To better help serve you, please see the list of additional resources below. Valuable information on services offered by the Town of Manchester may also be obtained from the Human Services Directory.
A new website www.benefitscheckup.org is a free, easy-to-use service which identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. The National Council on Aging created Benefits CheckUp to help older adults quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Benefits CheckUp is completely confidential, and it takes only a few minutes to enter information about your financial situation into an online questionnaire. The Program then explains what benefit programs you may be eligible for and how to apply for them.
There is also a website for pharmaceuticals which can be reached at www.benefitscheckup.org - "Find Help Paying for Prescriptions."
Falls are a common problem among older adults, often resulting in pain and disability. Fortunately, there are proven interventions that can decrease the risk of falling or suffering an injury. Fall risk reduction involves identification of fall risk factors and specific interventions to decrease those risks. Please see www.fallprevention.org.
MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 700 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
The mission of the Manchester Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life for all Manchester residents by providing a comprehensive program of recreational opportunities for all ages, ability levels, and provides safe, attractive, well maintained, well managed parks and recreation facilities. For more information on available programs, please visit their website at http://www.townofmanchester.org/allsites/recreation/parksandrecreation.cfm.
Senior Adult and Family Services
Manchester Senior, Adult and Family Services works to improve the quality of life and help maintain the independence of Manchester residents by offering information, referral, outreach, advocacy, assessment of needs and individual consultation on human services benefits and programs. Senior, Adult and Family Services may be reached at 647-3096, or visit them on the web at http://safs.townofmanchester.org/.
The Manchester Housing Authority manages independent, elderly and disabled apartments and maintains a waiting list. Tenants age 62 and older, or disabled within income limits, pay approximately 30% of their income for rent. A structured system of services is not usually available but tenants may bring in their own help. The Manchester Housing Authority may be reached at 860-643-2163.
Congregate Housing is elderly rental housing which includes a private kitchen and bath and offers some assistance. Typically, services include one meal daily, housekeeping and recreation as well as an on-site staff person 24 hours per day for emergencies. Westhill Congregate may be contacted at 860-643-8881.
Orford Village Commons, offers independent subsidized apartments for people age 62 and older. Call 1-800-525-8478.
Assisted Living is a managed residential community of individual apartments that also provides support services through a licensed assisted living agency. Core services typically include laundry, recreation, meals, housekeeping, and transportation. Nursing services are also available. Monthly fees vary according to service level and apartment size.
Residential Care Homes are licensed by the Department of Public Health and are also called rest homes, homes for the aged, and board and care homes. Rooms are private or semi-private. The communal living environment includes three meals a day, housekeeping, medication supervision, recreation and 24-hour supervision. Some residents receive subsidies from CT Dept of Social Services, 860-647-1441.
Continuing-Care Retirement Communities or life-care communities provide various levels of care from independent living to nursing homes to meet the changing needs of residents. Residents must be independent upon admission and enter into a contract requiring a lump sum entrance fee and monthly fees.
Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program subsidizes qualified renters for private apartments they have located on their own. Call 860-643-2163 for requirements and current information on the waiting list. Senior, Adult and Family Services has a list of local apartments with landlord/management names and phone numbers.
For more information you may access Elderly and Family services at 860-647-3906, or visit their website at
The Social Security Administration may be reached toll-free at 1-800-772-1213, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Recorded information and services are accessible 24 hours a day from your touch-tone phone. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-325-0778, toll-free, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Please have your Social Security number handy when you call. www.ssa.gov
Manchester Dial-a-Ride serves Manchester residents who are 60 years of age or older and people with disabilities. Rides are provided for medical appointments, shopping, hair appointments, personal business, and recreation. To register, call 860-870-7940 any weekday between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations are accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. weekdays.
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Transportation provides rides in accordance with the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This service is available to locations in the Greater Hartford area. You may call 724-5340 to learn about the procedure to qualify. A fee is charged for rides.