- Council on Aging
As our senior ages its presents a continued challenge for them to care for themselves in a respectable environment. As such the Plaquemines Council on Aging (PCOA) has developed various programs to assist with improving the quality of life and help slow down the aging process of our seniors. PCOA programs are available at no cost and to be eligible an applicant must be 60 years or older. Some of the programs and services provided by PCOA include:
Care Management Services
This department provides a variety of programs and services that includes the following:
- Legal Services - This program provides pro bono counseling and information to senior 60 years and older who may need legal advice.
- Material Aid - This program provides seniors with items such as nutritional supplements and adult incontinence supplies.
- Medical Alert - PCOA has partnered with Acadian Total Security to provide an emergency response assistance program.
- PCOA Cares - PCOA Cares is a program whereby routine telephone calls are made to seniors who live alone and/or feel isolated due to age and cannot drive.
- Personal Care - This program provides personal assistance for seniors 60 years and older who are unable to take care of their personal care needs.
- Public Education - PCOA provides a group learning environment for senior to learn about life style issues.
- Respite Care - Respite Care provides caregivers an opportunity to have a welcome break from care giving responsibilities.
- Utility Services - "Power to Care" is an emergency utility assistance program, sponsored by Entergy and coordinated by PCOA, to help low income seniors 60 years and older and handicapped adults with energy expenses on an emergency basis.
- Wellness Activities - Wellness services include activities, such as exercise (physical and mental) and health screenings, to improve a senior’s mental and physical wellbeing. They are available within the scheduled activities if the senior centers.
PCOA provides nutrition Services to persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of age.
- Congregate Meals - Hot, mid-day meals are served to seniors and their spouse at all four senior centers. Call Senior Center Coordinator or visit your local senior center site.
- Home Delivered Meals - Hot, mid-day meals are delivered to a senior that is home bound. Call the Nutrition Director or office personnel to discuss how to qualify for a home-delivered meal.
PCOA provides transportation for seniors in certain areas to transport seniors to and from the four senior centers. Call the Senior Center Coordinator to discuss how to qualify for the transportation Services.
Presently, there are four Senior Centers within the Plaquemines Council on Aging (PCOA) in Plaquemines Parish. The four centers are open from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Monday through Friday. The age qualification to join the senior center is 60 years old and live in Plaquemines Parish.
The Senior Centers offer many social, recreational, educational and health services for their members and their quests. Some of the beneficial opportunities offered at the senior centers include:
- Crafts, bingo, card and various board games
- Day trips to special events and shopping venues
- Exercise, wellness, and health promotion classes
- Frequent health fairs which feature health monitoring activities
- Legal services clinics
- Special Holiday events
Each of these Senior Centers also serve as a PCOA nutrition site where eligible participants can enjoy a hot noontime meal. These meals offer seniors one-third of the daily nutritional requirements. These are called Congregate Meals and their menu varies throughout the year. Additional meals are offered by most of the Senior Centers to celebrate special event, such as monthly birthday parties.
Transportation is available from home to center for those members who live in the proximity of the center and are unable to drive.