Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center / Washington County ADRC/ Home of NY Connects
Alert - COVID 19 Municipal Center Open by Appointment Only
Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center is currently operating within a State of Emergency Declaration. To accommodate this, our building is closed and seeing people by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am until 4:30pm. Our NY Connects Call Center is still operational during these business hours.
Please note that the eligibility guidelines for Home Delivered Meals has been adjusted during this COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility criteria is now open to Washington County residents age 60 and older.
To contact us, please call Washington County NY Connects at 1-800-848-3303 or e-mail us at: OfficeForTheAging@co.washington.ny.us
We thank you for your understanding during this unchartered time.
We NEED you to be SAFE and stay HEALTHY!
STAY HOME, STOP THE SPREAD, SAVE LIVES!
NYS In-Home Vaccination Points of Contact
Vaccinating all New Yorkers is a top priority for returning to some semblance of normalcy. Not everyone is able to travel to one of the many sites that are offering COVID-19 vaccines. New York State, in partnership with counties, established local points of contact to expand access to vaccines through an in-home vaccination program for those who are home bound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider. Click on the Document Link below for more information.
NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. In addition, the program can provide temporary rental assistance and assistance with unpaid utility bills.
Mission / Vision- Office for Aging
The Washington County Office for Aging is committed to Service, Education and Advocacy to meet the needs of Washington County's older adults.
To be the entry point for information and access to a comprehensive system of consumer based services for older adults and their families, with particular attention to the socially, physically and economically isolated, such that they can retain their dignity and remain successfully independent in their homes and communities.
The New York State Office for Aging has designated Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities Resource Center as the official area agency on aging under the Federal Older Americans Act. Funding for services is made possible through federal and state grants, as well as, the Washington County Board of Supervisors.
NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
NY Project Hope is the statewide crisis counseling response to COVID-19. Helpline callers can reach a trained crisis counselor seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. The calls are free, confidential, and anonymous. New Yorkers can also visit NY Project Hope’s website: NYProjectHope.org to find resources, strategies, and tips to help cope during COVID. NY Project Hope is a program of the NYS Office of Mental Health and is funded by FEMA.
Washington County Office for Aging and Disabilities' 2021 Holiday Schedule.
Be Prepared in a Medical Emergency
Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency develops. Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious long-term health conditions who appear to have a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Washington County Office for Aging is Temporarily Suspending ALL in-person public programs.
Effective 3/16/2020, the Washington County Office for Aging is temporarily closing all congregate senior dining centers and mobile “pop-up” events for an undetermined amount of time. All home delivered meal recipients will continue to have meals delivered.
This measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus amongst those 60 and above. Older adults are the highest risk level group and should use caution when attending large gatherings.
For more information on COVID-19, please go to the following County website:
• or call the New York State Department of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Anyone with questions or concerns, please contact the Office for Aging at 518-746-2420.
Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers
The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The PSAs feature a message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. Social Security and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. The scammers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments for help with purported identity theft, or to avoid arrest for bogus Social Security number problems.
“I want every American to know that if a suspicious caller states there is a problem with their Social Security number or account, they should hang up and never give the caller money or personal information. People should then go online to oig.ssa.gov to report the scam call to Social Security,” said Commissioner Saul.
People should also be on the lookout for a new version of this scam. Fraudsters are now emailing fake documents in attempts to get people to comply with their demands. Victims have received emails with attached letters and reports that appear to be from Social Security or the OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government jargon to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.
The new PSA addressing the telephone impersonation scheme is available online at www.youtube.com/socialsecurity and below:
Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person, or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should just hang up.
Generally, the agency mainly calls people who have recently applied for a Social Security benefit, someone who is already receiving payments and requires an update to their record, or a person who has requested a phone call from the agency. If a person is not in one of these situations, they normally would not receive a call from the agency.
Social Security will not:
Tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended.
Contact you to demand an immediate payment.
Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, a retail gift card, or cash.
Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe.
Promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money.
If there is a problem with a person’s Social Security number or record, in most cases Social Security will mail a letter. If a person needs to submit payments to Social Security, the agency will send a letter with instructions and payment options. People should never provide information or payment over the phone or Internet unless they are certain of who is receiving it.
To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.
Through Washington County NY Connects, the Washington County Office for Aging’s Adult Services Unit received a referral about suspected financial exploitation of an elderly woman by her caregivers. It was alleged that the caregivers were stealing the elderly woman’s Social Security benefit, $17,000 cash, and had opened several credit cards in her name. Inaddition it was alleged that the caregivers were neglecting her basic needs,isolating her from others, and being emotionally abusive towards her.
The investigation required a team of professionals to get this woman justice, but it was Case Worker Heather Jett’s determination and drive that made sure everyone received the right information needed to hold the perpetrators accountable, and to assist the woman in receiving $17,000 in victim compensation from the NYS Office of Victim Services.
With Barbara’s consent, we are able to share her story with you: