The Office For the Aging serves the over age 60 population of the County, assisting them to access services and address their needs. This includes services that help them remain independent, prevent premature institutionalization, relieve isolation and loneliness, and improve their quality of life and health.
The Warren/Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging (WHCOFA) is a bi-county governmental agency that was established in 1974, dedicated to maintaining our seniors' independence and dignity.
Warren/Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging provides information and assistance in accessing available services in Warren and Hamilton Counties. Services provided include information and referral, case management, and guiding the elderly to needed services, as well as assisting them with applications for benefits.
Included in our program is New York State's NY Connects system, a No Wrong Door access point for Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for all individuals, regardless of age, diagnosis, disability, or payment source (public, private or third party).
The programs and services available under the auspices of the Warren/Hamilton Counties Office for the Aging are made possible with funding from Warren and Hamilton Counties, the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), and the U.S. Administration on Aging, as well as by voluntary contributions from program participants and donations from the public.
- Advocacy – The Office for the Aging advocates on behalf of older persons with legislative bodies and other agencies.
- NY Connects – Provides free, unbiased information and assistance regarding long term care. Our goal is to help individuals remain in their homes as long as possible. NY Connects serves older individuals and individuals with disabilities of all ages. We can help you link to long term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. We help families, caregivers, and professionals. Call us at 1-866-805-3931.
(View NY Connects Brochure)
- NYS of Health
- Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) – Provides non-medical, in-home services to elderly persons who are not eligible for Medicaid, have one or more disabling conditions which prevent them from performing the activities of daily living. Services provided include case management, and may include homemaker/personal care, housekeeper/chore, non-institutional respite for caregivers, and ancillary services. A sliding-scale fee may be charged, based on income. There is currently a wait list for this service in Warren County.
- Nutrition Program – Congregate meals – Healthy, Nutritious balanced meals are served Monday through Friday at noon. Due to COVID, not all of our meal sites are open for congregate meals or open every day. Please contact the meal site directly to see what days they are open. In senior centers, senior clubs, senior housing complexes, town halls and other nearby locations. Any person 60 years old or older and their spouse of any age are welcome regardless of income level or resources. A voluntary contribution is suggested of $3.00 for 60 and over, and under 60 is $7.00. Congregate meal sites are located in:
- Bolton (518-644-2368)
- Chestertown (518-623-2653)
- Indian Lake (518-648-5412)
- Johnsburg (518-251-2711)
- Lake Luzerne (518-696-2200)
- Lake Pleasant (518-548-4941)
- Long Lake (624-5221)
- Queensbury - Cedars (518-832-1705) [also call this number for reservations for Solomon Hts and First Presbyterian]
- Warrensburg (518-623-3451)
- Wells (518-924-4066)
- Nutrition Program – Home-Delivered Meals – Utilizing volunteer drivers, home-delivered meals are provided for any person 60 years or older who is home-bound and can’t prepare meals for themselves with a healthy, nutritious , balanced meal to their residence Monday- Friday. Since COVID, we have been delivering a combination of hot and frozen meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.If married, their spouse may get meals even if they are not 60 years old. In some cases a care-giver may also be eligible to receive a meal. Again, a Voluntary contribution of $3.00 per meal is suggested and appreciated.
- Nutrition Counseling and Education – A professionally licensed dietitian is available to promote better health by providing nutrition education programs at the meal sites. This individual will provide nutrition therapy- counseling clients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits to improve their health, as well as evaluate and plan for adequate and balanced meals.
- Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) – Provides financial assistance to help eligible New York seniors 65+ cope with the high cost of prescription drugs.
- Information and Referral – Information is available on services and programs for the elderly with a wide variety of subjects. Where appropriate, referrals are made to other agencies.
- Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) – Provides clients with counseling regarding Medicare Part A, B, C, Medicaid, Medicare Retiree Health Plans, and other insurance inquiries.
- Legal Assistance – Assistance is provided to seniors age 60 and over who may have a legal problem which is non-fee generating. Examples would be landlord/tenant disputes, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, and consumer fraud. WHCOFA has a contract with the Legal Aid Society of Northeaster NY to provide these services on a referral basis.
- Transportation – Transportation is available in certain towns on a scheduled basis by calling the local town’s reservation clerk at least twenty-four hours in advance. The frequency of service varies by municipality. There is also transportation to Dr.'s appointments provided by volunteers. Call the Office for the Aging for additional information on either option.
- Services for the Blind – Under contract with the Glens Falls Association for the Blind, Inc., a wide range of services are provided to elderly persons who are blind or who have serious visual impairments.