Assistance For Seniors

CT Department of Social Services

CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
(866) 295-7279

Local

Elderly Outreach And Case Management
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. Contact Christine Taylor, (860) 721-2977 or e-mail chris.taylor@wethersfieldct.gov.

Transportation (Dial-A-Ride)
Provided through a contract with Curtin Transportation, this program 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. Full details are found in the Dial-A-Ride Policies and Procedures Guide. Contact Social and Youth Services, (860) 721-2977 or e-mail Raymond Brunelle.

Friendly Shopper And Friendly Visitor
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. To volunteer or receive services contact Christine Taylor, (860) 721-2977 or e-mail chris.taylor@wethersfieldct.gov.

Renter Rebate
This program provides rent subsidies for seniors and disabled who qualify. For further information and to find out if you qualify, contact Social and Youth Services, (860) 721-2977.

Tax Preparation Assistance
This 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. To make an appointment, contact Social and Youth Services, (860) 721-2977.

Senior Center
The Wethersfield Social and Youth Services Department operates a Senior Center at the Pitkin Community Center at 30 Greenfield Street. The center serves seniors 55 years and older offering social, educational, entertainment, health and wellness programs. The center is also a source of information and referral to programs and services that can help seniors and their families find the resources needed to maintain active, independent and fulfilling lives. The Senior Center Coordinator is available to provide information about all programs, tours of the Center and registration for programs by visiting the center or calling (860) 721-2979.