Herkimer County

NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care in Herkimer County

c/o Office for the Aging
109 Mary St., Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350

People of all ages, from infants to seniors, may need long term care. NY Connects is available to assist you find the information and assistance you need to help maintain your loved one safely at home.  NY Connects does not provide any services directly, but can help you find services and info you need. Any services available in the community will have eligibility criteria that would need to be met.  Our experienced staff are available to discuss your particular situation; you can contact us by phone, email, or in person.


We have provided a great deal of information on this site to assist you. After you have explored our site, we would very much appreciate an email from you letting us know if you found the info helpful, if you found what you were looking for, and if there is something you think would be a good addition to our site.

NY Connects
Phone: 315-867-1415 or 1124
Fax: 315-867-1448
Herkimer County Office for the Aging
The Office for the Aging provides many long term care services to senior citizens aged 60 and older.  Among their services are Meals on Wheels, transportation, legal services, Caregiver services including respite, nutrition counseling & information, and many other services.  
Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL)
The Resource Center for Independent Living, commonly referred to as RCIL, offers services to disabled individuals.
Wheelchair Ramp Design
There are some considerations that need to be taken into account when designing a wheelchair ramp.  For example, if the slope of the ramp is too steep, the ramp can be downright dangerous. Please visit this site for some free information.
Caregiving Information - Mid-York Library System
There are many books available to everyone through your local public library & the Mid-York Library System. The Office for the Aging has purchased numerous books on caregiving to help you to better care for your loved one.
Local Long Term Care Insurance Information Contact Person
If you have questions about your long term care insurance policy or before you buy long term care insurance, meet with someone who understands long term care insurance who can help you.  
Long Term Care Insurance Information

Type in "long term care insurance" in the site search box.

Home Safety Checklist
Use this Home Safety Checklist to identify areas in your home to reduce falls.
HIICAP (Health Insurance Information, Counseling, & Assistance Program)
When you need assistance with health insurance issues.
Health Insurance Information & Programs for Coverage
This link to Herkimer County HealthNet provides information about different kinds of health insurance & prescription drug coverage that are available.
FREE Herkimer County Prescription Card Can Save You Money - expanded to vision & hearing benefits

Learn how you can save money on prescription medications with this FREE prescription card. Card now has new vision and hearing benefits that are covered by your county card.

ProAct's County Discount Card Introduces 3 new benefits: vision, lasic, & hearing.

Prescription Drug Plan for Disabled NYS Residents Between Ages 50-64

New York State residents are eligible if they are not already receiving Medicaid and are:

  • Either age 50 up to 65, or persons with a disability who have been determined disabled by the Social Security Administration; AND
  • Have annual household income less than $35,000 (single) or $50,000 (married).
Are you caring for someone with Diabetes?

A recent study by The Hormone Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving found that one of the major challenges in caring for those with diabetes is diet related, including diet & meal planning.  The OFA produces a monthly nutrition newsletter called "Nutrition News" and has a free cookbook called "Regina's Recipes: A Collection".  Regina, a Registered Dietitian, writes the newsletter and the cookbook is a collection of recipes from years of newsletters. Both of these resources are available to you free of charge. 


If the person you are caring for is age 60 or older and you would like to meet with Regina for personal assistance, please call the OFA at 867-1204 or email us at hcofa@herkimercounty.org.


Regina's TV show is shown on Time-Warner's local access channel.


Family Caregivers Information
This link will take you to the "Next Step in Care" project and provides information to help family caregivers and health care providers to work together to help your loved one. There is information for all caregivers, info on hospital stays and hospital discharge planning, information on Rehabilitation and information on home care.
My Benefits
Check your eligibility for a range of benefits and apply for food assistance on-line.
Aging Care
A website that has multiple resources for caregivers.  Informational articles on caregiving as well as the ability to ask professionals questions that you have about caregiving issues.
Life Insurance Settlement Association
Provides information about life insurance settlement and other related life insurance issues.
NY Connects Resource Directory
This is a website that provides information and assistance on Long Term Services and Supports in New York State.  You can search by location and the services that you are looking for.
This screening tool is designed to help you determine long term care service needs for your loved one.
Preventing falls is very important, especially for adults with disabilities and senior citizens. Use this checklist to help you ensure your own, or loved ones, safety.
Looking for information about PERS? This will give you some basic information about how they work and how to choose one. Call us for more info 867-1415.
Increase your independence and not have to depend on someone to pick up a few things at the store for you!
This list is designed to provide another resource to keep you independent. These restaurants will deliver to your home.
The services listed here may be obtained throught the agencies listed: nursing, personal care (help with bathing), transportation, housekeeping/laundry.
This collection of recipes is from the Office for the Aging's monthly nutrition newsletter, "Nutrition News" written by Regina LaTourrette, MS, RD, CDN.  The recipes are uncomplicated to prepare and healthy.  Enjoy!
Cancer screening program providing breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening for uninsured and under-insured women and men. Reimbursement is also available for many diagnostic services including, imaging, facility fees, biopsies, pre- and post-operative procedures, pathology and consultations.  Women and men who are in need of treatment for breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer may be eligible for full Medicaid coverage for the treatment period, including medications. Click on this document to learn more.
Know that you are not alone, attending a support group can be very helpful.

"Caregivers who regularly attend a support group often report they experience lower levels of depression, yet many don't go in the beginning, saying they don't want to share their personal life with strangers. Once they do, however, creative solutions and coping strategies start to present themselves during sessions with other caregivers who are going through similar experiences. Often caregivers say they wish they had gone to a support group much sooner."  from: http://www.seniorsapprove.com/caregivers_depression.html; accessed 1/29/2010.

This is a directory of human services for Herkimer County.
Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or family friend caring for someone's child on a full-time basis?  Then this group is for you! come and enjoy coffee, treats and fellowship with other caregivers. Children & other family members welcomed. Starting September 2010 on the first Thursday of every month at the Neighborhood Center and the third Monday of every month at the Utica Public Library. See attached flyer for times & addresses.
Information about preventing Life Settlement Fraud.