January 8, 2014

Cold to the bone




If your fuel-oil levels are entering the danger zone, help from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is offered at the Clinton County Office for the Aging.

“We’re sending the info out to the Department of Social Services,” said Sally Garvey, coordinator of Aging Services.

“They look at assets you have. It may require a call from them, and they will look at those things. We’re helping people get their emergency HEAP if they’re eligible.”

If no one in a household is 60 or older, the asset cutoff is less than $2,000.

“Money in the bank, things considered assets are a life-insurance plan, something you can cash in,” Garvey said. “A burial plan, they have to be irrevocable or they are considered an asset.”

If a household contains a member 60 or older, there is a $3,000 asset limit.


Garvey said her agency has received calls from seniors looking for someone to clear away snow and ice.

“Some people have been stuck,” she said. “There is the Senior Care, Senior Repair Program at JCEO, a program putting together people who want to do work in the community. Some want to be paid and some volunteer their time.”

“It’s a listing of individuals that will do a service for seniors, such as housekeeping, snow removal, minor repairs, companionship, shopping assistance,” said Julie Stalker, senior outreach director for JCEO.

 “There is a variety of things. Seniors can contact us, and we can give them some names of individuals that may be able to help.”

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WHAT: Senior Care, Senior Repair Program.

PHONE: JCEO at 561-6310.

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