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Tompkins County Office for the Aging 2020 Public Hearing

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging conducted its annual Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  Due to COVID-19, the Public Hearing was held virtually this year and streamed on the counties YouTube channel.  The hearing was recorded and you can view it here.  The Public Hearing provides a venue for community members to learn about programs and services provided by the Office for the Aging.  It is also an important opportunity for the public to offer feedback about issues affecting older adults in our community and to provide input for the departments plan for 2021.  

The Tompkins County Office for the Aging is asking the public for input regarding the services that we provide to the community.  Your feedback will provide a snapshot of the current needs in our community and will be used in developing our plan for 2021. 

We invite members of the public to read the plan abstract for the 2021 plan and provide input through a very brief survey.  You may access this survey by visiting or can answer the brief survey by calling 607-274-5482.  A staff person at the Office for the Aging will record your feedback over the phone.  See below for the survey questions.   


COFA 2020 Public Hearing Feedback Survey

The Office for the Aging provides a wide variety of services for older adults to help them remain independent in their home and community.

  1. The following services are provided by the Office for the Aging.  Do you have any suggestions on ways we could improve these services to meet the needs of the community?  If yes, please identify the service and provide comments below.

Transportation to vital services i.e., medical appointments, food distribution

In Home Services i.e., housekeeping, personal care, respite

Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)

Caregiver Services, i.e., support groups, trainings, respite

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Health Insurance Counseling

Information, Referral and Counseling

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Project Care Friendly Visiting Program

Food and Nutrition Services

Small Home Repair Services

Falls Prevention

Technology Services i.e., access, training

  1. Are you in need of additional services due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?  If so, what are those services?

  1. Do you have any other general comments related to future services for older adults?