Community services

Community Services for the Elderly (CSE)

Community Services for the Elderly (CSE)

Program Description

The Community Services for the Elderly program provides community-based, supportive services to frail, low-income older adults who need assistance to maintain their independence at home. CSE has effectively been a state block grant that enables localities to determine specific unmet needs and shape the way the delivery system is organized to respond, giving them considerable flexibility within the general parameters of the program’s intent and goals.

The local planning and priority setting process has resulted in development of a wide range of community services including: transportation and outreach; case management; in-home services; home delivered meals; adult day care; respite; housing-related programs; personal emergency response systems (PERS); and health promotion services.

Goals and Objectives

  • Enable older adults to remain in their homes and participate in family and community life
  • Reduce the reliance on institutional care
  • Provide cost-effective, non-medical services
  • Enable access to necessary information and support; promote the continued involvement of informal caregivers


  • Must be 60 or older
  • Program targeted to individuals who have a disability, those living alone and those over 75 years of age
  • Those who receive home delivered meals, homemaker/personal care, house-keeper/chore services and adult day care must be assessed as functionally impaired and in need of these community-based long term care services