Notice of Public Hearing
Bristol Elder Services
2018-2021 Area Plan
Bristol Elder Services, Inc. (Bristol) is updating the agency’s Area Plan for 2018-2021 and invites interested individuals to review and submit comments. The Area Plan will define goals, refine priorities, and coordinate and promote activities and services across 15 southeastern MA communities. A needs assessment was conducted to guide the development of the Area Plan.
The Area Plan will focus on:
- Older Americans Act Core programs, which include supportive services, nutrition services, disease prevention/health promotion, caregiver, long term care ombudsman, and elder rights/protective services.
- Person-centered planning, which includes long term care services in home, community, and institutional settings.
- Elder justice activities to prevent, detect, assess, intervene and/or investigate elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Area Plan prior to submission to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. A draft of the Area Plan goals is available here. The hearings will be held as follows:
- Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:45 a.m. at the North End Senior Center, 101 President Avenue, Suite 11, Fall River
- Monday, August 21, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the Taunton Council on Aging, 30 Onley Street, Taunton
- Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the Norton Housing Authority, 120 West Main Street, Norton
If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may submit written comments by September 1, 2017 to:
Trish Robertson, Planner
Bristol Elder Services
1 Father DeValles Boulevard, Unit 8
Fall River, MA 02723
For more information about the public hearing, or to arrange for special accommodations, contact Trish Robertson, one week prior to the hearing at (774) 627-1380.
Bristol is designated by the Commonwealth as the central agency for aging services in 15 southeastern MA communities in Bristol County.
Farmers’ market coupons are available for low income elders age 60 or older who have an annual household income of $22,311 (single) or $30,044 (married). Disabled individuals under the age of 60 who live in elderly housing and receive Nutrition Program benefits are also eligible. Participants must reside in the greater Fall River, Attleboro, or Taunton areas.
The coupons have a total value of $25 and may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at any local farmers’ market. A limited number of coupons are available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Participants must obtain coupons in person at a distribution site. If you are unable to pick up the coupons in person, the individual who picks them up for you must sign a Proxy Form.
For a list of distribution sites, click here. To learn more about this program, contact a distribution site or call Bristol’s Nutrition Department at (508) 324-4619.
Click here to read the Federal Discrimination Clause.
This program is coordinated through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in cooperation with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Funding for the program is provided by the US Department of Agriculture.