Council on Aging Services

Advocacy

Federal and state bills concerning elders can be explained and tracked. Statistics from our files are used to help support elder issues.

Bristol Elder Services, Inc.

This 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 (508) 675-2101.

Caregiver Support Group

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.

Classes

Aerobics, billiards, bingo, knitting, massage, osteoporosis-prevention, poetry writing, quilting, T’ai Chi, watercolor, and quilting are a few of the activities held at the Senior Center. Click here to visit the Evergreen Newsletter page to see the current schedule, or call (508) 636-1026 for information.

Friendly Visitor

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.

Emergency Help

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

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.

“Evergreen” Newsletter

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 the COA Volunteers email by clicking here. You can also find us on Facebook and get the latest news on events and programs.

Insurance Counseling

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.

J.O.B.S.

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.

Lawyer Referral Services

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.

Meal Site

Elders 60+ are eligible to eat lunch at our Center on weekdays at 11:30am, for a small, suggested donation of $2/meal. Reservations need to be made two days in advance, between 9:00am and 11:00am. Call the COA kitchen at (508) 636-1026.

Meals-On-Wheels

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.

Medical Equipment Closet

The COA has a "loan closet" with durable medical equipment for Westport elderly and disabled individuals. Please contact one of our Outreach Workers for more information. Wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, etc. are available to be lent without charge. Call ahead for availability.

Podiatry Clinics

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.

Prescription Advantage

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.

S.H.I.N.E. (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders)

For information about Medicare insurance, supplements, MassHealth, etc., call the SHINE counselor. Telephone consultations and one-on-one appointments can be arranged for Westport residents by calling (508) 636-1026.

Tax Assistance

Volunteers from A.A.R.P. will help you with simple tax forms from February through April. Call the C.O.A. for details.

Volunteers Needed

Westport Council on Aging needs volunteers to help at the Senior Center and out in the community. Please call the Senior Center at (508) 636-1026 if you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Reception - Answering phones, making appointments, providing information
  • Supportive Day Program Aide - Assist with daily activities of the program
  • Evergreen Newsletter Deliverers - Alternates
  • Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) - Weekly calls to homebound or isolated elders
  • Van Escorts - To accompany van clients to doctor's appointments, shopping, etc.
  • Friendly Visitors - To visit isolated and homebound elders weekly
  • Shoppers - To run shopping errands for homebound elders