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.