FRIENDS OF SENIORS OF DUTCHESS COUNTY CORP.
1. We provide transportation for seniors to non-emergency medical appointments including doctor visits, labs, physical therapy, dental appointments, dialysis and surgical procedures. If a volunteer is available, we can start driving at 5:00 a.m. and drive until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We do drive on some Saturdays and Sundays, if a volunteer is available. We travel to appointments within Dutchess County as well as to medical appointments in Albany, New York City, Connecticut, Westchester and Putnam counties . Due to transportation cutbacks for seniors in Dutchess County, the requests for transportation have increased significantly. Thus, we require at least two weeks' notice to reserve a ride. Please do not hesitate to call Friends of Seniors if you have an appointment "tomorrow." We will do the best we can to accommodate you. Seniors in the Town of Beekman require only seven days' notice. The ideal situation is that you call Friends of Seniors as soon as you make your appointment, even if it is a year in advance.
2. We provide assistance with grocery shopping, either for or with a senior depending on the individual's need and preference. We shop for those individuals who have no other means to get food with the exception of the town Beekman, where we will take all seniors who request our shopping services.
3. We provide visiting services.
4. We provide telephone reassurance on an as needed basis.
5. We provide respite for primary caregivers.
6. If Friends of Seniors cannot help an individual, we will do our best to find an agency or organization that has the resources to meet the requested service.
Friends of Seniors is not an emergency service. If you are in need of immediate assistance and/or do have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
We sometimes need to work with the families in regard transportation needs.
There is no fee for services provided, although many of our clients prefer to donate $5 to $10 each time the client is served. All donations are tax-deductible.
We do not drive in inclement weather. It is up the volunteer and the senior, but the rule of thumb is if the schools are closed, so are we.
We are sorry...Friends of Seniors cannot transport people in wheelchairs or on oxygen. Since we all drive our own cars, we are not equipped nor are we medically trained to transfer people in wheelchairs or take people on oxygen. That said, call us anyway and we will refer you to an organization or an agency that can assist you.
Through a grant provided to us from the Margaret J. Campbell and Dorothy P. Campbell Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, we do assist people who need rides to dialysis.
Volunteers cannot provide hands on care, such as personal grooming, transferring to bed to chair, etc. We are not qualified and therefore cannot administer medication. We do not provide housekeeping services nor do we do outside chores - no snow shoveling, no mowing the lawn, etc. We can give you information about where those type services are provided.
Medicaid recipients have free non-emergency medical transportation provided to them through Medicaid; therefore we do not transport people who have Medicaid. If you are on Medicaid, call your case worker to inquire about obtaining a voucher for non-emergency medical transportation. However, if necessary, we do provide shopping services, visiting, respite for primary caregivers and telephone reassurance for Medicaid recipients.
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BOSS!:
Volunteers are reimbursed for their mileage at .40/mile.
Volunteer work is flexible and up to the volunteer. Because of the nature of today's busy world, people who want to volunteer cannot always work within volunteer organizations' time frames. Friends of Seniors believes THE VOLUNTEER IS THE BOSS!
Your volunteer work is based on your availability. When FoS calls you to assist a senior, if you're available, then arrangements will be made. Perhaps you have time only to take someone to their medical appointment, but no time to take that person back home. Friends of Seniors will make arrangements with another volunteer to take the senior back home. While you're out taking care of your own errands, you can pick up a senior, take him/her to the medical appointment and continue on with your day. Or while your grocery shopping for your own family, you can shop for someone who might not be able to get out to shop for himself or herself. Or you can drop off the client at his/her appointment, run your own errands and then go back to pick up the client to take him/her home.
All volunteers have excess coverage of up to $50,000 in medical coverage, $500,000 in auto liability and $1,000,000 in personal liability insurance coverage. In the unfortunate event that a volunteer is involved in an automobile accident while doing Friends of Seniors volunteer work, the volunteer must go through his/her insurance first. If the costs are above the volunteer's own insurance, Friends of Seniors' insurance picks up the costs from there. This is standard with all volunteer organizations. However, if a volunteer is in a car accident, while doing Friends of Seniors volunteer work, Friends of Seniors will pay half your car insurance deductible if the following criteria has been met: the volunteer has taken the NY State Driver's Course within three years of the date of the accident, and that we have a copy of the certificate on file, as well as a copy of your current driver's license, and current vehicle registration and insurance card.
FUNDING:Friends of Seniors is partially funded by the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services.
Mileage reimbursement to the volunteers is provided by a grant from the Dyson Foundation.
Friends of Seniors thanks all who are assisting us to carry out our mission statement.
A special thank you to our clients who make generous donations to our program.
And a very special thank you to the wonderful volunteers without whom this program would not exist.
42 Catharine St., Suite 210
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-2529