Licensed Home Health Care Services


These agencies provide trained personal care aides, home health aides, and nurses on a private pay basis and under contract to other community agencies.  Local home health agencies are:



HCR Home Care                                                                 Staff Kings                                         

6 North West St, Suite 5                                                         222 South Fulton St                                      

Homer  NY  13077                                                                 Ithaca  NY  14850


607-299-4616 (FAX)


All Metro Healthcare

526 Old Liverpool Rd., Bldg. 1, Suite 1

Liverpool NY 13088

(607) 758-8776 or (315) 453-5537



Long Term Home Health Care-  An Alternate to Nursing Home Placement - Cortland Regional Medical Center, 134 Homer Ave., Cortland  NY  13045


Individuals who are elderly/frail/chronically ill, but who wish to remain at home for as long as possible rather than be admitted to a nursing facility may apply for this combination of health care, personal care, and social services provided for them at home.  It also helps relatives and friends in caring for the elderly, frail and chronically ill persons at home.  Family/Friends must be willing to assist with the care, and the home must be satisfactory for maintaining/improving a client's health.


To enter the program, individuals must be eligible for nursing home care or a health related facility care, have physician approval, have a professional assessment that indicates they can be safely cared for in the home, and be approved for entry into the program by the Department of Social Services when Medicaid eligible.  Long Term Home Health Care Program costs must not exceed 75% of institutional care in Cortland County.


Long Term Home Health Care services may include nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, nutrition, social day care and medic alert system.  Services may vary according to individual need, and must be ordered by a physician.


Persons may enter the program upon discharge from a hospital or nursing home, or they may apply directly from their homes.  They may request information from their physician or public health nurse and ask to be referred to the program.  They may also call directly to the program for themselves or a member of their family.  Assessment visits will then be scheduled if the program would be appropriate.


Certified Home Health Agency-   Cortland County Health Department, 60 Central Avenue,  Cortland  NY  13045 (753-5028)

The Cortland County Health Department is the primary agency certified in the county to provide Medicare reimbursed home health care.  Skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medical social work and home health aides are all offered.


Caring Community Hospice of Cortland- 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland  NY  13045 (753-9105)

The Caring Community Hospice of Cortland County provides care at home for terminally ill people of all ages.  Patients must have a life expectancy of not more than six months.  Care is provided for both the patient and the family.  The patient receives medical care and relief from pain, neither hastening nor postponing death.  Both patient and family receive psychological, social and spiritual treatment and support before the patient's death; family members continue to receive support after the death of the loved one.  Doctors, nurse, social workers, clergy, pharmacist, dietitians and trained volunteers usually comprise the treatment plan.


Referrals to Hospice may be made by physicians, family members, friends, clergy, or health professionals.  To become a Hospice patient, one needs to have a primary caregiver (spouse, relative, or friend) who is assisted and supported by the Hospice team in providing 24-hour care.

Fees are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and third party insurance.  A non-profit, community-based foundation assists in supporting the program monetarily.  No one who qualifies for the program is denied service due to inability to pay.


Long Term Care Ombudsman Program- Cortland County Area Agency on Aging, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland  NY  13045 (753-5060)

Cortland County's Ombudsman Program is coordinated through the Area Agency on Aging.  Ombudsman volunteers are required to complete a state-mandated 36-hour training.  They are then assigned to a skilled nursing facility to act as advocates for residents and their families.  The objective is to improve the quality of life for residents of  long term care facilities.


For more information regarding Long Term Care services, consult the Directory of Long Term Care Services, published by the Cortland County coalition for Long Term Care.  Contact the Area Agency on Aging at 753-5060 to obtain a copy.





Cortland Housing Authority- 42 Church Street,  Cortland  NY  (753-1771)

The Cortland Housing Authority runs several federally subsidized housing developments (42 Church Street and 51 Port Watson Street for handicapped individuals and seniors), and a leased housing program.  Rents for both the senior apartments and the leased housing program are subsidized.  If an application is approved, approximately 30% of monthly income (less certain deductions) will be paid by the tenant for rent.  In the leased housing program (Section 8), a person lives in a privately leased apartment.  The landlord must be willing to participate, and receives part of the rent from the tenant and part from the Housing Authority.  The Housing Authority must also inspect and approve the apartment.


