The needs of Long Island’s seniors are diverse and complex. Issues range from housing to health care, from dietary needs to caring for dependent grandchildren, from caregiver support to basic companionship. Family Service League sponsors a number of vital programs that provide advocacy for aging seniors, and critical aid for younger family members who have assumed responsibility for the care of their elderly relatives.
Families typically struggle finding adequate time and financing to care for their senior relatives. Often not aware of the social and economic resources available to elderly citizens, many seniors find their way to the family centers for mental health, substance abuse, and case management services. FSL senior programs provide a number of valuable programs specifically for our aging population— dispensing improved health and independence, and enhancing the overall quality of their lives.
Caregiver Support recognizes the needs of those caring for an aging loved one. This is an educational program that speaks directly to key aspects of the aging process— disease management, self-care, psychological changes, social stimulation, nutrition and many other factors that impact seniors and caregivers. Participants receive individual and/or group counseling, and are encouraged to attend clinician-supervised group sessions that provide valuable peer support (a number of the caregivers are themselves seniors). Caregivers responsible for an elderly loved one, and who are living east of Route 112, can take advantage of the Caregiver Support Program. Services are provided in our Riverhead Family Center, Brookhaven Family Center, and other locations within the community.
208 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead 11901
316 Accabonac Road, East Hampton 11937
Middle Country Library, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden 11784
San Simeon by the Sound 61700 Route 48 Greenport 11944
John Jermaine Library 201 Main Street Sag Harbor 11963
HomeShare Long Island
HomeShare Long Island matches older homeowners and residence seekers of every age with the objective of sharing a single-family home. It allows seniors to preserve their homes and independent living status, and it takes advantage of existing homes— providing people of all ages with decent, safe, and affordable housing. HomeShare Long Island links older homeowners who have a vacant room to rent with another adult in need of affordable housing. Qualified home seekers must be at least 18 years old, and be either employed or in school. Homeowners offer accommodations in exchange for an agreed-upon level of help with household tasks, companionship, and financial support, or some combination of all three. HomeShare Long Island offers companionship, safety, and security, and provides homeowners needed assistance and/or income while providing home-seekers with low-cost housing.
Nursing Home Transition and Diversion
Nursing Home Transition and Diversion is a NYS Medicaid-waiver program, and supports seniors living at home. In addition, senior citizens in long-term care facilities and those at risk of long-term care placement are afforded funding to help support an independent-living environment. Services available include assistive technology, help with moving costs, renovations, home care, and service coordination. All applicants must first be assessed by SILO (Suffolk Independent Living Organization)
SeniorNet provides computer and technology classes for adults aged 50+ taught by adults aged 50+.
SeniorNet offers a wide range of computer-based and mobile device courses, from beginner to expert and everything in between.
SeniorNet has Learning Centers in Huntington and Bellport offering four semesters each year.
Visit the SeniorNet website (link below) for information on the computer and technology curriculum.
For more information go to www.seniornetli.org
Call 1.631.470.6757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
The Ombudsman Program protects the rights and improves the quality of life for long-term care residents in nursing and adult homes and assisted-living facilities. Trained volunteers (“ombudspersons”) visit nursing homes, adult homes, and assisted-living facilities to advocate for residents and their families. Their work focuses on reforming long-term care policies and investigating residents’ complaints, and everyone living in Suffolk County is eligible for these valued services. A certified ombudsperson has legal access to all licensed facilities at all times. Certification by the NY State Office for the Aging requires 36 hours of basic training, and continuing support includes ongoing supervision, monthly in-service training, and reviews of brief monthly reports.
Please call 631-470-6756 for more information about becoming an Ombudsman Volunteer.
55 Horizon Drive, Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 470-6755
75 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 470-6752