Family Services of Westchester is at the forefront of caring for the County’s older adults, creating programs that enable older adults – regardless of financial means – to live their lives in dignity in the County they call home.
FSW provides mental health services to Westchester’s older adults who have problems with mood, bereavement, family discord or any symptoms of mental illness. We make referrals to other kinds of support services, including short/long range planning and options, legal/financial planning, home care and respite care.
FSW’s Gatekeeper Program is designed to assist and engage older adults, age 65 and older, who live independently and may be at risk of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and other unidentified symptoms. Gatekeepers are individuals in the community who come into contact with older adults in the course of their everyday jobs or normal activities. These community members are often in a unique position to observe vulnerable older adults who may be experiencing difficulties that place them at risk of losing their ability to live independently. The Gatekeeper Program Coordinator provides informal presentations and trainings to Gatekeepers to recognize the signs, symptoms and “red flags” of possible mental illness in older adults.
The Gatekeeper Program takes a preventative approach, assesses the older adults in their homes and provides them with appropriate linkages and resources. The program seeks to reduce the isolation and decline that can accompany untreated mental health issues in older adults and prevent the crises that can lead to hospitalization and institutionalization.
If you would like more information about the program or would like to make a referral,
Tonia Monti, LCSWR