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Friend of Seniors of Dutchess County
n 2016, Friends of Seniors provided assistance to 334 senior citizens, driving 97,000+ miles to 2,969 non-emergency medical appointments, and gave 1,850 hours of their time to grocery shop, visit, provide respite care, and to check in with them by phone. Thank you all for your dedication to the older adult community in Dutchess County.
CALL US AT 845-485-1277; FAX IS 845-471-1740; CANCELLATION NUMBER IS 845-240-0241.

We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, incorporated in 2004.

Mission Statement: Friends of Seniors is a volunteer-based program that provides a basic support system to the Dutchess County older adult community, age 60 and older with the following services: non-emergency medical transportation, grocery shopping for those who have no means to obtain food, visiting services, telephone reassurance, respite for primary caregivers and referrals to other agencies when we cannot assist an individual.

We provide services to all of Dutchess County with the exception of the towns of Amenia, Northeast and Pine Plains. Please call 518-789-4259 for service in those areas. However, if you need a ride TO Amenia, Northeast and Pine Plains, i.e., the VA Clinic in Pine Plains, we will do our best to get you to your appointment in those towns.

1. We provide transportation for seniors to non-emergency medical appointments including doctor visits, labs, physical therapy, dental appointments, dialysis and surgical procedures. If a volunteer is available, we can start driving at 5:00 a.m. and drive until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We do drive on some Saturdays and Sundays, if a volunteer is available. We travel to appointments within Dutchess County as well as to medical appointments in Albany, New York City, Connecticut, and to Columbia, Putnam, Ulster and Westchester counties . Due to the increased demands for transportation, we require at least two weeks' notice to reserve a ride. Please do not hesitate to call Friends of Seniors if you have an appointment "tomorrow." We will do the best we can to accommodate you. The ideal situation is that you call Friends of Seniors as soon as you make your appointment, even if it is a year in advance.

2. We provide assistance with grocery shopping, either for or with a senior depending on the individual's need and preference. We shop for those individuals who have no family in the area, and no other means to obtain groceries.

3. We provide visiting services.

4. We provide telephone reassurance on an as needed basis.

5. We provide respite for primary caregivers.

6. If Friends of Seniors cannot help an individual, we will do our best to find an agency or organization that has the resources to meet the requested service.

Friends of Seniors is not an emergency service. If you are in need of immediate assistance and/or do have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. We do not accept MD's requests to drive their patients to the Emergency Room.

We sometimes need to work with the families in regard transportation needs.

There is no fee for services provided, although many of our clients prefer to donate $5 to $10 each time the client is served. All donations are tax-deductible.

We do not drive in inclement weather. It is up the volunteer and the senior, but the rule of thumb is if the schools are closed, so are we.

We are sorry...Friends of Seniors cannot transport people in wheelchairs or on oxygen. Since we all drive our own cars, we are not equipped nor are we medically trained to transfer people in wheelchairs or take people on oxygen. That said, call us anyway and we will refer you to an organization or an agency that can assist you.
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