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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Resource Center (ADRC) 2022 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 mobile “pop-up” events for an undetermined amount of time. Whitehall Meal Site is serving as a "take out" meal only. Cambridge Meal Site and Kingsbury/Fort Edward Senior Site is open and operational. 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.
Inspector General Warns of Newest Imposter Scam Tactic
Scammers are using U.S. mail delivery to send fraudulent letters, advising the recipient to call a toll-free number to activate an increase in SSA benefits, such as a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The letters appear to be from an SSA official and are designed to look like real SSA letterhead; however, they are not from SSA.
Inspector General Ennis is reminding the public that the COLA is automatic for all SSA beneficiaries and does not require activation. Beneficiaries can view their COLA notice online through their personal my Social Security account at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/.
Inspector General Ennis previously warned about scammers using the real names of SSA and OIG officials—many of which are publicly available on the Internet. Common tactics include scammers citing “badge numbers” of law enforcement officers, sending emails with attachments containing real personal information about a fake “investigation,” or phishing for personal information by texting links to click on and “learn more” about a Social Security-related problem.
Recognizing the signs of a scam can help you avoid falling victim to one. It’s a scam if someone:
- Threatens to suspend your Social Security number
- Warns of arrest or legal action
- Demands immediate payment
- Requires payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, Internet currency, or by mailing cash
- Pressures you for personal information (date of birth, SSN or bank account number)
- Requests secrecy
- Threatens to seize your bank account
- Promises to increase your Social Security benefit
- Tries to gain your trust by providing fake “documentation” or false “evidence”
- Makes demands and threats, or requests immediate action.
“Social Security will never threaten, scare, or pressure you to take an immediate action,” Inspector General Ennis said. “If you receive a suspicious call, text message, email, or letter hang up immediately or ignore the message. Visit ssa.gov and contact SSA directly if you have ongoing business to resolve.”
Inspector General Ennis also advises that if you owe money to Social Security, SSA will mail you a letter with payment options and appeal rights. SSA will also send a letter to notify beneficiaries about the COLA; however, it is automatic and does not require activation.
Visit our website https://oig.ssa.gov to report Social Security-related scams. Our scam awareness page provides more information about scams and past alerts. Follow SSA OIG on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. Please share this information with your friends and family to help protect them from Social Security-related scams.
Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected Social Security fraud to the OIG at https://oig.ssa.gov.
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: