Queens is the largest borough in New York City, which, as you may know, is the largest city in the U.S.A. and one of the biggest in the world. Residents of Queens county benefit from living so close to this hub of culture and activity, especially when they have access to a home caregiver. These resources show how home care provides an active alternative to other senior care options in Queens, especially with so many transport, learning and medical options.
Getting around New York's biggest borough can take time, but the great thing about Queens is that there are public, shared, and private options for a safe and comfortable ride. Throughout Queens, buses or subways go everywhere. If you're sensitive to temperature, and you prefer a private ride, consider scheduling paratransit to take you where you want. This is an on-demand ride-share service for eligible citizens. An entire department of the city is dedicated to ensuring transportation for the mobility-impaired, as long as you're within the city's boundaries. Finally, Uber is a private cab service, which can be called through a mobile app, and arrives within minutes.
To continue learning, to be around other seniors or to stay involved in the community, options range from community centers to libraries to museums. The Samuel Field Y is like the 92nd Street Y's Queens cousin. They offer a cafe with Kosher meals, day trips, and visiting nurse services. Queens libraries are also stimulating centers of intellectual activity. In order to learn about health and wellness, the Queens Central Library in Jamaica and in East Elmhurst offer classes about exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques for older adults. The Cyber Center at Central Library offers technology classes on topics such as social media, email, and e-books. Here's their schedule. For film buffs, the Museum of the Moving Image shows both new and classic films. Click here for a complete schedule. The Queens Museum, situated in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is another cultural center worth visiting. Their events include film screenings, yoga, and artist-led discussion dinners, as well as rotating exhibitions.
Medical and benefits support
Queens has two local Medicaid and Medicare offices, as well as a wealth of information online. The Queens Medicaid office is in Long Island City. If you need to sort out paperwork for Medicare or Social Security, the office in Elmhurst is open during select hours. Here are some their hours as well as more information on what to bring. New York State does a great job of providing information about benefits for aging adults. Their website is the place to turn for answers to questions about paying for medication, BenefitsCheckUp, and more.