Bay Village Community Services Department makes independent living easier

The Bay Village Department of Community Services recognizes that many residents wish to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can. Our goal is to provide programs and services to help make this possible! We provide many services as part of "SMILE: Services Making Independent Living Easier."

Are your children worried about you living alone? Utilizing these services can give you and them peace of mind! The city offers transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands. Meals on Wheels are available for those who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. A Community Care Monitor checks on your well being each day and a lock box is available which allows emergency services to gain access to your home easily in the event you need assistance.

Perhaps you need help with yard work. We have teens on our Rent-A-Teen list who are willing to provide assistance for a fee. The middle school kids participate in the Great Leaf Rake Out each year and do a tremendous job raking lawns of seniors in Bay Village for NO FEE!  If you would like to be included on that list this year, please contact Shirley Hostetler at 899-3442. The Community Services Office also maintains a list of teens and adults who provide snow removal services. Don’t be caught in a snowstorm this winter. Call our office to find a reliable snow removal person.

The Community Services Office also provides FREE income tax assistance through AARP tax volunteers. Legal assistance is available for simple things like Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. A podiatrist provides services every nine weeks for those who prefer to avoid waiting in a doctor’s office, and a licensed massage therapist can sooth your aches and pains away each Wednesday. We can save you money by lending out medical equipment like canes, walkers, shower chairs and transfer benches. And we can provide Social Security and Medicare information through our OSHIIP volunteer.

Perhaps you are looking for something fun to do. Join us in traveling to theater, concerts, museums and “one tank trips.” Join our monthly Lunch Bunch to try out new restaurants and old favorites.

Maybe you would enjoy participating in some of our educational classes and seminars, book discussions or computer tutoring. We are now wired for Wi-Fi, so you can bring your laptop or tablet to the Dwyer Center and get online! Need help navigating eBay or Facebook? We can help you with that too!

Health screenings and immunizations, along with a whole host of certified exercise programs are available: Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga and Resistance Training geared specifically for those who are 55 years old and older. We offer monthly Lunch-N-Learns with speakers on health and wellness topics along with a FREE lunch.

And for those of you looking to get involved with the social and recreational activities, we offer Bridge, Pinochle, Canasta along with a monthly cards, games and Lunch Day. Why pay to see the latest movie at the theater when it will be shown for FREE at the Dwyer Center? Ballroom dance, line dance, knitting and gardening are just a few more of the activities you will see active seniors participating in at the Dwyer Center.

We would love to welcome you to the Dwyer Center. Check out the Prime Times Senior Newsletter for monthly events. Copies may be picked up at the Dwyer Center, City Hall, Bay Library or Knickerbocker Apartments for free! Call 835-6565 to inquire about activities, 899-3442 for services.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013