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  • Hospital Audiences, Inc. provides access to the arts to culturally isolated New Yorkers. HAI service recipients include people with mental and physical disabilities, developmentally disabled persons, bed-confined / wheelchair-users, visually and hearing-impaired individuals, the homeless, the frail elderly, youth at risk, participants in substance abuse programs, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals in correctional facilities.
  • Provided by the U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator is a nationwide toll-free service that helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors.
  • FRIAs mission includes seeing that nursing home residents receive prompt, high quality and compassionate care, as well as advocating for long-term health care for all New Yorkers in the least institutionalized setting possible. FRIA helps relatives become effective advocates through a telephone hotline, publications, organizing and assisting family councils within nursing homes, and training workshops for family members and professionals.
  • Information about health care access and health insurance, including related NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene programs

  • Information about appointing a health care agent to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
  • The Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) and its affiliates offer a range of services -- including social services, home services, housing assistance, and legal services -- to older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • JASA offers case management at 21 social service offices throughout NYC and Long Island. Services include help in securing services such as home care, EISEP, transportation, and long term care.

  • JASA delivers hot kosher meals to approximately 1,300 older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties daily.
  • JPAC, a grassroots senior advocacy group sponsored by Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA), advocates for programs and protections that benefit older adults and their families. JPAC encourages seniors to get involved and offers a 10-week training program -- Institute for Senior Action -- to teach leadership and advocacy skills.
  • The Long Term Care Community Coalition of New York State (formerly the Nursing Home Community Coalition) is a non-profit watchdog and advocacy coalition that works to improve the lives of long term care consumers by strengthening regulation, surveillance, and enforcement. Information is available on assisted living, managed long term care, and nursing homes. In addition, publications may be ordered or, in some cases, downloaded from the website.
  • Provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the United States, including inspection result information. In English and Spanish.
  • 311 provides access to non-emergency City government services. All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and services are provided in over 170 languages. Dial 311 from within the City or (212) NEW YORK outside of the five boroughs. TTY service is also available by dialing (212) 504-4115.

  • Meals on Wheels and other senior meal programs throughout NY State. Listed alphabetically by city.
  • Information about EPIC (Elderly Phamaceutical Insurance Coverage), a New York State-sponsored prescription plan for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions. Eligibility requirements, co-payments, drugs covered, and more information available.
  • The Department for the Aging's Senior Employment Services (SES) assists New York City residents 55 years of age and older who are seeking work opportunities. SES workshops offer classroom training, job search techniques, and part-and full-time job placements. All SES programs offer employment contact and placement assistance for low to moderate income mature adults.
  • Search for DFTA-funded programs for senior citizens
  • Created by the Coalition of Institutionalized Aged and Disabled (CIAD) and the Nursing Home Community Coalition of New York State (NHCC), this guide is designed to help seniors research assisted living facilities and find the one that is right for them. Included are questions to ask as well as checklists to assist in assembling information about various facilities.

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