There are several activities each year that are attended by the Elders.
Eligibility: All CTCLUSI Tribal Elders (over 55 years of age) and their spouse, widow(er).
Caregivers and Guests: You are welcome to bring a caregiver or guest. They are welcome to share your room and ride along with Tribal transportation that departs from local area offices. Please be aware that transportation is limited.
Luncheons: A monthly luncheon will be held on the first Thursday of each month unless other arrangements have been made.
Trips: Limited transportation, meals and lodging are provided. These events are advertised through flyers, CTCLUSI website and Tribal newsletters.
Transportation: Limited transportation is available to luncheons and trips. Please be courteous of the driver and make us aware of any special needs you may have during the trip.
Mileage: You may be eligible to receive mileage reimbursement if you are unable to travel with the group due to a medical condition with a Doctor’s prescription.
Elders Committee: The role of this committee is to provide guidance to Health & Human Services staff on the Elders Activities Program and to make recommendations to Tribal Council concerning the program. There are seven members on the committee and positions are filled as they are vacated. Decisions concerning trips and activities are to be voted on by all of the Elders.
Title VI is a program for Elders (age 55 and over) providing Federal grant monies that allow us to supply Frozen Meals, Chore Service and Respite Care Services for Tribal Elders, their spouses and widow(er)s residing within our five-county service area (Coos, Curry, Lane, Douglas, and Lincoln Counties).
Meals: Frozen meals, bread and milk that have been approved for nutrition and healthy eating in accordance with the grantor’s guidelines are available for Tribal Elders, their spouses or widow(er)s.
As of April 1, 2014, each Tribal Elder, spouse or widow(er) is eligible to receive 20 (formerly 12) frozen meals, 1 loaf of whole grain bread and ½ gallon of reduced fat milk each month. A couple would receive 40 (formerly 24) meals, 2 loaves of whole grain bread and 1 gallon of reduced fat milk.
These items may be picked up at the Tribal Administration Offices in Coos Bay or at the Florence and Springfield Outreach Offices.
Chore Services: Each Elder is eligible for up to $250 in chore service money to help with chores that have become too difficult to do such as housekeeping, yard work, etc. Widows are also eligible for this service. There are forms that must be filled out and can be picked up or mailed to your home from your local office. The cycle for these funds is not on a calendar year. The funds are available from April 1 through March 31 each year. We generally send a letter when you have exhausted your funds, however, it is always a good idea to check your account before starting a big job to make sure you still have adequate funding.
Respite Care: If you are an unpaid caregiver of an Elder, spouse or widow, this service can provide funding to occasionally hire someone so you may have a break, do shopping, run errands, etc. You are eligible for up to $250 per year (April 1 through March 31). There are forms that must be filled out and can be picked up or mailed to your home from your local office. We also have a lending library designed to help caregivers which includes books, wheel chairs, canes, shower chairs and more.
If you are a member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, age sixty-five years or older, you are eligible to receive a monthly pension.
You need not apply, it will automatically be sent to you the first day, or the first banking day, in the month following your 65th birthday, and every month thereafter until your death.
Recipients of funds shall be responsible for payment of all applicable State and Federal taxes. The Tribes will issue a Federal 1099 Form to each Elder at the end of each tax year reflecting the sums distributed to each Elder.