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COA asking for tax support

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St. Martin Parish voters are being asked to grant a 1.75-mill tax to support the St. Martin Parish Council on Aging. 

The council, which provides services to seniors across the parish, would receive a stable income of approximately $650,000 annually if voters approve the tax on October 14. 

The agency's current annual budget is approximately $460,000. 

Executive Director Shanese L. Lewis said the stable income would allow the agency to plan services better, but also would allow some expansion of services. 

Councils on Aging offer a lifeline for seniors who need assistance with all types of issues. The agency's most well-known program, which delivers meals to shut-in seniors, also ensures someone checks on these seniors at least once a day. 

The COA is a non-profit organization. Some of the current services provided include: 

  • Meals at its facility for seniors, as well as home-delivered, nutritionally balanced meals for seniors who can't get out
  • Light house-keeping and errands for seniors who need help.
  • Information and assistance to seniors and their families in need of advice, counseling and referral to other services. 
  • Access to legal representation for seniors who need it.
  • Material support for seniors in need, including emergency utility assistance. 
  • Assistance with Medicaid applications 
  • Nutritional education for seniors, including those with health-related issues 
  • Assistance with problems and concerns in nursing homes
  • Outreach for seniors who need access to services 
  • Personal care attendants for seniors via a Medicaid waiver program 
  • Low-cost transportation for clients of all ages to doctors, shopping, public offices and other facilities in St. Martin Parish, Lafayette and New Iberia. 
  • Social activities for seniors including arts, danging, travel, games and sports. 
  • Respite care for caregivers who need a break from taking care of family members who are frail and elderly or who have developmental disabilities.
  • Employment training for seniors who qualify for placement in jobs.
  • Health insurance assistance for seniors who need support in making decisions on coverage
  • Visitation for seniors who are lonely or isolated, to provide comfort, support or help.
  • Wellness programs including exercise, health screenings and checks. 

To read more about the agency and what services are offered for seniors, click here or visit their Facebook page by clicking here

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