Disabled / Homebound

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Dial-A-Ride
Personalized transportation service for senior citizens age 60 and over, and the permanently disabled (collecting Social Security Disability).  The vans are handicapped accessible.  Call the Department, at 860-409-4346 for an information sheet and simple registration form, or click here for the Dial-A-Ride Information Sheet & Registration Form.

Tickets are $0.50 each, for a one-way fare, and may be purchased from the Town Clerk's Office. Drivers cannot accept cash! There is a limit of 20 tickets ($10) per month.  

Destinations are anywhere in Avon, Simsbury Commons (formerly Farmington Valley Mall), Unionville Center, Collinsville Center, Canton Village, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley -Canton, CT, and John Dempsey Hospital.  Medical appointments are given priority and can be scheduled far in advance.  ALL rides should be scheduled through the service provider (phone 860-693-6876) between 24 and 48 hours in advance.  Urgent, same-day requests can be accommodated, only if there is a cancellation or an opening.  The hours of operation for rides are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  No rides are available on days when the Town Hall is closed.  

Service availability may be limited regarding ongoing/multiple weekly medical appointments

Transportation for medical appointments outside of the Avon service area, such as in Hartford, is available through our "Enhanced Dial-A-Ride Service".

This Service is available thanks to a grant through the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Please make reservations well in advance!

Meals on Wheels
This is a nonprofit community service provided to local residents through the McLean Home.  It is aimed at enabling ill, homebound, or disabled persons to maintain their independence in their own homes.  Further information is available through the McLean Home, at (860) 658-3700.

Tax Relief for Elderly/Disabled Homeowners and Renters
This program gives seniors and/or disabled homeowners property tax relief, as provided through the State of Connecticut. Credits are based on a graduated income scale.  The period for application for homeowners is February 1st - May 15th, while renters may apply May 1st  through September 15th. Homeowners are offered a reduced assessment while renters are issued a one-time check (usually a few hundred dollars).  You may contact the Assessor's office at 409-4335 for more information.

Avon Library Homebound Program
Let the library come to you!  Volunteers can deliver books, CD's, videos or DVD's, books on tape or CD, and magazines.  If you are homebound due to illness, disability, or advanced age, sign up for the Homebound Delivery Service.  No library card?  Don't worry! We can register you by phone.  Call the Reference Desk at the Library at (860) 673-9712.  

Programs to assist elderly and disabled persons to remain in the Community (They often have waiting lists to access benefits.)

Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders helps persons who 65+ years and at risk of nursing home placement continue to live at home rather than going to a nursing home. Applicants must need assistance~with~critical needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications and~toileting.~~A broad range of services are available including case management, homemaker services, meals, personal care assistance and assistance with chores. To apply, contact DSS at 1-800-445-5394.

Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program provides up to $3,500/year in respite care services and up to 30 days of out of home respite care per year for persons with dementia, to provide relief for their caretakers. To apply, call 1-800-994-9422.

National Family Caregiver Support Program provides family caregivers of older adults aged 60+ years, and grandparents and relative caregivers, aged 55+ caring for children under age 19 with respite care to provide temporary breaks in care giving responsibilities and supplemental services including items or services designed to help “fill the gap” when there is a need or there are no other ways to obtain the services or item.~To apply, call 1-800-994-9422.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver Program provides services to help Medicaid eligible persons with brain injuries between the ages of 18 and 64 avoid institutionalization. Apply at the CT Department of Social Services (DSS) offices (see section IX.C., p. 39, for site listings.

Community Based Services Program provides non-medical home care services to allow low income persons with physical or mental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 64 avoid institutionalization. If the disabled person is an adult caring for children, services can include assistance in meeting the children’s needs. A broad range of services are available including case management, adult day care, homemaker services, meals and temporary foster care. Apply at the CT Department of Social Services (DSS) offices (see section IX.C., p. 39, for site listings).

Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Waiver Program provides personal care assistance services to allow Medicaid eligible adults between 18 and 64 years with chronic, severe and permanent disabilities to remain in the community. The individual must: have significant need for assistance with at least two activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, transferring and toileting), and no family and community supports to meet the need; and able to direct their own care and supervise private household employees, or have someone available to do so. Apply at the CT Department of Social Services (DSS) offices (see section IX.C., p. 39, for site listings).

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Independent Living Program provides support, help identifying resources, training and advocacy to assist disabled persons live in the community. Assistance is provided through the independent living center in Hartford: Independence Unlimited, 860-523-5021. Click here for details.

Money Follows the Person assists disabled persons 18+ years old who have resided in a nursing home or other health care facility for 3+ months, to return to community-based settings. The person must be eligible for a Medicaid waiver program. The program covers certain transition costs (e.g., rental assistance and home adaptation). To apply, call the CT Department of Social Services at 1-888-992-8637.

Corporation for Independent Living provides accessibility modifications to residences of people with disabilities, including ramps, equipment and assistive technology and it develops affordable housing. Grants and loans may be available. To apply, click here or call 860-563-6011.