TIMESLEDGER, GUIDE TO QUEENS, SPRING/SUMMER 2022
City Department for the Aging
2 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10007
The DFTA is the coordinating and
planning agency that monitors
and develops programs and
services for the elderly.
Senior citizen centers serve
people 60 years and older by
providing nutritious meals and a
wide range of social, recreational,
educational, counseling and
other support services. Call the
department or go online for more
information and the location of a
center in your neighborhood.
The department provides
information and makes referrals
regarding needed services, such
n Home care
n Screening for Medicaid and
n Employment information
n Golden Park Passes
n Home-delivered meals
n Home Energy Assistance
n Senior Citizen Rent Increase
State Office for the Aging
1-844-697-6321 (hotline to aid
senior citizens with problems,
information and referrals)
Medicare is a health insurance
program for people 65 years
and older and those under 65
who are disabled. It is a national
program run by the federal
government. Medicare has two
parts: hospital insurance and
medical insurance. It covers
treatment of illnesses and the
cost of most necessary hospital
stays. If you are approaching 65,
remember enrollment periods for
1. Three months before your 65th
2. Between Jan. 1 and March 31
of each year. These are the only
times you will be able to apply
for the program. Bring your birth
certificate and Social Security
card when applying.
Call 1-800-772-1213 or visit your
local Social Security office:
n 28-18 Steinway St., 4th Floor,
n 138-50 Barclay Ave., Flushing,
n 155-10 Jamaica Ave., 3rd Floor,
n 42-15 Crescent St., Long Island
The Medicare Beneficiaries
Defense Fund is a nonprofit
that promotes and protects
the rights of Medicare patients
to quality, affordable health
care coverage. MBDF provides
self-help educational materials,
informational seminars, free
counseling, advocacy and public
education to seniors and people
with disabilities statewide.
For assistance or information
regarding Medicare, call 212-869-
Medicaid is a government
program for financially needy
persons. It covers doctors’
services and provides for
payment of prescribed medicines
and other medical supplies.
Contact the state Department
of Social Services for additional
information at 718-557-1399.
This provides information about
many city government social
services, including eviction
prevention, child care, Medicaid,
services for People with AIDS,
utility shutoffs, homeless
shelters, family problems, etc.
EPIC is a prescription drug
insurance plan for the elderly
sponsored by New York state.
This program is intended
for seniors who do not have
adequate insurance coverage
for prescription drug expenses.
To qualify, you must be a New
York state resident, 65 years
of age and older, and you must
meet the program’s income
guidelines. If eligible, you could
save as much as 60 percent on
the cost of prescription drugs.
To obtain more information and
an application, please call 1-800-
FOR THE ELDERLY
Health services are offered
completely without charge to
the elderly patient. It serves all
people who are 62 years or older.
Services are free and patients are
billed if referred to a hospital for
further services. For information,
New York Hospital Queens
Subspecialty clinics include
Dialysis and Arthritis
56-45 Main St.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Margaret Tietz Center for
164-11 Chapin Parkway
Jamaica Hills 11432
Flushing Hospital Medical
Geriatrics Division, Department
of Medicine Health Maintenance
Clinic for the Elderly 60 Years
45-00 Parsons Blvd.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Home Health Care Services: 718-
Geriatric Clinic Hours: Saturday, 9
a.m. to 11 a.m.
Geriatric Care 60 years and older;
89-00 Van Wyck Expressway
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Hours: Monday- Thursday, 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m.; riday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Medical Clinic, Psychiatric Clinic:
Sometimes family members who
are caring for a frail or disabled
person would like a chance to get
away for several hours or days.
This relief from their care-giving
responsibilities can be arranged
through respite services. A trained
volunteer or paid worker can stay
with the frail person overnight, up
to a maximum of several weeks.
Respite care also provides support
groups, counseling and training
for family members. Some respite
programs also offer a respite center
to which a frail person can move
for a while. Sometimes this enables
caregivers to take a vacation or a
Two respite options are available
to some Queens residents:
RBSCC, Inc. Respite Care
217 Wyckoff Ave, Flushing
Parker Jewish Geriatric
271-11 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park 11040
Home care services are
designed to delay or prevent
provide the extra help the
frail and elderly need to
remain in their own homes and
communities. The following
services may be available in
Home attendant services provide
personal care and assistance in the
activities of daily living to adults who
are aged, disabled or handicapped.
These services are provided at the
request of a physician. Services
are available to recipients of SSI,
Medicaid and Public Assistance.
Homemaker services provide
household management and personal
care for aged or handicapped
adults in order to prevent
their placement in institutions.
Homemakers deal with some of the
fundamental housekeeping chores
(cleaning, shopping, etc.), as well
as some personal care and home
management. Homemaker services
can be provided up to 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
Housekeeping is a part-time
service—up to 12 hours per week
for adults—generally provided to
elderly or handicapped individuals
who are medically in need of
this service and are unable to
perform basic household tasks.
Recipients of this service must be
able to direct and supervise the
housekeeper assigned to them.
Adults eligible for the service
include those receiving Public
Assistance, SSI and Medicaid.
Contact your local Community
Alternative Systems Agency II.
For people residing in Community
Boards 1 through 7 and 11:
33-28 Northern Blvd., 6th Floor
Long Island City 11101
HOME HEALTH AIDE
Home Health Aide Service provides
personal health care to adults
who are elderly, disabled or
handicapped. These services are
provided by aides who have been
specially trained and certified and
are supervised by nursing staff.
These services are provided at the
request of a physician for up to 24
hours a day to Medicaid-eligible
VISITING NURSE SERVICE
VNS serves Queens residents
through its borough office
in Flushing. VNS serves the
homebound with nursing, home
health aide and social work
services, as well as physical,
occupational and speech therapy.
When you are accepted into the
program, VNS Home Care and the
Department of Social Services will
work with you to determine which
services you will need to remain at
home safely. These services may
n Professional nursing services
n Home health aide services
n Personal care or housekeeping
n Physical, occupational and
n Speech therapy and audiology
n Medical social services
n Nutritional services
n Laboratory services
n Medical supplies, equipment
n Waived services, such as social
day care, social transportation,
respite care, home improvement
and home maintenance tasks
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