What does the Social Services Department provide?
  1. Staff in the Social Services Department can assess problems brought to their attention by concerned parties. If Social Services can solve the initial problem, no further action is taken other than to continue to monitor the situation. If the case involves abuse or self-neglect, state law requires additional reporting to the RI Department of Elderly Affairs. Then, the case is usually referred to a regional office and to a coalition of community agencies serving South County who together develop an extensive case plan to best serve the client.
  2. Social Services can assist in advocating for seniors who may need various types of services. The Senior Center attempts to assist seniors and their families in areas of need.
  3. People caring for loved ones receive assistance both through support groups and Caregiver training workshops. A Caregivers Support Group meets monthly at Beechwood. Referrals can be made for respite care and information is provided on various issues involved in care giving.
  4. In addition, if a senior is experiencing mental changes, becoming confused, or increasingly forgetful, Social Services can arrange for a geriatric assessment to determine the cause of the problem.

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1. What age do I have to be to participate?
2. Do I have to join the North Kingstown Senior Association dba Friends of Beechwood to participate in activities and services at the center?
3. What are some of the benefits of joining NKSA (Friends of Beechwood)?
4. Is North Kingstown residency required?
5. What types of programs does the Senior Center offer?
6. What does the Social Services Department provide?
7. How do I determine if I am eligible for medical assistance?
8. How do I apply for food stamps and/or medical assistance?
9. Are meals available at the Senior Center?
10. What should I do if I need transportation?
11. How would I get Meals-On-Wheels if I ever needed it, or if I have a neighbor who I think would benefit from it?
12. Where does the funding come from for the Center's many programs and services?
13. Does the center accept donations from individuals?
14. What other services are available to someone who is homebound?
15. Are there volunteer opportunities available at the center?