Easy-peasy new Office for Aging website

by Marie Rodriguez

The Clinton County Office for the Aging’s new and improved website is one of today’s tech updates through the government organization’s IT Department.

The site went live on April 10 and was ushered into fact by using now-retired Office for the Aging director Crystal Carter. Her ultimate day became March 29 after 17 years of provider.

“Crystal labored with them to replace this to make it simpler to use and to make it easier to search for us,” stated Darleen Collins, administrative assistant.

“My favorite part is that when you search for the Office for the Aging, it will really arise. It looks lots cleaner and simpler to locate objects on there.”

A menu container at the left facet of the web page gives links to “Office for the Aging Home,” “Services for the Aging,” “Advisory Council,” “Contribution Policy,” “Benefits Checkup,” and “Snapshots.”

“Services for the Aging” hyperlinks to an array of services, inclusive of “Benefits Counseling,” “Caregiver Services,” “In-home Service,” “Legal Assistance Program,” “Nutrition Services,” “Outreach Services (JCEO Senior Outreach web page),” “Transportation,” and “Wellness and Recreation.”

EASY NAVIGATION

A click on “Benefits Counseling” will navigate the person to data on and links to “Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC),” “Health Insurance Information,” “Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP),” “Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)” and “Life Line Telephone Discount.”

The offerings are funded via a cooperative attempt by means of the Office for the Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging and client contributions.

“We continually need to make certain that humans recognize they are able to make a contribution to the services, and it’s voluntary and confidential to contribute,” Collins said.

“Those contributions are used to expand the services.”

“Benefits Checkup” is a self-assist device of the National Council of Aging.

“People can place their information in, and then it’s going to spit out an entire listing of applications which you are probably eligible for,” she stated.

Snapshots are short summaries of the organization’s programs.

“If what service you are looking for like you’re looking for home-brought meals, you can click on right on that and it’s going to come up with the statistics approximately eligibility, the way to get started out.”

HOME PAGE

On the house web page, “Focus” hyperlinks to a complete services directory.

“That’s a listing of services that exist in our community, not just stuff that we provide, but like offerings for a variety of specific subjects,” Collins said.

“It’s an exquisite aid for humans, (with) touch telephone numbers and information approximately packages.”

The home page also has the business enterprise’s New York Connects wide variety that also links to the company’s offerings.

“It’s an information referral aid for Aging and Disability Resource Center,” she stated.

“The New York Connects software is actually a statewide application, so here in Clinton County if you call New York Connects we will offer you what services which might be available for what you want and records on a way to get right of entry to those.

“Sometimes, it is direct in case you’re here. Sometimes, it is a referral to another business enterprise. But it is one manner to call one range and get a variety of statistics.”

“2-1-1” is every other fact source on the home page.

“2-1-1 Adirondack Region provides direct, non-public and expert assistance for human services and is an important resource to connect people with important services and volunteer possibilities,” consistent with the website description.

And there may be a hyperlink to the nation’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.

FILL IN THE BLANKS

People can also download VITA Link forms that they can fill out with vital statistics in case of emergency.

“We have VITA Link packets that if you entire, depart them in your fridge, and emergency EMS can take that,” Collins stated.

“They might have data approximately your contacts, your medical doctor, you’re contemporary medical. It provides an area to place your modern-day medicinal drug. It’s a smooth seize-and-move form of the object for people.

“Sometimes, that one shape wishes to be up to date, so that’s a way to get that additional shape.”

Volunteer Match is the cross-to hyperlink for humans attempting to find volunteer opportunities.

“Some of our nearby listings could be proper up on that web site to expose you what opportunities are there,” she stated.

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