From the Desk of Kathy O’Grady, LCCW
Hello Niles Seniors….
Some of you may know me from my previous time from working on the second floor at Niles Senior Center. I have returned full time as a social worker for the Senior Center & needless to say, if feels good to be back.
However, even in the short time since I’ve been back, so much has changed. The Senior Center is closed though we are still open for business to take your calls for assistance on any issues such as...
How do I get support for myself in the home?
If it is an issue of having an aide in the home, we can direct you to North Shore Senior Services so this agency can complete an assessment & determine if you meet eligibility to have a caregiver at no cost for up to 20 hours per week funded through the Department on Aging.
If a person does not meet the guidelines for the above listed program, there are also several private duty agencies in the area that offer caregivers at rates starting at $19.00 on up. These are caregivers that you in a sense become the “employer” of and you pay out of pocket for the amount of hours you need.
Senior Services is working on obtaining volunteers that can do light yard work and snow shoveling. So please stand by for more information on available volunteers.
I have never completed a Power of Attorney for Health Care or Finances. Why do I need these documents?
These legal forms give your family along with health care & legal institutions an understanding on your decisions. The Power of Attorney can step in and make important health care & legal decisions on your behalf if you cannot.
Who can I talk to regarding my future needs?
The social work team at the Senior Center is well versed in reviewing the difficult choices that one must make in life. Social workers are open to listening & talking about changing one’s living environment, especially if there is still an adult child living in the home. Social workers can provide referrals for and explain the different types of residences such as supportive, independent, assisted living & nursing home living . Our team can also make sure you have a good understanding of the benefits of Medicare & Medicaid.
All the staff at Niles Senior Center wish to support you in any way possible, especially in these times that can be uncertain. Our staff want to prepare you and your loved ones to remain safe and healthy, and we can make sure that happens by being available to you and yours Monday through Friday 9am to 4:30pm.
Please contact our office to ask any questions and to request assistance in any matter that concerns you. We are here to help!
All the best,
Kathy O’Grady, LCSW
Senior Social Services
In addition to counseling and case management services, our Senior Social Work Department offers the following support groups (there is no cost to attend groups but registration is required, please call 847-588-8460):In addition to counseling and case management services, our Senior Social Work Department offers the following support groups (there is no cost to attend groups but registration is required, please call 847-588-8460):
This monthly group offers support to family and friends caring for loved ones. The group is a source of emotional help and practical guidance that provides an opportunity to relieve stress and interact with other caregivers.
A support group that is available for senior parents coping with the demands of caring for medically, emotionally or financially dependent adult children.