2021 Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award
The Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Karen B. Johnson who who served for many years on the Senior and Long Term Care Services Advisory Council and was the liaison between the Department and the County Legislature. Legislator Johnson was dedicated to Schenectady County’s older residents and service of her community.
Schenectady County Senior and Long Term Care is looking for nominations for the 2021 Schenectady County Karen B. Johnson Older New Yorker of the Year Award.
The nominee may be any person 60 years of age or older residing in Schenectady County who has generously given of his or her time and energy to organizations or projects that have enhanced the lives of others.
Application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021.
Applications may be submitted the following ways:
- Email: Kathleen.Albert@schenectadycounty.com
- Fax: 518-382-0194 - attention Kathleen Albert
- By mail or in person:
- Schenectady County Senior & Long Term Care - 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305, Schenectady, NY 12308 Attention: Kathleen Albert
Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services' Friendship Cafes at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Delanson are currently open and accepting meal reservations. Daily capacity is limited and reservations must be made in advance. Please call the JCC 518-377-8803 and the Duanesburg Friendship Café at 518-275-7601 to make your reservations one week in advance.
The Friendship Cafés located at the Ten Eyck Apartment Building in Schenectady and the Glenville Senior Center are not open at this time.
When attending the Friendship Café all participants must wear a facemask, wash and/or sanitize hands frequently and abide by the 6 foot social distancing rule that NYS has put in place to protect all community members.
The Meals on Wheels Program (Home Delivered Meals) is now running on a 5-day schedule serving hot meals to participants.
For more information about either program, please call Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services at 518-372-5667 or visit their website at https://www.ccseniorservices.org/
Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services promotes the long term health and wellbeing of Schenectady County residents and assure that they receive the necessary community based services that they are entitled to in order to remain safely in the community. These services are provided without regard to race, creed, color, sex (including gender identity or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim status.
Programs & Services
- Adult Day Services
Schenectady County contracts with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services to provide social adult day services available at Dayhaven, located in Schaffer Heights, 107 Nott Terrace. The adult social day service is a structured, comprehensive program which provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care and nutrition in a protective setting during any part of the day.
- Caregiver Support
Caregiver supports include support groups for caregivers, one-on-one counseling on issues to help caregivers make decisions and solve problems related to their caregiving roles and responsibilities, and to provide information on training workshops/forums for caregivers.
Caregiver Support Group Conference Calls
Too often as caregivers, we put the needs of others before our own, which can lead to stress and burnout. Join us at our Self-Care for Caregivers programs to help support your emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. There will be no in-person events in January due to CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 1:30-2:30pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:30-2:30pm
Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:30-6:30pm
Monday, January 25, 2021 5:30-6:30pm
Dial-In Number: (978) 990-5000
Access Code: 368-996#
Please contact Wendy Petroci, Family Caregiver and Social Worker at 518-382-8481 x9308 to register or for more information.
- Health Insurance Information and Counseling Program (HIICAP)
Through a partnership with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services, HIICAP provides free, accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans. HIICAP helps people with Medicare, their representatives, or persons soon to be eligible for Medicare.
- EISEP & Medicaid Long-Term Care Services & Support
A comprehensive assessment process is available to seniors and persons in need of long-term care services. These services and activities are designed to support older adults who are isolated because of physical and/or cognitive limitations and require an assessment for care. The assessment determines home care needs such as homemaking services, personal care, personal emergency response systems (PERS), referrals to day supports, shopping assistance, and/or the consumer directed personal care assistance program (CDPAP). CDPAP is a program for EISEP and Medicaid recipients who meet eligibility criteria that provides in-home personal care. CDPAP allows the consumer to recruit, hire, train, supervise and terminate the personal care aide. Organizations known as “Fiscal Intermediaries” provide program and payroll administration. Home care services and supports are offered through the department’s EISEP (Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly) Program for seniors over age 60 and who are not on Medicaid, as well as Medicaid long-term care consumers in need of homemaker services and other specialized Medicaid services.
Services Available through CDPAP:
- Some or total assistance with personal care services (bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and/or help with housekeeping services like laundry, grocery shopping and light cleaning)
- Home health aide services – simple health care tasks and all of the above
- Skilled nursing tasks
The Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care Services contracts with four Fiscal Intermediaries (FI). If you are found eligible to participate in CDPAP, you and your Assistant must choose, register and work through one of the following:
Concepts of Independent Choices, Inc. – 518-459-6422 Ext. 220
Consumer Direct Choices, Inc. – 518-464-0810
Visiting Nurse Home Care of Albany, Inc. – 518-694-9907
Any Time Home Care, Inc. - 518-454-9433
- Information & Assistance & Referral - NY Connects/Schenectady County
Information, assistance and referral is offered through a program called, New York Connects. New York Connects- Schenectady County serves as a comprehensive resource for all long term services and supports. This is a statewide system enabling consumers or caregivers to access such services and supports through a local phone number (518) 382-8481, a toll free number 1-800-342-9871 and a the New York Connects website. New York Connects is the entry point for information, assistance and referrals to help consumers access services, provide referrals, and answer questions on senior and long-term care topics.
- Nutrition Options
Through partnerships with Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Support Services and Cornell Cooperative Extension – Schenectady County, nutrition education and counseling are available to older adults. Through an assessment process, home delivered meals are available for seniors who are unable to prepare and/or access meals on their own. Referrals are also available at Friendship Cafes at the following four community or senior centers to access a lunch time meal. Pre-registration is required and donations are accepted.
To register for a lunch time meal call (518) 372-5667.
- Senior Housing
Through a partnership with the Albany Guardian Society Housing Options for Senior Adults in the Capital Region contains a wealth of information that consumers may find helpful. It is intended to serve as a resource for families as they begin to explore housing options for themselves and/or their loved ones.
- Social Recreation
Senior Bus Trip Program
One-day trips are offered by the Department two to four times a year. The bus trips can include entertainment venues, historical sites, lunches and shows, tours of special events (such as Christmas in the Park), etc. Call (518) 382-8481 x 9310 for details.
Friendship Café - Apostrophe Café at Proctors
The Friendship Café is for seniors nearing age 60 and caregivers to convene monthly for social, educational and recreational needs at the Apostrophe Café at Proctors. Activities include tours of Schenectady businesses, historical sites, or parks; speakers from local or regional organizations on such topics as Social Security, Housing, Medical Reserve Corps, Albany Guardian Society, Managed Long-Term Care Services, Medicaid or Medicare; or social activities such as card or board game days. A schedule is available or you may call the office at (518) 382-8481.