Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging programs from Community Action.

Serving both seniors as well as low income families, individuals across Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia can contact the Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging. The non-profit also serves as the local Community Action Agency, so they administer various social services and low income assistance programs in the region.

As a leading community-based nonprofit organization, the location and its staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high quality human services. Case managers from ESAAA/CAA work in partnership with Accomack and Northampton County residents in all stages of their life. The center will offer fully comprehensive and integrated services to address their individual needs. As needed, the agency will link people with resources throughout the community, as well as state of federal government benefits as needed.

Resources focused on seniors

The Senior Medicare Patrol, or SMP, helps battle Medicare fraud and other billing issues. Volunteers inform, assist and educate seniors and their companions in understanding medical bills, their Medicare Summary Notices, statements, and other related correspondence, all with the aim of preventing such extra costs. If you suspect fraudulent activity from your provider that is based on bills or statements that you've received, touch base with a SMP volunteer.

VICAP - Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance and the associated counselors from Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging assist seniors with understanding government health care. Learn about Medicaid, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, and their everyday medical bills. VICAP counselors also help with the enrollment process for low-cost prescription drug plans under Medicare Part D. For those who qualify, counselors that take part in VICAP may make house calls to the disabled or elderly.

The ESAAA/CAA Home Services Department’s Homemaker Assistance as well as Medicaid Personal Care Title III Programs share the common objective of providing help to senior and disabled residents.

Those in Accomack and nearby counties can qualify for in-home assistance, enabling them to remain living in their own residence, apartments or community based settings. The Personal Care Programs provide assistance with activities such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, free food, and supervision. As an additional service, the aging office’s CNA or PCA staff members also provide assistance with light-duty housekeeping services.




Anyone who is caring for a loved one, such as an older relative or disabled adult or child, needs periodic breaks. ESAAA/CAA Personal Care Respite Services provide just that. The agencies certified nursing assistants give caregivers many hours per month to visit friends, run needed errands, take a walk, or just sit and relax.

Services can include light housekeeping, shopping tips, meal preparation, and companionship, based on an initial in-home assessment to determine needs. Please contact our Home Services Department at 757-442-9652 or 800-452-5977 to get more details.

Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging and its volunteers provide home-delivered meals to those who meet program guidelines. To be eligible, participants must be unable to obtain or prepare adequate food items; at least 60 years of age; disabled; homebound and/or unable to participate in the Congregate Meal Program. In other words, they really can’t be able to feed themselves. Also, someone must be at home when meals are delivered. While the agency will suggest an affordable donation for the meal, if you can do this then it should be given to our driver at the time of meal delivery.

Low-income older adults over the age of 55 who are looking for part-time employment are encouraged to participate in the federally funded Senior Community Service Employment Program. The service matches older adults with local minimum-wage employment, typically with a nonprofit, church or some public agency in Northampton County. Interested seniors are asked to call 757-442-9652 for more information.





Financial aid from the Eastern Shore community action agency

LIHEAP - Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program federal block grant is administered by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services (OCS). It has the goal of providing home energy bill and heating assistance to households that meet income requirements. LIHEAP assistance is typically limited to paying an electric bill or the repair or replacement of unsafe, dysfunctional, and/or inoperative heating or cooling systems.

Eligible households often qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program from Community Action Agency as well. WAP provides low-income households, including the elderly in Accomack, with management of increasingly high costs of home energy bills. Ther is priority given to seniors (over 60), persons with disabilities, and families with very young children.

Both rental tenants or homeowners from Accomack or Northampton are invited to apply for Weatherization assistance. Some of the improvements and energy conservation measures help keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. In addition to enhancing the health, comfort and safety of the home, Weatherization also can save the homeowner or tenant significant amounts of money on their utility bills, with the average household saving 30 percent or more.

As part of this, contractors from Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging - Community Action Agency may provide for extra insulation of walls, floors, attic, water heater, and exposed pipes. There is also the tune-up, repair, or replacement of heating unit, and/or air conditioner. Another service is the weather stripping and caulking, Replacement of broken window panes, as well as installation of ventilation fans.

For more details, contact the Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging/Community Action Agency. The location is 5432 Bayside Rd., Exmore, Virginia 23350. Call 800-452-5977.



By Jon McNamara

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