Friendship House- 13 Leon Avenue, Cortland  NY  (756-6636)

The Friendship House offers subsidized rental apartments to the elderly and the handicapped.  It is located at 13 Leon Ave (off Wheeler Ave)


Cortland Conifer Associates-Northcliffe Apartments- Northcliffe Rd, Cortland  NY  (753-0096)

Northcliffe apartments offer subsidized rental apartments to the elderly and the handicapped.


Cortland Housing Assistance Council, Inc. -159 Main Street,  Cortland  NY  (753-8271)

Emergency housing programs, technical assistance and information on home purchase and home rehabilitation.


Groton Housing Authority- Rt. 38 & W South St., Groton  NY  (898-5887)

Groton Housing Authority offers subsidized rental apartments for those 62 and over and/or disabled.  There are 60 units situated on two floors, with three wings accessible by chair lift/stairs.  Six apartments are specifically designed for handicapped individuals.  Approximately 30% of adjusted annual income is paid by an accepted applicant for rent.


Schoolhouse Gardens- 177 Main St., Groton  NY  13073 (898-4770)

The Schoolhouse Gardens offer 28 subsidized units consisting of one and two bedrooms specifically designed for senior citizens and the handicapped.  Contact the manager Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.


DeRuyter Senior Housing- 1630 Cortland St., DeRuyter NY  13052 (315-852-9946)

DeRuyter Senior Housing offers subsidized one or two bedroom rental units for persons 62 and over and/or handicapped or disabled.  Enriched Housing program is available.  Rent is based on 30% of income after adjustments.  Office hours are Monday - Friday 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm, or call Two Plus Four Management at 315-437-2178, Monday - Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm.




Port Watson Commons-  124 Port Watson St., Cortland  NY  (758-3427)

One and two bedroom apartments


Creamery Hills Senior Living Center- Creamery Rd., Harford  NY  (844-8229)

One, two and three bedroom apartments







The Information and Assistance services offered by the Area Agency on Aging provide access to all services provided by the Agency, as well as those offered by other community agencies and programs.  Information and Assistance involves several component functions:

Information and assistance can be provided via a group presentation or one to one with an individual client.  The information and assistance service can be offered to a client by telephone contact, in the Area Agency office, in a client's home, or at a senior center.


Programs available through the information and assistance program include:

For more information about these programs, contact the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging at 753-5060.




Legal Services for the Elderly Program


Services are provided under a sub-contract with a local attorney.  This program provides legal advice and representation, including representation in court where necessary, to Cortland County residents age 60 and over.  Tenant/landlord matters, social security, power of attorney, Medicaid spend-down, and consumer issues are some of the areas in which the attorney can assist.  Most fee-generating cases cannot be served by this program.  The attorney is available by appointment only, and most consultations are held at the Area Agency on Aging office.  However, if a client is homebound, the attorney may make home visits.  The legal services program if offered free of charge; however, clients are given the opportunity to contribute toward the cost of legal services.  Contributions are used to expand the program.


Will Referrals


Wills cannot be prepared through the legal services contract.  The Area Agency maintains a list of attorneys who have agreed to prepare a will on a reduced fee basis.  The charges for preparing the will are arranged between the client and the attorney.


For more information about these programs, contact the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging at 753-5060.




Cortland County Mental Health Clinic- 7 Clayton Ave., Cortland  NY  (758-6100)

The Cortland County Mental Health Clinic assists people with mental health issues become more functional in emotional, cognitive, social, vocational and/or self-care areas.  Clinical staff consists of experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.  Fees are charged based upon an individual's ability to pay.  Medicaid is accepted, as well as other forms of insurance.  Client records are confidential, and are never released without the proper release authorization.



Cortland Regional Medical Center- 134 Homer Ave., Cortland  NY  (756-3812)

The hospital has a Social Services Department which is available to help families and patients arrange a care plan upon discharge from the hospital.


