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Office for the Aging

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Contact: Kathy Fox, Director

Address:
109 Mary Street
Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350

Phone: 315-867-1121

Fax: 315-867-1448

Email: hcofa@herkimercounty.org

Donations can be sent to:

Herkimer County Office for the Aging
109 Mary Street Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350

Donations can be made in someones memory or on someones behalf. You can specify which program you would like the donate to.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day” —Sally Koch

Hours of Operation:

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm

From Memorial Day to Labor Day (summer hours)
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Age Friendly Community Needs Assessment

In 2020 the Herkimer County Office for the Aging was awarded a grant from the New York State Office for the Aging in collaboration with the New York State Departments of Health and State. The grant is designed to assist counties with incorporating healthy, age-friendly community principles into all relevant policies, plans, ordinances, and programs. Herkimer County's aim in pursuing this initiative is to develop and promote resources that will contribute to healthier living environments in communities throughout the County, and help improve the quality of life for residents of all ages. Toward those ends, the Office for the Aging worked with other regional agencies and organizations, including the Herkimer County Administrator, Herkimer County HealthNet, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, Herkimer Industrial Development, Herkimer County DSS, Herkimer Working Solutions, and Herkimer County Community College to form the Herkimer County Age Friendly Coalition.  

Over the past year the Coalition has been meeting to discuss ideas and strategies for developing communities that meet AARP's and the World Health Organization's definition of "age friendly." The Coalition also worked with Herkimer County Community College to recruit a student volunteer, Julie Benhoff, to create an original logo for the initiative. Ms. Benhoff graduated Magna Cum Laude in May from Herkimer County Community College with an associate's degree in Fine Arts. The logo she created will be featured on all Coalition materials and will help market the Age Friendly initiative.  

The Coalition has developed a survey to help identify community needs then determine what steps should be taken to make communities "age friendly." The survey will be distributed throughout Herkimer County this summer in both hard copy and electronic formats, and responses to the survey will be collected through February 2022. Adult residents of Herkimer County interested in completing the survey should visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWVVVSX.  or use the QR code below to access the survey.  Those who do not have access to a computer or who have questions about this initiative can call the Office for the Aging at 315-867-1121 for assistance. Paper copies of the survey can be mailed to county residents. Individuals interested in being a part of the Age Friendly Coalition can also use this number to receive more information. Once the survey is completed the Coalition will use the feedback gathered to develop a work plan for making Herkimer County communities "age friendly."

 

Meals on Wheels drivers and Mealsite Managers needed. Monday-Friday; 2-3 hours per day; hourly rate + mileage. Please call Dave @ 315-867-1414.

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The Herkimer County Office for the Aging (OFA) plans, funds, and delivers services to people aged 60 and older in Herkimer County.

As the authorized Area Agency on Aging, the Herkimer County Office for the Aging receives funds from donations, the federal government, NYS Office for the Aging and Herkimer County.

Our Goal; to help senior citizens remain in their homes, independently, for as long as possible, while giving priority to those with the greatest economic and social needs as well as older individuals at risk for institutional placement.

Our mission; to offer a wide range of supportive services with respect and dignity for the senior citizen population and their families.

The programs that we provide to seniors citizens are vitally important to them being able to maintain their independence. If anyone would like to donate to any of the programs that the Office for the Aging provides, it would be greatly appreciated and would assist us in continuing our mission.

Additional Contacts:

General Questions Regarding OFA Programs
Phone: 315-867-1121

In-Home services, Job Pool, Caregiver & Respite Services
Phone: 315-867-1124
Fax: 315-867-1448

Meals-on-Wheels, Congregate Meals and Nutrition Counseling
Phone: 315-867-1204

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
Phone: 315-867-1195

WRAP - Weatherization Referral Assistance Program
Assists low-income seniors with the weatherization of their homes in order to reduce home heating and energy costs. Possible projects include replacement of windows and doors that are leaking air, insulation, and energy efficient appliances. Eligibility criteria: Herkimer County resident, aged 60 or older, HEAP eligible, either own their own home (or have life use) or renters. There is no cost to the applicant.
Phone: 315-867-1370

In-Home Services

Services include shopping assistance, homemaking, and personal care services. These services are available to homebound and/or disabled seniors aged 60 and older. These programs are operated either directly by OFA or the Alternatives in Long Term Care Unit.

One of these services, EISEP, (pronounced eye-sep) is for those who have incomes above the Medicaid level.

Another service, the Companion-Homemaker Program, provides light housekeeping and shopping for 2 hours every other week for those who qualify. Call 867-1124

Legal Aid

Available in the areas of public entitlement, family law, landlord and tenant disputes, wills and consumer problems through a contract with the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.

Call 867-1124 or 867-1415 - For people under age 60, please call Legal Aid directly at 793-7000.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The 2020-2021 HEAP season opens on November 2, 2020 and is still currently open. HEAP provides assistance with heating bills. The Office for the Aging staff can assist individuals over the age of 60 years of age who do not receive SNAP benefits complete the application. Staff...

Health Insurance Information, Counseling, & Assistance Program (HIICAP)

If you are in need of health insurance information, counseling, and assistance, the Office for the Aging contracts with Catholic Charities of Herkimer County for this service.

Senior Awards

Each year the Advisory Council of the Office for the Aging awards 2 awards to Herkimer County senior citizens. The two awards are: "Senior Citizen of the Year" and "Outstanding Contribution."

Alzheimer's Association of Central New York

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Alzheimer's Association provides many services and supports to families managing Alzheimer's disease.

Job Pool & Meaningful Service Opportunities

The Job Pool Registry is a registry of names of area people interested in working for seniors. The Job Pool is designed to connect seniors who need private hire assistance with people who are willing to provide these services.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services include home delivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, nutrition counseling and Farmer Market Coupons. Last year we served over 90,000 meals.

Transportation

We provide transportation to Herkimer County senior citizens who are age 60 or older. If the senior citizen needs assistance due to mobility issues or dementia-related confusion, another adult, who may be younger than age 60, may accompany the senior in order to provide necessary assistance.

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