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Wethersfield Remembers Its Seniors: Town Offers Many Programs for Elderly

Wethersfield Remembers Its Seniors: Town Offers Many Programs for Elderly

The town of Wethersfield does as much as any town in the state to reach out to its older citizens.

It has a number of programs to help and assist the town’s older population.

Those programs include: Elderly Outreach and Case Management for seniors is a program for those with financial need who require assessment, referral or coordination of services to remain in their homes. This includes many options, among them: obtaining home health services, loans of medical equipment, coordination among service providers, and referral for other services (e.g., chore services). The goal of this program is to allow seniors with some needs to remain as independent as possible for a long as possible in their own homes.

Provided through a contract with Curtin Transportation, Dial-A-Ride is available to those 60 and older and those with disabilities under 60 who need transportation within the greater Wethersfield area. Priority is given for medical appointments. Any senior is eligible regardless of financial status, and there is a yearly registration cost of $78. Dial-A-Ride ID cards are sent to all registered riders.

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CHOICES is a program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling and Eligibility screening. "One stop" information and preliminary screening are provided for state and federal benefit and support programs which may assist Connecticut Seniors.

The department coordinates and supervises the Friendly Shopper and Friendly Visitor programs which serve homebound seniors. Friendly Shoppers will do grocery shopping for those who need assistance and Friendly Visitors provide social contacts and a friendly face to visit on a regular basis.

Their Renter Rebate program provides rent subsidies for seniors and disabled who qualify.

The Tax Preparation Assistance program, run by the AARP provides tax preparation assistance to low and moderate income residents who need help filling out the federal and state income tax forms. The program runs from February to April each year. Appointments for assistance are booked through the Department of Social and Youth Services and the assistance is provided by a trained volunteer at the Community Center.