Health Clinic- 51 Port Watson St., Cortland  NY  (753-5028)

The Senior Citizens Health Clinic is sponsored by the Cortland County Health Department.  It is open Mondays from 8 am - 12 noon and from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.  Free hypertension screening is done on a walk-in basis.  Physical exams and pap smear tests are done by appointment only


Blood Pressure Screening (for seniors)- County Office Building, 60 Central Ave., Cortland

Held the first Tuesday of every month form 10:30 am - 12 noon at the Cortland Senior Center


Red Cross Blood Pressure Screening-

First and third Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm at Cortland Savings Bank, 1 N. Main St., Cortland

Second and fourth Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm at Alliance Bank, 65 Main St., Cortland


Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc. 26 N Main St., Cortland NY 13045 

(607) 753-7363 Phone/TTY, (607) 756-4884 Fax

Provides information and support services concerning disabilities to individuals, groups and organizations. Teaches skills needed to achieve and maintain independence. Provides consultation to governments, businesses and organizations on architectural accessibility and reasonable accommodations. Offers a resource library with computers and assistance in the use of adaptive technology, and a loan closet containing adaptive equipment. Advocates on behalf of all persons with disabilities. 


Family Counseling Services of Cortland County, Inc.

10 N Main St. Cortland NY 13045 (607) 753-0234

Family counseling Services is a private, not-for-profit professional counseling agency offering the most comprehensive treatment available in Cortland County for individuals, couples and families experiencing emotional, personal and alcohol or drug related problems. Services are confidential and appointments are scheduled from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, and from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday. 





Congregate Meals- Cortland County Nutrition Program, 60 Central Ave, Cortland (753-5061)

The congregate meal program promotes better health through improved nutrition, socialization and supportive services.  All individuals age 60 and over, or married to someone over 60 are welcome to participate.  All center services are available on a donation basis.


In addition to meals, information and referral, the following locations provide many activities including recreation, health screening, nutrition, health education, diet counseling, arts and crafts, etc. 






8 AM - 3 PM

THURS 4 PM - 7:30 PM








9 AM - 2:30 PM


David Harum Sr Ctr


31 N. MAIN ST,




9 AM - 2:00 PM







9 AM - 2 PM






9:00 AM - 1:30 PM


9 AM - 2:00 PM


9:00 AM -2:00 PM




9 AM - 2 PM



Mealtime Express- A non-government funded option for individuals who wish to receive meals on wheels on a fee-for-service basis.  There is no age criteria for this program.




The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) exists to help channel the talents of people age 55 and over into the community through volunteer service.  RSVP volunteers serve through non-profit private and public community organizations. There are no education, experience or income requirements.  RSVP matches volunteer opportunities to an individual's specific interest and needs.  The opportunities and flexibility of scheduling are as diverse as the volunteers themselves.  Volunteers receive a brief orientation from RSVP staff and additional instruction, supervision and support at the volunteer sites.  RSVP provides the individual with challenging and interesting activities, while at the same time helping to meet the needs of the community.  Opportunities are available for friendly visitors, hospital work, clerical assignments, intergenerational programs, and many other diverse assignments. The reward most often cited, however, is the feeling of satisfaction that comes form sharing one's time and talents with others.  RSVP volunteers are covered by an accident and liability policy while on assignments, and can receive assistance with incidental expenses such as transportation.  For more information on this program, contact the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 753-5057.




Support for the Grieving-  Meets periodically throughout the year for five weeks of 2 hour sessions.  Interested persons may contact Donald Wilcox at the Cortland County Council of Churches at 753-1002, or the Cortland County Area on Aging at 753-5060 for the next schedule of  support group meetings.


Eye (I) Care-  The Eye Care Support Group meets on the third Friday of each month in the Activity  room (B-1) of the County Office Building, 60 Central Ave., Cortland.  Fellowship, networking, and family support information are offered.  Visually impaired persons of all ages, and family members are welcome to join the group.  For more information about the Eye (I) Care support group, please call the Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program at 753-5060.


Caregiver's Support Group- This support group meets monthly, providing caregivers a unique way to come together to share their feelings about caring for older relatives and friends.  Frequent guest speakers help caregivers to solve their individual problems and strengthen their skills as caregivers.  For more information, contact the Area Agency on Aging Caregiver's Resource Center at 753-5060.



