Human Services

AVAILABLE AT THE MONSON COUNCIL ON AGING

Niki Liquori, Assistant Executive Director

413-267-4121

ALL SERVICES ARE CONFIDENTIAL
 
FOOD STAMPS
 

The Monson Council on Aging provides help in completing and submitting the application for residents of all ages.

FUEL ASSISTANCE
 
The Monson Council on Aging provides help in completing and submitting the application for residents of all ages. Receipt of Fuel Assistance will entitle the recipient to utility discounts as well.
 
NEEDS ASSESSMENT
 
Niki Liquori, Outreach & Human Services Coordinator, will visit seniors in their homes and complete an assessment of their needs. She works with the staff to arrange transportation and meals. She will complete a File of Life form and a Handicapped Placard application, and arrange for Respite Care or a Lifeline. Niki can also look to Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. to provide for home aids to help with personal care and housecleaning or to provide for Caregiver and special grants to help seniors remain in their homes.
 
FILE OF LIFE
 
Emergency medical information is recorded on an index sized card and secured with a magnet to your home refrigerator, clearly visible for the Emergency Medical Technicians to access in the event you call the ambulance. Information can also be recorded on a wallet size card to carry with you.
 
FRIENDLY VISITORS
 
We are currently looking for volunteers. For further information, pleae call Niki Liquori @ 413-267-4121
 
The Monson Council on Aging’s Friendly Visitor Program matches homebound Monson elders with a Friendly Visitor Volunteer.  Friendly Visitors and their seniors get together regularly and talk, share a meal, or do whatever suits their mutual interests. Both volunteers and seniors find this to be a truly rewarding experience. Outreach volunteers offer friendly conversation with Monson seniors at home and in nursing homes. Various activities can be initiated, according to individual situations. If you would like a friendly visitor or would like to volunteer as a friendly visitor, call Niki Liquori, Outreach & Human Services Coordinato,r at 267-4121.
 
HEALTH CARE PROXY
 
This is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make health care / medical decisions for you should you be unable to make them for yourself.
 
HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE
 
Call for assistance with all questions and problems relating to health insurance such as Medicaid/Mass Health, Medicare, MEDEX, long term care planning, managed care plans, private insurance plans. Appointments necessary.
 
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN
 
The Monson COA loans walkers, commodes, raised toilet seats, canes, tub grab bars, tub transfer chairs, wheelchairs and hospital beds. Be sure to contact the Center before purchasing items. No charge for items loaned, but we do appreciate a donation. For more details call the Center at 267-4121.
 
OUTREACH HOME VISITS
 
The Outreach Coordinator will make home visits to elders and their caregivers. Visits are made to evaluate and assess needs and to determine whether a homemaker, aide or other assistance is needed to help them maintain their independence while living at home.
RESPITE CARE
 
A short period of rest or relief to allow family members time away from caregiving responsibilities to reduce stress, to take care of one’s own health, or to  participate in other family activities. Services can be provided through the Center, local nursing home, rest homes and day care centers.
 
TELEPHONE OUTREACH
 
Receive a friendly telephone call from an Outreach Volunteer on a regular basis. 
 
 
WALLET INVENTORY FORM
 
Having your wallet lost or stolen can be a traumatic event with possible serious financial and security consequences. Having an invetory of all yiour document so you can quickly notify people of your loss is very helpful.
 
DO NOT keep this form in your wallet, purse or in an easily accessible location in your home. We suggest keeping this form in a safe place.