Each year, with funding from Title III of the Older Americans Act, Elder Services offers a limited number of Subgrants to local organizations to fund services and workshops which expand the availability of services for Berkshire seniors and caregivers. Here are the current list of programs and services available to the public through these Subgrants:
- Alzheimer’s Association: Caregiver Education Series - Six freestanding two-hour workshops for caregivers will be presented at ESBC, usually in April and May. Topics will include: What is Dementia? Interacting with the Person, Planning for the Future, Caring for the Person at Home, Asking for Help, and Taking Care of Yourself. The schedule will be published in ESBC’s monthly newspaper, Berkshire Senior.
- Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.: Medical Reassurance Service - provides seniors with medication reminders by telephone as often as three times per day. The callers also check on the seniors’ health and well-being.
- Community Legal Aid: The Berkshire Elder Law Project - provides seniors with advice, advocacy, representation and other direct legal services pertaining to civil matters.
- Porchlight Visiting Nurse Association: Registered Nurse (RN) In-Home Visits – registered nurses provide one-time in-home visits for single visits not covered by Medicare. Such visits may include, but are not limited to: single injections, review and clarification of medications, removal of catheters, wound or dressing changes, and monitoring of anti-coagulant levels.
- Porchlight Visiting Nurse Association: Move in Time: a Falls Prevention Workshop - Porchlight VNA sends physical or occupational therapists to various senior settings, such as Councils on Aging, and assisted living, retirement and senior housing communities, to conduct 6-week interactive workshops on Falls Prevention.
- Premier Home Health Care: In-Home Respite – provides temporary relief services (such as personal care, homemaking, or companion services) for caregivers of individuals over age 60 affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
FY 2016 Title III Subgrant Letter of Intent and Request for Proposals
Those interested in any of these programs may call Rhonda Serre at 499-0524 or 1-800-544-5242.
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