Providing For The Elderly
Pasco County Senior Services is a division of the Pasco County Community Services Department. The division offers both congregate and home delivered meals. Home delivered meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act (OAA) channeled through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. These meals are for individuals who are age 60 or over, frail and homebound. Income is not a factor in determining eligibility.
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In Pasco County, nearly 15,000 senior citizens are eligible for food stamps but only 2,100 are receiving food stamps. Pasco County Senior Services feeds 800 senior citizens a day, 5 days a week, but financial funding has been cut. There are currently over 200 home-bound senior citizens on the waiting list for one meal a day.
Pasco County Public Transportation is also available to some of the senior centers. In addition Paratransit is a door-to-door advance reservation service, provided throughout the County, to those persons unable to access transit service because of a verifiable disability, environmental barrier, or distance from a route. Please see congregate dining locations for the senior center near you. Nutrition education and nutrition counseling are available to all enrollees in the OAA home delivered meals or congregate programs. These services are provided at no cost and are aimed to benefit the enrollee.
Several new congregate participants have been unable to participate in games or other activities due to severe physical and/or cognitive impairments. To benefit these clients, artistic coloring books were purchased for each of our six Senior Centers.
Due to severe mobility impairments one of the seniors has experienced muscle atrophy and her hands are ridden with arthritis. The motions this seniors use with their hands to color has been great physical therapy and encouraged by their doctor. Many at the centers have completed beautiful artistic pieces that are now framed and hang proudly in the Senior Centers.