Contact information:Mary Ellen Gomes, Director
Westport Senior Center
75 Reed Road
Westport, MA 02790-1135
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.-- Monday - Friday
Council on Aging
Senior Social Day Program
The primary function of the Westport Council on Aging is to identify and meet the needs of Westport’s elder population and to inform elders and the community of available services.
Federal and state bills concerning elders can be explained and tracked. Statistics from our files are used to help support elder issues.
Is our A.S.A.P., which provides home care services to lower-income persons 60+, who need assistance to stay in their homes. Services include: case management, homemaker, home health aides, companions, crisis intervention, etc. Our C.O.A. will refer you, or you can call BES directly at  675-2101.
A monthly self-help group that meets at the Center -- focusing on coping, caring, and emotional support, while providing resources and information to caregivers. Contact Phyllis Sandman, 508-636-1026.
Aerobics, art expressions, billiards, bingo, knitting, massage, meditation, osteoporosis-prevention, poetry writing, quilting, T’ai Chi, watercolor and quilting are a few of the activities held at the Senior Center. Call for information.
These folks visit homebound elders on a routine basis, providing conversation and cheer, as well as some respite for caregivers. They also check on the isolated client's well-being and report needs to us.
A list of isolated, frail elders is prepared each year for the Emergency Management Director. During civil emergencies, these clients will be checked on by the Emergency Management Agency.
Emergency funds are available, on a limited basis, through Bristol Elder Services, Inc., and also through the Friends of the Westport COA, Inc., for conditions constituting an immediate threat to an elder’s safety or health.
Our free, monthly bulletin is distributed to over 75 locations throughout the Town. If you would like to receive it by email please send your Name, telephone and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on Facebook and get the latest news on events and programs.
S.H.I.N.E. [Serving Health Information Needs of Elders] is a volunteer program whose purpose is to ensure elders access to accurate, unbiased information, counseling, and assistance regarding their health care needs and benefits. Call the COA counselor for an appointment.
Job Opportunities Bank for Seniors is a list of local people available to work for short periods at reasonable rates. Clients do their own screening.
This legal assistance program is available for elders 60+, with the first consultation free. There is a sliding-scale fee for additional legal services. Call South Coastal Counties Legal Service, Inc. at 508-676-6265.
Elders 60+ are eligible to eat lunch at our Center on weekdays at 11:30 a.m., for a small-suggested donation of $2/meal. Reservations need to be made two days in advance, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call the COA kitchen at 508-636-1026.
A program for isolated, homebound elders who cannot prepare their own noon meal. Applications for this BES program are available through the COA. A suggested donation of $2/meal is requested.
Wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, etc. are available to be lent without charge. Call ahead for availability.
Routine nail-cutting clinics are held several times a year at a local Podiatrist’s office. Appointments and transportation are arranged by the COA, 508-636-1026.
Provides coverage for most prescription drugs to eligible Massachusetts seniors and qualified people with disabilities; administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. This is a no premium insurance policy which may help pay all or part of your monthly premium, deductible, and co-payments.
--“The Group” For adults 60+, who need supervision and socialization during the day, elders are provided with a structured program in a safe and caring environment; and their families are provided respite time. The Social Day Program service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Senior Center. For $30 per day, snacks, meals, and supervision are included. Transportation is provided per request on a sliding-fee scale. (More info . . .)
Information about Medicare insurance, supplements, MassHealth, etc., call the SHINE counselor. Telephone consultations and one-on-one appoint-ments can be arranged for Westport residents by calling 508-636-1026.
Volunteers from A.A.R.P. will help you with simple tax forms from February through April. Call the C.O.A. for details.
Our handicapped-accessible vans are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Westport residents to appointments in Westport, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth. The cost is $3 one way and $5 round trip.
Westport Council on Aging needs volunteers to help at the Senior Center and out in the community. Please call the Senior Center (508-636-1026) if you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities: