Outreach and Advocate Center

Auguoutreach.jpg

Homebound?
Please call for a visit from our social worker Linda Colby at 774-212-6925.

HEARING CLINIC
Monday, November 13th & December 11th
1:00 PM
A wonderful free program, sponsored by Mass Audiology. Make your appointment to meet Susanne Capra, Hearing Instrument Specialist. Services provided will include a visual inspection of both ears, a hearing screening, and a cleaning with check-up of existing hearing instruments.
Call X1330 to schedule your appointment

Caregivers’ Support Group
November 17th and December 8th at 10:30 AM
Our Outreach Coordinator facilitates the program that meets on the second Friday of the month. This program is structured to benefit anyone who is caring for a loved one with numerous health conditions. Professional guest speakers will provide additional resources and supportive information.
To participate, pre-registration is required for your attendance by calling our center at 508-394-7606 X1335.

Cape Cod Elder Abuse Coalition
November 27th &
NO December Meeting 2017
1:00 PM

Our mission is to be a coalition that advocates and supports seniors of all genders to live independently, with dignity, and to live safely without worry of abuse of any kind. We will accomplish this through a cross-disciplinary collaboration, engaging our community in education and outreach, and making those who abuse accountable. We will assist and support each other in a shared belief that all people are entitled to a life free of violence. All towns welcome. Lead representatives: Chris Morin, Independence House and Joe Gordon, County Sheriff.

Clutterers Support Group
Group meets every Wednesday @ 2:00 PM
“Clutterers Support Group is a program for people who share a common problem with accumulation of clutter. The group focuses on the underlying issues made manifest by unnecessary physical and emotional clutter.” Call Linda Colby, MSW,LCSW at 508-394-7606, X1337.

Elder Services Lunch Program


Healthy, delicious hot meals are served at our Center four days per week. A voluntary donation of
$3.00 per person is recommended, and lunches are served on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Friday. Please call to review the menu for each week and make reservations by calling 508-398-5060, 24 hours in advance, before 11:00 AM.

Image result for senior hot meal program images

brown bagBrown-Bag Food Program . . . Do You Qualify?
Brown-Bag Food Program . . . Do You Qualify?
We will distribute one bag of food, once a month, to seniors and families who live in Yarmouth. If you are receiving one or more of the following assistance programs: Mass Health, Veterans Aid, SSI, AFDC, Food Stamps, WIC, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, or TA, you may be eligible. If you would like to qualify to receive a bag of food each month, you will need to file a “one-time” application by the fourth week of the month in order to qualify for the following month. If you have already qualified, pick up is scheduled for November 3rd and December 1st.Please call our Outreach Department for additional information @ X1335.

Image result for meals on wheels images

Meals are delivered between 10 AM and Noon, Monday through Friday, except holidays. If you’re isolated and homebound, you can arrange for extra meals that you can use over the weekend. It’s easy to start delivery of Meals on Wheels. Simply call Information & Referral at 508-394-4630 or  1-800-244-4630.

“Drivers Needed” - just 2 hours any day, Monday thru Friday, mileage reimbursement, rewarding for both drivers and recipients. Call Gail or Tracy 508-398-5060.



November Meals on Wheels
December Meals on Wheels
Holiday Tips 2017


Image result for Snap food images
SNAP - Food Program

There are special eligibility rules for seniors age 60+ to receive SNAP benefits.
Your net income may be over the limit, but there are many expenses you can deduct that may bring you down the eligibility guideline. The application is short and easy to fill out.
If you think you may be eligible, please make an appointment by calling Outreach

TAX-AIDE IS ALMOST HERE!!
Tax-Aide, co-sponsored by the IRS and AARP, is the nation's largest income tax preparation service available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention paid to those 60 and older, beginning the first week in February.
Appointments are Wednesday and Thursday beginning on February 7th– April 12, 2018.
Call your Senior Center at 508-394-7606, X 1330 to schedule an appointment with one of our trained and certified volunteers.
Scheduling begins Monday, January 22, 2018.

scam protectionSCAM PROTECTION
Never give your credit card, banking, Social Security, Medicare numbers, or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call. Be skeptical of all unsolicited offers and thoroughly do your research. If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it; waiting could make it worse. Call Outreach.

