The Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services administers a variety of programs and services using federal, state and county funds, as well as private donations and contributions. For more information, click on the link below. If you don’t see the information you need on our web site, please call our office at 382-8481 and our staff will be more than happy to help you.
Dayhaven Adult Day Services
Dayhaven Adult Day Services has provided an alternative to nursing home placement to those elderly individuals in need of daily support and supervision. Dayhaven offers: supervision/monitoring, nutrition, social/recreation activities, transportation coordination, community outings, along with referrals to other agencies for senior services. Call 346-1852 x1 or go to www.ccseniorservices.org for more information.
The program provides essential information, assistance, counseling, training and respite. The program for family caregivers helps sustain their efforts to care for an older relative who has a chronic illness or disability to help the older relative remain in the community rather than be placed in a residential facility. A Caregiver’s Resource Center, located on the first floor of Schaffer Heights, is available to access information & assistance, educational materials, informational support groups, and other caregiver services. Call 382-8481 x1238 for more information.
CDTA Reduced Bus Fare Card Program
Photo Identification cards are issued for a fee to seniors 65 years of age or older and the disabled for reduced bus fare. Call 382-8481x1000 for more information. Additional information can also be found at the CDTA website.
EISEP (Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program)
Provides the following services:
Housekeeper/Chore - PC Level I – Provides comprehensive assessment, case management, and in-home services for functionally impaired persons 60 years of age or older in Schenectady County.
Homemaker/PC Level II – Environmental and nutritional assistance to clients limited in their ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).
Adult Day Services/Respite – The Long Term Care Unit non-Medicaid clients will be assessed and case managed. Individuals identified as needing adult day services and/or non-institutional respite services, will be referred to the contracted social adult day services provider. These services will be specifically targeted to the most frail elderly whose caregivers require respite.
Call 382-8481 and ask to speak with an EISEP (pronounced EYE-sep) caseworker for more information.
Founded in 1936, The Glendale Home has been the provider of choice for the residents in Schenectady County who need skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Our team of experienced professionals identifies the needs of our residents and assists in setting goals that reflect the background, interests and needs of each resident. Physicians, nurses, therapists, dieticians, social workers and all other support staff are involved from the admission process through the entire stay of the resident. Regular evaluations of resident care allow the staff to adapt to changing conditions. Glendale Home invites all family and friends to remain active and involved in resident care.
Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP)
Provides support information, counseling, and assistance to people with Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Supplement insurance policies and other related health insurance benefit information. Services are provided by Catholic Charities Senior Services in Schenectady. Call 372-5667 for more information.
Home Care Services
All home care services are designed to insure the health and safety of elderly, infirm, or disabled individuals by providing a range of home based services which assist in maintaining the recipient at home. Call the Long Term Care Intake/Referral line at 382-8481 x 1234 or click here for a list of home care agencies that serve Schenectady County.
Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded energy assistance program. Applications are taken at the Department of Social Services, at the Schenectady County Office of Senior and Long-Term Care Services for clients 60 years of age an older. For more information, click here or call 382-8481 x1009.
Home Fuel Rebate Program
This county-funded program provides for a one-time tax rebate in the amount of up to $100.00 for qualifying senior homeowners and renters who reside in Schenectady County. To qualify for this program you must be:
- A resident of Schenectady County
- 60 years of age or older
- Directly responsible for the cost of the home heating fuel natural gas, coal, wood, propane (except when sold in containers of less than one hundred pounds) and/or electricity used to heat his/her primary household and is verified by the Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services.
- Either a household size of one with a maximum income of $35,000 or a household size of two or more with a maximum income level of $40,000.
- Ineligible to receive any other public assistance for their home energy costs.
Applications are available starting in February and must be received by May 18th. Please call 382-8481 x1010 for more information.
Click here to download an application in PDF format.
Housing Options for Senior Adults of Upstate New York is a directory that covers a four-county area (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady). The directory provides information on various types of housing available for senior citizens including, but not limited to Assisted Living, Adult Homes, and Retirement Living.
