Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today to announce the Suffolk County Office for the Aging will be on the receiving end of an additional $2.5 million dollars in State funding that was secured in the 2019 State Budget. The additional funding, provided through the New York State Office for the Aging, will help senior citizens remain independent in their own homes, reduce wait lists for community-based services, and diminish the need for premature institutionalization. The funding has the potential to benefit nearly 1,000 seniors across the County.
“This money will give the Town of Islip the opportunity to deliver meals to more seniors who are homebound. We are grateful to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for making these funds available. Our goal has always been to provide the types of services that will afford senior citizens the opportunity to remain independent and in their own home for as long as possible. These services provide significance on multiple levels, including nutritional and financial value, as well as the psychological benefit from social interaction with others. Additionally, caregivers are afforded relief from preparing meals throughout the day,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
The current waiting lists for seniors in Suffolk County include nearly 500 individuals for Case Management, over 650 individuals for Home delivered meals and approximately 100 individuals for Home Care. The Suffolk County Office for the Aging will also look at the additional programs where demand is exceeding the services available, such as legal aid and residential repair.
Suffolk County has the largest over-60 population in the state outside of New York City, a population that has continued to grow over the last several decades. The additional State funding towards Suffolk’s growing senior population represents a 23% increase over the 2018 State Budget and an important legislative victory for County Executive Bellone’s 2019 State Agenda. This investment is designed to provide the services that are in need to Suffolk’s Senior Community.
The County Office for the Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging and funding from the Older Americans Act and New York State passes to the office. Aging provides services directly or by contract with the 10 townships and non-profit agencies in Suffolk County.