Amherst Office on Aging
The Amherst Office on Aging supports and evalutes policies that affect the quality of life of older adults. The goal is to help them maintain independence and freedom to live with dignity. The individuals remain in control of their lives by making the choices to determine their destiny without being abused, neglected, or exploited.
Home-delivered meals are provided Monday through Friday except holidays and are delivered by a group of volunteers. Meals are prepared by Amherst Manor Nursing Home kitchens to meet special dietary needs including low cholesterol, diabetic, low salt/low fat, low-residue, etc. The cost of these meals is $5.00/meal/day.
Transportation is provided to take seniors to doctors' appointments, drug stores for prescriptions, county-wide agencies for required appointments, as well as for shopping and other essential local travel needs. Those passengers requesting transit to a site within a designated radius of Amherst City limits will be charged the rate of $3.00 one way, or $6.00 round trip. Additional stops will be charged on a time-use basis at a minimum of $2.00 per stop. For those requesting transportation to sites outside of Amherst City limits, the fee will be $4.00 one way or $8.00 round trip. Again, each and every additional stop will require an additional fee dependent upon the time consumed but at a minimum of $2.00 per stop. Staff also shop for groceries and run errands for clients. These trips will be charged at $12.00 per trip.
Information and Referral Services are available to help clients as well as their families to find services or other assitance.
Supportive Services provided include assistance by staff members in filling out a wide variety of forms for programs offered to qualifying seniors. HEAP, Homestead Exemption, Golden Buckeye Card, Jobs and Family Services (Human Services), Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Living Will/Durable Power of Attorney forms are among the many that we offer assistance with. There is no set fee, but we often receive donations from families receiving this assistance.
Home Injury Control is offered for clients who may have a safety concern. In this program, we do a thorough inspection of the home to look for hazards to the resident. During that inspection, we also install smoke detectors when needed.
For services such as Minor Home Repair, Chore Service, and Housekeeping, we make attempt to find local handy-men to provide this service..
For information concerning these programs, please contact the Amherst Office on Aging at (440) 988-2817. Our e-mail address is email@example.com.