Caregiver Referral Service: The Thompson partners with the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) for a caregiver referral service. Please call OHF at (802) 457-4188 to receive names and resumes of private caregivers and caregiver companies. The Community Care Coordinators (802- 457-5414) can also provide help in reviewing resumes and finding the right caregiver or homemaker for you.
Community Care Coordinator Program: The Community Care Coordinators (CCCs) are a resource to help coordinate medical care and offer information about respite care, assisted living, nursing homes and ‘aging in place’ initiatives in our communities and they link patients to Medicare and Medicaid, transportation, and financial resources. The CCCs support the Thompson by providing home visits to patrons, facilitating a monthly Caregiver Support Luncheon, and assisting Thompson patrons with financial grants primarily related to healthcare. The CCCs have office hours at The Thompson each Friday. Call the Thompson for an appointment, or reach the CCCs directly at The Ottauquechee Health Center at (802) 457-5414.
Medical Equipment: The Thompson has a supply of durable medical equipment to be loaned out as needed, including walkers, rollators, canes, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. There is no charge and no time limit on borrowing these items. If you need it and we have it, you are welcome to borrow it, so be sure to check with us before purchasing. We also accept donations of these items when you are finished with them. Please contact Shari to donate or borrow medical equipment: (802) 457-3277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicare Counseling: Individual appointments can be made with a skilled Medicare Counselor whether you have questions about turning 65 and signing up for Medicare or you’re looking for the best Medicare D plan for you and need help signing up during open enrollment. Call the center to find out more or to request an appointment. (802) 457-3277. Other great Medicare resources can be found on the National Council on Aging website: MyMedicareMatters or Turning 65 soon? Visit this page (click here).
Resources and Referrals: We partner with the Community Care Coordinators, Senior Solutions, Vermont Legal Aide, and other volunteers to provide additional resources for fuel assistance, insurance questions, Medicare enrollment, legal support, and more. Please contact us with any question and we’ll help you find the answer. (802) 457-3277 or email@example.com
Tax Assistance: Tax preparation services are offered for free by trained AARP volunteers (Tax-Aide) from January through April each year. Call early to schedule an appointment. Appointments fill-up quickly. (802) 457-3277
Transportation: The Thompson Center operates a door-to-door transportation program for seniors and disabled community members from the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, and Woodstock. Read more about our transportation program here….
LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES:
The Ellaway Group through the Ellaway’s Attic and Connected-at-Home offer a variety of aging at home services and assistance. From consigning furniture & downsizing to concierge services and check-in calls, they offer a fee based program to simplify your life. Visit their website: http://ellawaypropertyservices.com/ or http://connected-at-home.com/ or call (802) 457-1040
Senior Solutions (Formerly The Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) is one of five Area Agencies on Aging in Vermont. The five AAAs work together to provide a consistent package of services statewide. Looking for Case Management, Fuel Assistance, Nutrition Counseling, Options Counseling — Visit the Senior Solutions website: www.seniorsolutionsvt.org/ or call the Senior HelpLine: 1-800-642-5119.
Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) provides Good Neighbor Grants for individuals unable to pay for healthcare. Visit their website to learn more http://www.ohfvt.org/ or call (802) 457-4188. The OHF website also lists a detailed list of healthcare resources in our area.
The Ottauquechee Resource Manual (the little blue book) is a directory of non-profits in all sectors from Housing to Food to Transportation. You can download it here: CommunityResourceDirectory 2011
Woodstock Area Job Bank provides job referrals for workers and also helps those who are looking for workers find them. If you’re looking for help around the house or yard, this is a great resource! Visit their website: http://woodstockjobbank.org/ or call (802) 457-3835
Prescription Drug Return is a way to safely dispose of prescription drugs. Misuse and abuse of prescription medicines can be harmful to people and properly disposing of these medications helps protect our environment. Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership provides useful information, as well as, collection sites.
Vermont’s Seasonal Fuel Assistance Program can help pay part of your home heating bills whether you own your home or rent; pay for heat directly or as part of rent; rent a room in someone’s home; or live in public, subsidized, or Section 8 housing – even if your rent includes the cost of heat. Plus, recent program changes mean more Vermont families may be eligible because monthly income limits have been increased, and the resource test has been eliminated.
New guidelines allow applicants to apply year round! Click Here or dial 2-1-1 for eligibility and application information.
If you have a heating crisis during the winter, Crisis Fuel may be able to help.
Don’t find a resource you’re looking for here? Please call us at (802) 457-3277