Senior Center Services are provided Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. They include:
RCAC provides one complete meal daily to seniors in the Center (Congregate Dining) and to frail elderly seniors in their homes (Home Delivered Meals). This meal is designed to provide one third of the daily-recommended dietary allowance and to promote healthy eating habits. For the homebound, additional food is added during the winter months. On request from a physician, modified diets are available.
Home Delivered Meal Eligibility Requirements:
Home delivered meals are available to seniors (60+ years) who live in Oakmont, Verona, Cheswick and Springdale and meet one or more of the following requirements:
1. Have an (ongoing) physical, emotional or cognitive disability that prevents the person from safely preparing a meal.
2. Obtaining groceries is a hardship for the person or there is no support system (i.e. family/friends) to obtain them.
3. Person is recovering or rehabbing from a temporary illness or injury.
Income is not considered when determining the need for home delivered meals. A donation of $1.25 per meal is appreciated but not required. Call the Center for more information.
Life Enrichment Education
The Community College of Allegheny County has developed a series of courses to promote the independence and physical and social well-being and to develop and improve the skills of the senior population. These classes can range from fitness to crafts.
RCAC sponsors additional classes; such as line dancing and 55 Alive Driving. The trips can range from museums to casinos. Also, afternoon bingo, card groups, and many special events. The Golden Eagle newsletter is mailed monthly to over 1600 households; this keeps people up-to-date and informed of our activities and lunch menu.
Primetime Health/Healthy Endeavors
This program is customized to meet the needs of active Older Adults. There is a fitness trainer available who will assist all participants with a program that can help provide for flexibility, strengthening, cardiovascular, endurance, and relaxation. Also provided is a roundtable discussion on current wellness and health issues. The classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Weekly blood pressure monitoring is conducted every Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am by registered nurses.
Information & Referral
There is always a staff person on hand to provide information about available services and to register seniors for those services, such as ACCESS, OPT, and center service. Through the Elderly Law Project an attorney is available, by appointment, to any senior in Allegheny County.
RCAC works to serve the needs of both seniors and non-seniors throughout Oakmont, Verona, and the neighboring communities through the following:
Emergency Food Pantry
RCAC operates a community Food Pantry which responds to all calls for assistance within the boroughs of Oakmont and Verona. The purpose of the pantry is to aid area residents experiencing an emergency need or unexpected crisis. If a large need arises referrals to area rotation pantries are available. The RCAC pantry program has been and continues to be supported by the donations of cash and non-perishable food items from local organizations and individuals. Those in need are asked to call ahead.
Twin Borough Bus
Our van operates in Verona and Oakmont boroughs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, providing door-to-door service to residents of all ages. Riders need only call one hour prior to the time needed. The fare for the bus service is $2.00. Please contact the center for more information.
Volunteers are our most valuable resource. Volunteers are needed for services such as Congregate Meals, preparing and delivering Home Delivered Meals, mailing the newsletter, answering phone calls and other special projects. If you are interested in volunteering at RCAC please call 412-828-1062.
Additional Services Provided:
APPRISE Counseling Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors, to assist with questions such as Medicare enrollment.
RCAC Library On-site library, handicapped accessible. Books are available on a loan basis to anyone. The library is stocked with books donated from local residents and organizations.
Fundraising Events To help with our expenses RCAC participates in many fundraising events, such as the Oakmont Street Sale, an annual golf outing, dinners and an Annual Dinner Dance in March. Any and all support received from fundraising benefits RCAC and the people that utilize the center everyday. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.