Providing For The Elderly
Pasco County Senior Services is a division of the Pasco County Community Services Department. The division offers both congregate and home delivered meals. Home delivered meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act (OAA) channeled through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. These meals are for individuals who are age 60 or over, frail and homebound. Income is not a factor in determining eligibility.
Pasco Seniors & Meals on Wheels Video
In Pasco County, nearly 15,000 senior citizens are eligible for food stamps but only 2,100 are receiving food stamps. Pasco County Senior Services feeds 800 senior citizens a day, 5 days a week, but financial funding has been cut.
There are currently over 200 home-bound senior citizens on the waiting list for one meal a day.
Enrollment begins by calling our office. Before meals can be delivered, a home visit is necessary to determine eligibility and need for service. There is no charge for the meal, but enrollees of the program can make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the meal. The meals are pre-planned and provide a minimum of 33.3% of the Dietary Reference Intake / Adequate Intake (DRI/AI) for females 70 and over as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. There are no optional meal choices available.
For enrollment information, please see Request for Home Delivery Service. There are six congregate dining centers throughout the County. Here, an individual can enjoy the meal as well as socialization. These centers are available for anyone over 60 years of age and older, regardless of income. Enrollees of the program can make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the meal.
Pasco County Public Transportation is also available to some of the senior centers. In addition Paratransit is a door-to-door advance reservation service, provided throughout the County, to those persons unable to access transit service because of a verifiable disability, environmental barrier, or distance from a route. Please see congregate dining locations for the senior center near you. Nutrition education and nutrition counseling are available to all enrollees in the OAA home delivered meals or congregate programs. These services are provided at no cost and are aimed to benefit the enrollee.
Meals on Wheels
The direct customer billed meal service (Meals on Wheels) is for anyone of any age needing a home delivered meal. Senior Services/ Meals on Wheels has been operating this direct customer billed program since 1992. Meals on Wheels afford the individual an opportunity to pay out of pocket and in advance for meal services or for children of seniors to pre-pay for their parents' meals. The Meals on Wheels option especially benefits the younger disabled citizen, regardless of age, who may not be eligible for the Older Americans Act meal program. There is a one time $10 registration fee for one person, $15 for two and the cost per meal is $6. For enrollment information, please see Request for Meals on Wheels. At this time, there are no optional meal choices available. Hot or frozen meals are available and delivered Monday through Friday. Please note that the Hot Meal Service is only available in certain areas in West Pasco. If you want Hot Meals but don't live in that area, call the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas at 1-800-963-5337.
Several new congregate participants have been unable to participate in games or other activities due to severe physical and/or cognitive impairments. To benefit these clients, artistic coloring books were purchased for each of our six congregate dining centers.
Due to severe mobility impairments one of the seniors has experienced muscle atrophy and her hands are ridden with arthritis. The motions this seniors use with their hands to color has been great physical therapy and encouraged by their doctor. Many at the centers have completed beautiful artistic pieces that are now framed and hang proudly in the dining site.