Barnstable Veterans Services
Did you know that 955 case files exist for Yarmouth veterans or widows at the Barnstable office? Are you a Veteran or Widow in need of help? Please contact our Veterans Services Agent, 
Major Greg Quility USMC (ret.) Barnstable County Services Officer at the main office located on 66 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA.
Telephone: 508-778-8740 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Call for an office appointment or a home visit if you are a homebound Veteran or Widow.


  
Image result for mass options imagesMassOptions:
A new service linking elders, caregivers & individuals w/disabilities to services they need. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-844-422-6277 OR MassOptions.org -


Lifeline Program
: What Consumers Should Know Starting on December 2, 2016, Lifeline Program consumers will have the choice (where available) of applying their benefits to one type of service offering: fixed or mobile broadband internet; or landline or mobile voice service. Some carriers may offer bundled package of landline or mobile telephone service and broadband.
For additional information regarding the Lifeline program, contact the Consumer Division of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. Visit or Write: Consumer Division, Department of Telecomm   unications and Cable, 1000 Washington Street, Suite # 820, Boston, MA 02118.
    
                                         Image result for commonwealth of mass logo

Consumers Hotline-operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Call: 1-800-392-6066 Email: consumer.complaints@state.ma.us /
Web: www.mass.gov/dtc

ESCCI Resource Page for Elders/Families
Senior Care Options (SCO). The Mass Health Senior Care Options (SCO) program is a comprehensive health plan that covers all of the services reimbursable under Medicare and Mass Health through a senior-care organization and its network of providers. The SCO program offers Mass Health Standard members aged 65 or older quality health care that combines
health services with social support services. By coordinating care and specialized geriatric support services, along with respite care for families and caregivers, SCO offers advantages for eligible Mass Health members over traditional fee-for-service care. You must have both Medicare and Mass Health Standard coverage. Elders on this program qualify for in-home service, similar to those provided by Elder Services (home making, companion service, personal care, homedelivered meals, etc.) Alternate services are included at no cost such as medication coverage, hearing aids, dental services, etc. Cape Cod has two agencies which both provide SCO services; at this time SCO is not available for Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Elders participating in this program are not eligible for Elder Services.
Tufts Health plan - 855-880-0056 Navicare - 877-255-7108
Site for more information:
http://www.tuftsmedicarepreferred.org/plans
http://www.navicare.org
http://www.mass-gov/eohhs/provier/insurance/masshealth/senior-care-options/senior-care-options-sco-and-providers.html

Prescription Drug Disposal Notice
-
Image result for prescription drug image
Yarmouth Police Department has a secured Drug Turn In Drop Box at One Brad Erickson Way, West Yarmouth.  Open to the public anytime 24/7. We encourage all seniors to dispose of all outdated and unused prescription drugs as part of their Fall cleaning and New Year organization processes!


Masonic Angel Laptops for seniors Are you income eligible?

Masonic Angel Laptops for seniors is a technology access program for low-income senior citizens. Refurbished laptops and desktop computers are delivered to senior centers to be sent home with low-income seniors who know how to use them, but may not be able to buy one. 
A team of volunteers from the non-profit Masonic Angel Foundation refurbish the donated computers, donate them to the Senior Center for distribution to individuals meeting income 
eligibility and The Masonic Angel Foundation never knows the identity of those who receive the computers.  Program is completely confidential!  
Most of the laptops are configured with either Microsoft Windows 10 or with the google Chromium operating system, which is like a Chromebook. A home computer can provide socialization for a senior who is home bound. Social media can help connect family members and old friends and open a window to the outside world.

If you are a low-income senior who receives SNAP, fuel 
assistance, or rental assistance, you may want to sign up for o
ne of these free laptops.  If interested, please call Linda Colby, MSW, LCSW at X 1337 for additional information.