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Lafourche Council On Aging

The Lafourche Area Agency on Aging/Council on Aging, Inc. serves the Lafourche Parish area by providing leadership on a parish wide basis in planning, coordination, and stimulation of resources for community based programs for older persons.

      Services are available for older persons throughout the parish.
  Some of those services include:

    Medical Alert Systems

         Special pricing for Acadian On Call medical alert systems is available through the Council.  Click here for more details.


    Medicaid Applications

         Applications for Medicaid are filled out for people of all ages. Applicants must call for an appointment.

    Nutrition Congregate Meals

         This service provides nutritionally balanced meals in a group setting along with supporting services such as outreach and nutrition education provided by the Lafourche Council on Aging. The meals are subcontracted through the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department. A donation $2.33 per meal is encouraged.

    Nutrition Home Delivered Meals

         This service provides for a hot, nutritious meal, five days a week, Monday-Friday to persons 60 and older who are temporarily or chronically home bound. The meals are subcontracted through the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department. A donation of $2.33 per meal is encouraged.

    Homemaker Services

         This service provides light housekeeping, preparation of food, and non-medical personal care depending on the older person’s needs. Errand services are available for the home bound to the nearest store, pharmacy, etc.

    Information and Assistance

         This service helps older persons to obtain assistance in solving problems by providing information about and referrals to available services and service agencies. Outreach workers follow up on referrals, visit with older persons in their homes in order to determine their needs and seek out the isolated elderly.

    Assessment/Screening

         Administers standard procedures for the purpose of gathering information about client to determine need and/or eligibility for services.

    Transportation Services

         This service assists the elderly and disabled (60 years or older) who wish to travel anywhere in the parish and surrounding areas. Scheduling is required 24 hours in advance. Donations for this service are appreciated.


    Energy Assistance

         Services for this program are coordinated with our local Community Action Agency for the low-income, needy, elderly of the parish. This includes LIHEAP, Helping Hands, and co-op care.

    Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Program

         This program is designed to maintain and improve health, well-being and physical fitness to persons 60 years and older through group exercise, music, art and dance movement therapy.

    Respite Care

         Provides relief to caregivers who attend and care for frail, elderly, and disabled individuals. This program is subcontracted through the Medical Team.

    Senior Citizens Centers

         Community facilities which offer a wide range of services including recreation and continuing education and serve as a focal point in the community for older persons. Centers also provide co-location of services.

    Benefits Checkup

         The National Council on Aging has a benefit program called benefits checkup. This program assists clients 60 years of age and older who want to know exactly what benefits they qualify for. The Lafourche Council on Aging gets information from the client and inputs the information into the computer, and the computer tells the Council on Aging exactly what benefits the client is eligible to receive. Typical benefits could include Food Stamps, a Low Income Subsidy, Medicaid, LiHeap, Weatherization, Tax Credits or MSP. The Council on Aging takes applications and forwards the application to the appropriate agency for eligibility.

    Outreach

         This service provides a “search and identify” program for hard to reach individuals to assist them in gaining access to needed services and provide them and their families the most appropriate care available in order to enable them to remain as independent as possible.

    Recreation

         This service provides activities such as sports, supervised activity classes, performing arts, trips, games, and crafts facilitated by a provider.

    SHIIP - Senior Health Insurance Information Program

         Volunteers trains by a representative from the Office of Insurance Commissioner assist individuals in filling out forms. Call your local Senior Center or the Lafourche Council on Aging Office for more information.

    Senior Games

         This program promotes physical skills in the elderly by providing State and Regional games.

    Newsletter

         Educates and informs the elderly of the parish on upcoming events and activities.

    Legal Services

         Provides legal advice and counseling to older persons and includes serving as an advocate of the elderly who may have consumer problems. This service is subcontracted through Capital Area Legal Services.

    Title V Employment

         This program is a part-time employment training program for clients ages 55 years and older. It locates full/part time job opportunities in the community after the training period.

    Follow-Up evaluations

         Determines the quality and/or effectiveness of a service provided to an individual client.

    Health Screenings

         This service provides preventive medical services such as blood pressure readings, etc. Health education and counseling are conducted by qualified personnel at central locations.

    Material Aid

         This service is coordinated with the local Community Action Agency providing commodity distribution, electric fans, blankets, and related items to low income, needy elderly of Lafourche Parish.

    National Family Caregivers Program

         This program provides multifaceted systems of support services for family caregivers and for grandparents or older individuals who are caregivers of relatives.

    Medicare Part D: Medication Plan

         The Lafourche Council on Aging, Inc. assist clients who are 60 years of age or older on medicare in finding prescription drug plans to suite their needs. When applying for these plans you must bring proof of income of everyone in the household, your medicare card, and all your medications you are currently taking. Any one on medicare qualifies for Medicare Part D, no matter what your income is. The reason we ask for income, is if your income is low, you may qualify for other programs where you may pay $0 - $6.30 per medication. Please call for an appointment.

      STAFF:

      Executive  Director:  Charlene Rodriguez  email
      Assistant Director: Debrah Terrebonne
      Financial Administrator:  Jodie Graves


      CONTACT US:

      Lafourche Council On Aging
      4876 Highway 1
      Mathews, LA 70375
      (985) 532-0757


      Visit our website at www.lafourchecoa.org

       
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