Joe Robach Endorses Program to Help Seniors Stay in Homes

The senior care program is designed to help the elderly remain in their own home or apartment as long as possible through the utilization of volunteers. Services rendered include transportation for medical appointments, grocery shopping assistance, and light errands. Calls are also taken from senior residents looking for help and/or information regarding particular problems. Referrals are made to appropriate agencies that can be of assistance.  Joe Robach has been instrumental in helping seniors in many aspects of life here in Monroe County.

In order to qualify for this program, you must be a Town of Greece resident, 55 years of age or older, residing in their own home or apartment and without immediate family support system (children) within the Rochester area. For more information, residents are asked to contact the Monroe County Office for the Aging.  The goal of Office for the Aging is to promote a safe and independent lifestyle through timely and responsive systems of protective services, long-term care, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services through a consumer-focused and coordinated service delivery system that protects, supports, and advocates for older residents of Monroe County.  The Office for the Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of Monroe County residents age 60 and over. Services are targeted to individuals with the greatest social and/or economic need, placing emphasis on serving those older persons who are low-income, minority and/or those with physical and mental disabilities.

In regards to the NYS budget for seniors in 2014, About 25,000 more seniors will receive help paying for prescription drugs under the final 2014-15 New York state budget.  The final budget deal — struck by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders late Friday — raises the income levels allowed to qualify for Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage.  Currently, the EPIC program assists more than 270,000 income-eligible seniors aged 65 and older supplement their out of pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs.  Joe Robach fought hard for seniors in this budget and will continue to do so into the future.

Joe Robach Helps Seniors with Housing Development

On March 29th, Developers of a proposed senior living community on Island Cottage Road in Greece are holding a public information meeting.  The four-building complex is slated for 9 acres of land at 391-491 Island Cottage Road, and would be named Hunter’s Crossing in honor of 7-year-old Hunter Resch, a Paddy Hill Elementary School first-grader who was the victim of a murder-suicide.  Joe Robach, for years, has fought for seniors and believes there is still much work to do in the Town of Greece related to senior housing.

To make way for the flat-roof three-story apartment buildings, existing barns on the site would be razed.  The site, bisected by Round Creek, is bordered by Route 390 and Island Cottage Road, an office complex and a Lifetime Assistance facility. Giardino said plans call for two buildings on each side of the creek, walking paths and outdoor amenities for residents such as bocce courts, a putting green, a vineyard and a community garden. He said the 1- and 2-bedroom apartments would offer luxury appointments such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

To move forward, developers need to have the parcel of land rezoned to multifamily senior zoning, which generally restricts occupancy to age 55 and up.  The public meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at Mother of Sorrows, 5000 Mt. Read Boulevard.

Recently in the Town of Greece, development of another senior living community began.  The project is located on the corner of Latta Rd. and Long Pond Rd.  Joe Robach has constantly worked with Town of Greece officials to make sure this project moved forward for seniors.  Funding had fallen through for the past several years, until last year.  With funding secured the estimated grand opening is slated for Fall of 2014.  The project will have two entrances; one on Latta Rd. and one on Long Pond Rd