delivered meals. For a listing of Congregate sites or Home Delivered guidelines please contact Tina or Vicki at our office. View the Meal Site Menu page on our website for a calendar of daily meals.
Transportation: OFA currently subcontracts the transportation services to the Volunteer Transportation Center (VTC) in Watertown, NY. For further information or to register for the program, please call the OFA office at 376-5313 and ask for Nancy. Public Transportation is also available through Lewis County. For more information on how you can ride the bus, call 376-6508 and/or visit the County website through this link: Lewis County Public Transportation.
Outreach: Our Outreach workers provided over 4,000 hours of outreach last year. Our workers are familiar with our programs and how they may suit your needs as well as provide Friendly Visiting in the home, assisting the most vulnerable, isolated seniors.
EPIC: Our Staff is well informed in the latest changes to the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage.
HIICAP: Health Insurance Information Counseling. We offer quite a variety of Insurance counseling. Our staff and volunteers are knowledgeable on various insurance services for seniors of Lewis County. Counseling is available for programs such as Medigap, Retirements, Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Dru and low income benefit programs.
Legal: We contract our legal services for seniors in Lewis County to a local attorney's firm. Our Legal Services are primarily information and advice, primarily focusing on Powers Of Attorney and Health Care Proxy's. Unfortunately we cannot assist seniors with will or contracts
Advisory Council: Lewis County Office for the Aging operates with the advice of an Advisory Council that meets periodically to make suggestions and review activities so that we may serve seniors more effectively and more efficiently.
Caregiver/Respite: The Lewis County Office for the Aging is proud to provide caregiver services to individuals who are taking care of older persons, over the age of 60, in their homes or older persons who are caregivers for younger children under the age of 18. The Lewis County Office for the Aging can provide information and assistance through a variety of resources to include information on Alzheimer's Disease.
Support Group: A monthly support group is open to all caregivers. It meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Office for the Aging.