Family members, caregivers and friends are encouraged to contact SUSAN KEIR, Outreach Coordinator, if you know of an elder who may benefit from involvement in the programming available through the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. Interaction with other members of the senior community can be therapeutic as well as enjoyable for many elders.
Home visits are also available, through the Outreach Program, as well as in conjunction with the Public Health Nurse through Nurselink.
Outreach also works with others in the community such as the Mattapoisett Police Dept., Fire Dept., Veterans' Office, Coastline Elderly Services, the Lions Club, and other organizations, to identify elders in the community who may most benefit from occasional home delivered meals, gift baskets, and more. For more information on these programs, please contact the COA.
The Friendly Visitor Program is one program offered through the Outreach Program available to elders who are generally homebound and who may enjoy a social visit from a friendly volunteer for an hour each week. Interested parties may call the Mattapoisett COA at 508.758.4110 for additional information. See the COA website section entitled: FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM for more information.
Susan Keir, a resident of Mattapoisett who joined us as Outreach Coordinator on May 6th 2013. She joined us with a strong background in elder services, managing many different programs, including twelve years coordinating the Money Management program at BayPath Elder Services. Susan looks forward to developing some existing programs, such as the Friendly Visitor Program to enable more residents to benefit from the gift of friendship. Working with the senior population for many years dealing with difficult situations and constant challenges, Susan has a very clear understanding of the need for confidentiality and sensitivity.
Susan shares our goal is to enable the seniors of Mattapoisett to remain safely in their own homes as long as possible, with full support of the Senior Center.
Our Outreach team will be helping residents be pro-active in preparing for the future by conducting assessments of current and potential long-term needs. This confidential process can be done at home or at the COA. If you or someone you know is 60 or older, please call the COA.
You may reach Susan at 508-758-4110 or by e-mail. Her office hours are: Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:30-4 p.m. and by appointment. The Outreach Program at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging is funded, in part, through a federal Title III grant through Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.
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