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Senior Services

561 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488
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P:(203) 262-0651
F:(203) 267-4776
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Senior Services Programs


Southbury Senior Services office provides information, referral and outreach services to Southbury's senior population.

Energy Assistance

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which is administered by the Department of Social Services and coordinated by New Opportunities Inc., is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of our most vulnerable lower income households. The Senior Services completes applications for winter heating aid for low-income elderly households from October through May. Income and asset verification is required. For more information, including income eligibility guidelines, please visit Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Southbury Emergency Fuel Bank - Clients are required to apply first to federal and state energy assistance programs before requesting assistance through the Emergency Southbury Fuel Bank. For those who qualify, assistance is offered only in crisis situations or after the client has exhausted all other forms of energy assistance benefits. For those who do not qualify for other assistance programs, assistance is offered on a one-time basis. The fuel bank is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Contact the Senior Services Office for additional information

Medical Assistance

Title 19 (Medicaid) - The Medicaid program provides for remedial, preventive, and long term medical care for income eligible aged, blind or disabled individuals

Municipal Agent

The Municipal Agent for the Elderly program was established in 1972 by the Connecticut State Legislature in order to assure that elderly persons in each town have an officially appointed representative who is responsible for providing elders with information and assistance on services and benefits.

Information, referral, and assistance are available by contacting Tamath Rossi at 203-262-0651 during business hours.

Nutrition Assistance

The Southbury Food Bank (203) 721-0377 - is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon and 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. It is housed at the 88 Main St. South in Southbury. A referral form from Social Services is required prior to your first visit. Applications are available at the Social Services/Senior Services office. Please visit Southbury Food Bank's website for more information.

SNAP - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income people and families afford the cost of food at the supermarket or grocery store. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at your local DSS Regional Office. Applications are also available at the Senior Services Department. Please call 203-262-0651 for more information.

Congregate Meal Sites - Congregate meal sites provide hot, nutritionally balanced meals to the elderly or disabled adults in a group setting who may otherwise not eat properly and who can profit from an opportunity to socialize with others. Eligibility requirements for program participants include:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Regardless of your age, you are the spouse of the person 60 + years of age
  • Handicapped or disabled individuals who reside in a housing facility

Meal Sites in Southbury include:

  • Southbury Senior Center (203) 262-0631
  • Southbury, Grace Meadows (203) 264-3228
(Please call the meal site for details on meal times and reservations requirements.)

Home Delivered Meals

Home-delivered meal programs provide elderly residents of Southbury with a nutritious, hot meal each day. For a nominal fee, older adults who are homebound or unable to prepare a meal can have them delivered by a volunteer 5 days a week.

Meals on Wheels in Waterbury: (203) 575-9799

Renters Rebate

State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home may be eligible for this program. The renters' rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments made in the calendar year prior to the year in which the renter applies. Applications, by appointment, may be made at the Senior Services Department between April and October.

Tax Relief

The Town of Southbury has several programs which offer substantial property tax relief for qualifying seniors THROUGH THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE. Please click here for details.

Homecare

The CT Home Care Program for Elders may help you or a family member continue living at home as an alternative to nursing home placement. The program is state and federally funded and administered by the State Department of Social Services, Alternate Care Unit. Under the program, a review is made of each applicant’s needs. The purpose of the review is to determine if you can remain in your home with the help of homecare services. If you qualify, the Home Care Program for Elders can offer you help with daily living activities such as cleaning, cooking and other chores. The Home Care Program for Elders can also help you with some medical needs by providing visiting nurses or home health aides. For more information or to begin the screening process call 1-800-445-5394 or visit the CT Home Care for Elders website.

The Veterans Administration will assist you in applying for an underutilized program “Aid and Attendance Benefit”. It will help subsidize Veterans and surviving spouses of Veterans who are in need of recurring assistance with ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) i.e. meal time routines, bathing, toileting, dressing, medication reminders or other tasks related to remaining at home safely. It may also assist with cost while a Veteran or spouse is a patient in a nursing home or resident at an assisted living facility.

This subsidy is part of the "Pension Benefit" and does not require service-related injuries to access the benefit. However, income and asset restrictions are in place for this program.

Housing

Subsidized Rental Communities

  • Southbury - Grace Meadows, 380 North Poverty Road, Southbury, CT 06488. 203-264-3228
  • Woodbury - Spruce Bank, 823 Main St S., Woodbury, CT 06798. 203-266-4628
Assisted Living
  • The Hearth at Southbury, Enriched & Assisted Living • Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
    655 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 437-6819 • FAX (203) 267-7125
  • Pomperaug Woods, Southbury Connecticut Lifecare Retirement Community
    80 Heritage Road, Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 262-6555
  • The Watermark at East Hill, Independent Living & Assisted Living
    611 East Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 262-6868
Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Lutheran Home of Southbury - 990 Main Street, N., Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 264-9135
  • River Glen Health Care - 162 South Britain Road, Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 264-9600
  • The Watermark at East Hill - 611 East Hill Road, Southbury, CT 06488, (203) 262-6868

Legal Information

Free counseling and representation on many Elder Law issues is available to those persons age 60 and older who may not be able to afford to hire a private attorney for a civil matter. Priority for representation is given the four areas below:

  • Access to health care
  • Federal and state benefit and support programs
  • Rights of nursing home residents
  • Legal issues which are the direct result of a client’s poverty

Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (http://connlegalservices.org/): Western Connecticut: 85 Central Avenue Waterbury, CT 06702 800-413-7797 or 203-756-8074

Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. also offers seniors with consumer problems free legal assistance through its Consumer Law Project for Elders (CLPE) hotline. The Hotline will provide free advice, representation and referrals to seniors 60 and older with such consumer problems as credit card debt, medical debt, abusive and harassing collection practices and identity theft.

Seniors with other consumer problems can also call the hotline Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 800-296-1467

Protective Services

This State of Connecticut program is designed to safeguard people 60 years and older from physical, mental and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment and/or financial abuse and exploitation. Staff may help the person remain in the living situation he or she prefers, safeguard legal rights, prevent bodily injury or harm, determine service needs and then mobilize resources to provide necessary services. To report cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation, call the toll-free referral line at 1-888-385-4225. Your identity may remain anonymous if you wish.

Veterans' Services

The CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs was established in 1987 with the Office of Advocacy and Assistance as a sub-division of the Department. The Office of Advocacy and Assistance, with offices and Service Officers in each of the six congressional districts, provides advice and assistance to the state’s veterans and their dependents in obtaining comprehensive rights, benefits and privileges to which they may be entitled under law.

Assistance is provided by accredited Veterans’ Affairs Service Officers trained to provide a variety of services for eligible veterans and their dependents. They are certified to represent eligible veterans before the U.S Department of Veterans’ Affairs and to act as formal representatives for such veterans needing assistance.

Southbury’s Contact Person: Peter M. DiMaria, Veterans Service Officer
55 West Main Street, Suite 140, Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: 203-805-6340, Fax: 203-805-6341
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

State Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund

The purpose of the State Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund is to provide temporary financial assistance to meet, or help to meet, the health and maintenance needs of eligible applicants (veterans and their dependents who demonstrate a “need”). Funds may be used for food, clothing, medical or hospital care, or funeral expenses. Eligibility Requirements: A veteran and his/her dependents must live in Connecticut at the time of application and while receiving aid; the veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service; and the applicant must have served a minimum of 90 days unless discharged for a service-connected disability as specified in the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 27-103.

Veterans Administration Waterbury Office 182 Grand Street Waterbury, CT 06702 Phone: (203) 596-4214