Senior Options for Independence
Add our Extended In-Home Family to Yours
It can be overwhelming. Giving a senior you love the support they need to stay in their home. After a hospitalization. Through chronic health issues. Doing benefits applications. Insurance paperwork. Fairport Baptist Homes Senior Options For Independence (SOFI) acts in an advisory and referral capacity, guiding seniors, and/or their caregivers, through the maze of support services available in the community, enabling them to remain in their own homes, independently, with less strain on family and friends, as long as possible.
Who we help:
- Fairport/Perinton residents aged 60 and older
- Residents under the age of 60 who experience one or more impairments that make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.
What we offer you:
- In-home assessment and consultation
- Safety checks
- Caregiver support
- Connections to a wide variety of support services
- Friendly visits
- Housecleaning and yard work services
- Home repair services
- Meals at home, or the senior center
- Assistive devices, like walkers and hearing aids
- Respite for family caregivers
- Bathing/dressing services
- Emergency response systems
- Mental health evaluations
- Financial and legal counseling
- Long-term care planning
- Referral and benefit application assistance
- Support groups
- For medical appointments and essential errands like grocery shopping, banking, etc., within the Town of Perinton, door-to-door and wheelchair-accessible transportation services for residents aged 60 and older, via Elderbus
- For medical appointments outside of Perinton, door-to-door transportation provided by Senior Options For Independence volunteer drivers, is available
- Volunteer opportunities available
- Education on topics of interest to seniors, their families and caregivers
Free Information Packet
People you should know:
- Jeanne Read, Community Care Manager 585.377.7830
- Vickie Hamling, Community Care Manager 585.377.7830
- Biagio Zarcone,Community Care Manager/Program Coordinator 585.377.7830
- Heide George, Community Care Manager/Mental Health Coordinator 585.377.7830
- Robin Casella, Transportation Coordinator 585.377.8117
In 2006, Fairport Baptist Homes’ Community Ministries was awarded a grant from the New York State Office for the Aging to establish a NNORC (Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) within the Town of Perinton, and launched the “ENGAGE” program. The NNORC is a defined geographically contiguous area containing no senior-specific housing, in which a minimum of 40% of the households contain at least one resident who is 60 years of age or older. The NNORC concept provides both social services and medical support in this area, while working to build a strong community model in which neighbors take care of each other in order to support successful aging in place. The NNORC service area is bounded by Kreag Road to the west, Ayrault Road to the north, Turk Hill Road to the east, and Pittsford-Palmyra Road to the south. The “ENGAGE” Resident Advisory Board meets regularly at the Town of Perinton Community Center; part of their ongoing work is to educate and reach out to the “ENGAGE” community, gathering neighbors’ input for the program’s successful implementation. The Advisory Board also provides input and feedback on the perceived needs of seniors in the “ENGAGE” area, to help with the ongoing development of the “ENGAGE” initiative, to monitor results with staff and to plan and implement various community activities to enhance participation in the program and promote its success in the community.
Senior Living Council
The Fairport/Perinton Senior Living Council is a local organization working to help citizens in the community to live independently as long as possible. In 1984, a group of concerned individuals formed the Fairport Quality of Life Committee, and in 1988, the Town of Perinton, Village of Fairport and Perinton Churches Housing, Inc. incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, founding the Fairport/Perinton Senior Living council (SLC).
Volunteers are essential to Fairport Baptist Homes Senior Options for Independence program, with volunteers of all ages needed to help their senior Perinton neighbors stay safe, healthy and secure in their own homes by making friendly visits, reassuring phone calls and assisting them with tasks they can no longer easily accomplish, like shopping, minor home repair, meal preparation, driving, light housekeeping, and yard work. When someone can no longer safely climb a stool to change a light bulb, a volunteer can make all the difference in the world! Time commitments are flexible. For more information or to become a volunteer, please contact Biagio Zarcone at 585.388.2349.
One of the most pressing needs in order for seniors to maintain an independent lifestyle is the availability of transportation. SOFI provides door-to-door and wheelchair-accessible transportation services within the Town of Perinton for residents aged 60 and older, for medical appointments and essential errands via the Elderbus. Essential errands include trips to the grocery store, post office, pharmacy, barbershop, hairdressers, bank, etc. The Elderbus runs Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Reservations should be made at least one day in advance. In addition, door to door transportation provided by SOFI volunteer drivers is available for medical appointments outside of Perinton. Wheelchair accessible transportation is not available from Fairport Baptist Homes volunteers, but if necessary, a Fairport Baptist Homes Senior Options For Independence care manager can make a referral to another appropriate program.) Reservations for volunteer transportation service should be made as soon as the medical appointment is made, but no later than 48 hours in advance. A recommended donation based on the extent of the trip is appreciated. For more information or for transportation scheduling, please contact Robin Casella at (585) 377-8117. For more information or to become a transportation volunteer, please contact Robin Casella at 585-377-8117.