The Cortland County Veterans' office is available to counsel and serve veterans, their widows and children, and to help obtain benefits to which they are eligible under federal, state, and local laws.  Contact the Office of Veterans' Services, County Office Building, 60 Central Ave., Cortland  (753-5014)




Verizon Assistive Equipment Distribution Program

The Verizon Assistive Equipment Distribution Program is available at no cost to assist people who are disabled and on a limited income.  Disabilities that qualify an individual are deafness or hearing loss, blindness or vision loss, a motion or speech disability, or any combination of the above.  There is no charge for this equipment.

 To be eligible to receive assistive equipment under this program, one must be:

Applications are available through the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging or the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities.  Applicants must complete the application and have their disability certified by a medical professional.  For more information, contact Area Agency on Aging at 753-5060.


Direct Deposit

Arrangements may be made for recurring federal checks, such as Social Security, to be mailed directly to the bank of  one's choice.  This saves time and the worry that the check might be stolen.  Individuals should contact their bank to register.


Golden Park Program

New York State residents who are 62 years of age or older can obtain:

This offer is good any week day (except holidays).  Simply present your current New York State driver's license or New York State non-driver identification card.  NYS non-driver ID cards can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicles at the Cortland County Courthouse.


Handicapped Parking Permits

Applications may be obtained at Cortland Police Department, 25 Court St., Cortland  NY.  Applications are to be filled out by your physician and returned to the police department for processing.  For more information, call the Cortland Police Department at 753-3001.


Operation Call-In

Sponsored by the Cortland County Sheriff's Department in cooperation with the Area Agency on Aging.  Open to residents of the county who live alone.  Persons call the Sheriff's Department each day.  If a call is not received, the Department checks on the well-being of the individual.  For more information, call the Sheriff's Department at 753-3311.


Protective Services for Adults

Sponsored by the Department of Social Services.  Provides necessary services to individuals to protect the interest of those who are physically or mentally incapable or at risk of abuse or neglect.  For more information, call the Department of  Social Services at 753-9681.


Spring Clean-Up

The Cortland Rotary Breakfast Club, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, wants to help homeowners with spring clean-up chores.  As part of their commitment to the community, the Rotarians will designate an evening or a Saturday, from late April to early June depending on the weather, to volunteer to perform tasks such as: rake lawns, prune shrubs, take down storm windows, clean gutters and other manageable tasks.  Projects will be done on a first come first served basis, and as many requests will be honored as possible.  If you are interested, call the Area Agency on Aging at 753-5060 to request a form to return with the type of work requested.  Forms are available in early March, and must be submitted by March 20th to be considered.



The public transportation system is provided by Cortland Transit, and has been in operation since January, 1993.  There are two components to this service.


Fixed Route: The fixed route, city service consists of four routes.  The fares for the fixed route service are as follows:  For persons age 60 and over, handicapped persons and youth, the fare will be 50 cents for a one-way trip.  For riders who are not in these categories, the fare will be $1.00 for a one-way trip.  Please note that this is a charge and not a donation.  Unlimited ride monthly passes are available for $30.00.  The buses operate from 6 am to 6 pm and will travel the same route each hour.  Brochures explaining the scheduling and the times when buses will pass various intersections on each route are available at the Area Agency on Aging.


Demand-Response-Dial-A-Ride  Cortland Transit will operate a county-wide Dial-A-Ride system.  Residents wishing to access this service must contact the dispatch office no later than 4 pm the day prior to their transportation request to make arrangements.  Same day requests will be honored on an as-available basis and a surcharge will be assessed.  The surcharge will be 50%, or one-half of the dial-a-ride fare.  The fares for the dial-a-ride system vary according to where an individual lives and where they wish to go.  However, the minimum fare has been established to be $3.00 one way, with the maximum one-way fare set at $6.00.  For more information, or to schedule dial-a-ride service, call Cortland Transit at (607) 758-3383.


Vision Impairment Services- Blind Work Association, 55 Washington St., Binghamton  NY  13901  (607) 724-2428.

The Blind Work Association offers the following services to adults/elderly: Low vision referral; rehabilitation teaching (encompasses personal management, homemaking, communications, money and leisure activities); orientation and mobility (encompasses instruction for safer travel, utilization of remaining senses); counseling/coping support; community referrals; information dissemination; sheltered work employment; referral for vocational guidance, training and job placement to the Commission for the blind and Visually Handicapped; vision screening.