Programs & Services
The Department for Aging works closely with its contracted agencies and senior centers throughout Albany County to provide seniors (60+) with high quality programs and services listed below.
For more information click on the program or service or call (518)-447-7177.
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Experienced staff help seniors and their families find the community resources that best address their individual needs and concerns. 447-7177 is the Point of Entry access line P.O.E. for comprehensive long term care information, referrals, and/or assessments for the elderly, adults and children with disabilities, their family, or service providers. The P.O.E. line is a collaboration between Albany County’s Departments for Social Services and Aging and works to improve or maintain the person’s health and daily function by providing access to affordable medical and non medical services.
Family Caregiver Support Programs
Caregivers services include support groups, individual counseling, caregiver training and respite care to temporarily relieve caregivers.
Adult Day Care Program
Social and/or medical assistance in a supervised environment. The program includes planned therapeutic and recreational activities, meals, and transportation.
Expanded In-Home Services to the Elderly Program (EISEP)
EISEP provides in-home services, case management, non-institutional respite services, and ancillary services such as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) to eligible seniors facing challenges with the activities of daily living.
Home Delivered Meals
Meals are delivered to homebound seniors who are unable to shop or prepare meals and have no one to assist them.
Seniors meet at various sites throughout the county for a hot meal approved by our registered dietitian. Nutrition education is provided.
Our registered dietitian meets with seniors and caregivers to provide education and healthy meal choices.
Transportation is provided to medical appointments, senior centers, grocery shopping, and group recreational opportunities.
In-Home Contact and Support
Screened senior volunteers provide companionship and support to homebound elderly through telephone calls, scheduled visits, and assistance with shopping.
Weatherization Referral and Packaging Program (WRAP)
Low-income HEAP eligible seniors are referred to WRAP services to help reduce fuel bills and increase home safety and comfort. Food Stamp eligibility is also determined through this program.
Senior Community Services Employment
Trained personnel provide assistance in preparing to work and finding work. Paid training is available for income qualified individuals 55 years and older.
Legal Counseling and Assistance
Legal advice and seminars are provided by attorneys knowledgeable in the areas of the law affecting seniors. Representation is available for low income seniors.
Health Insurance Information and Counseling ('HIICAP')
Counseling, education, and assistance regarding Medicare, and supplemental health insurance and drug plans, including Medicare Part D and NYS EPIC.