The Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County recognizes that volunteers are an essential part of the success of the Agency. Therefore volunteerism is encouraged, appreciated and supported. A core purpose of volunteering is the sharing of our time and talents to support and help each other. The Agency recognizes that there exists a variety of opportunities for volunteers to provide service and support to the Senior Centers.
Trained volunteers meet and advise persons who are requesting assistance with Medicare and Medicaid. They help in the completion of reimbursement forms for Medicare and supplemental insurance, and filling out applications for Property Tax, Rent Rebates and PACE programs. The volunteers also discuss supplemental insurance options and advocate for persons facing appeals or denials of benefits.
Service is usually provided by appointment in senior community centers on scheduled days. When travel to a senior community service center is not possible, volunteers will arrange for a home visit.
Volunteers are trained to do on-site visits with residents at nursing homes and residential care facilities. Volunteers may deal with questions about rights and responsibilities or policies and procedures. A professional Ombudsman oversees the program.