Legal assistance can be provided to low income elderly who are 60 years of age or older through the Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services. Typical services offered include power of attorney, resolution of consumer complaints, frauds, landlord/tenant disputes, spousal responsibility and preparation of living wills and other legal guidance as needed. Call 382-8481 x 1000 to make an appointment to see the lawyer.
Long Term Care Insurance Outreach and Education Program
The Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services operates a Long Term Care Insurance Resource Center and can assist you with your questions about selecting and purchasing Long Term Care Insurance. This program does not recommend any specific long term care insurance plan or insurance agent. Call the Resource Center at 935-3065 for more information.
Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals are for those seniors in Schenectady County who are unable to prepare and/or otherwise access meals on their own. Meals are individually packaged and delivered to meet the weekday nutritional needs of 1 or 2 meals daily. These meals are delivered by Catholic Charities Senior Services. Call 372-5667 or go to www.ccseniorservices.org for more information.
Senior Dining Center Locations
Jewish Community Center
2565 Balltown Road
Scotia-Glenville Senior Ctr.
32 Worden Road
Ten Eyck Apartments
Duanesburg Area Community Center
221 Victoria Drive
Delanson, NY 12053
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Dining Centers operate weekly Monday-Friday (except Delanson and Kosher locations at Jewish Community Center which operate M-W-F). Reservations are requested one day in advance. Please call the Dining Centers between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $3.25 per meal. Food Stamps are accepted. No one is denied for inability or unwillingness to contribute. These dining centers are operated by Catholic Charities Senior Services.
Other on-site Meal Locations:
Town of Rotterdam
The Town of Rotterdam sponsors a noon meal for seniors on Tuesday and Thursday at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, Main Street, Rotterdam Junction. Call 887-2299 for more information.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides a congregate breakfast program from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, 346-0222.
Niskayuna Senior Center
Noon Meal Tuesday and Thursday
2682 Aqueduct Rd.
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Protective Services for Adults
Protective Services for Adults (PSA) is a New York State-mandated program which is provided without regard to income. PSA assists adults age 18 or older who, because of mental or physical impairment, can no longer provide for their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, or protect themselves from neglect, abuse, or hazardous situations, and who have no one willing and able to help in a responsible manner. Call 386-2258 for more information. Outside normal working hours please call 382-0383.
Additional information can be found through the NYS Office of Children and Families - Adult Protective Services.
Schenectady County-NY Connects
NY Connects is a State-wide program to establish consumer-centered access to information and assistance for all individuals in need of long term care services, regardless of age, income, or payment source. It is Schenectady County’s effort to provide a single point of entry for long term care information, referrals and assessments. Call 382-8481 x1000 for more information.
Senior Centers are operated by the communities of Duanesburg, Niskayuna, Rotterdam and Scotia/Glenville.
Rotterdam Senior Center
2639 Hamburg Street
Rotterdam, New York 12306
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4 pm
Senior Service Director:
Niskayuna Senior Center
2682 Aqueduct Road
Niskayuna, New York 12309
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9am – 3 pm
Senior Programs Coordinator: April Steenburgh
Duanesburg Area Community Center
221 Victoria Drive
Delanson, New York 12053
Executive Director: Susan Kamiler
Scotia/Glenville Senior Center
32 Worden Road
Glenville, New York 12302
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
Senior Center Staff Member: Cindy Amell
One day trips that include sightseeing activities to cultural events, entertainment venues and historic sites for county residents over 60 years of age are coordinated through the Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services. Call the Trip Coordinator at 382-8481 for more information. This program is sponsored by Schenectady County.
Click here for a directory of services and programs in Schenectady County for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Catholic Charities of Schenectady County provides transportation from an individual's residence to the nearest dining center and includes weekday and weekend grocery shopping trips, as well as transportation to and from medical appointments. Call 357-9801 or go to www.ccseniorservices.org for more information.