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Support Groups

•  The Bath VA Medical Center, through the Support and Family Education (SAFE) program, will host a monthly support group for family members of Veterans dealing with mental health issues, including PTSD from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday in the main hospital building, building 76 room 511 on the VA campus. The session are intended specifically for family members of Veterans. No reservation needed to participate. For more information contact Ron Schlegel at 607-664-400 ext. 43855.

• An Alzheimer’s support group will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday at Green Meadows, 120 Creekside Drive, Painted Post. The group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Steuben County Office for the Aging. No fee or registration is required. For more information call 585-760-5400 or 800-272-3900.


Immunizations clinic

The Steuben County Public Health Department will offer immunizations for children in need.

•  From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Steuben County Public Health & Nursing Services, County Office Building – G3 off D.S.S. Lobby, Bath.

All clinics are by appointment only. An administration fee will be charged for children less than 19 years old based on a sliding fee scale ($3-$15/person.) Medicaid is accepted.  Must adult vaccines are also available at cost, and a few are free at the clinics. Medicaid is also accepted for adults

Bring records of previous immunizations to the clinics. Call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services Office in Bath at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471 to schedule an appointment or for further information.

STD/HIV clinic

The Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor free HIV clinics, by appointment only as follows:

•  From 9-11 a.m. Thursday the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services clinic rooms, County Office Building, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath.

The clinics are services available to all residents of Steuben County for HIV counseling and testing.

For an appointment or information call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services Bath office at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Flu shot clinic

•  The Bath VA Medical Center (VAMC) will hold a flu vaccination clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day Monday  through Friday in the Bath VAMC Mobile Clinic Van which will be parked outside of the main hospital building on the VA campus.

Vaccinations are available for eligible Veterans currently enrolled for care at VA. If not enrolled, this is a great opportunity to determine eligibility for care and, if eligible, receive a free flu vaccination. Veterans not currently enrolled should bring their DD214 and 2011 income information.

For more information, please contact your primary care team or VA Public Affairs at 607-664-4799.

Want to quit smoking?

• The Bath VA offers the Quit Smart Program to assist eligible veterans quit smoking. For more information call 664-4300.

Rehab treatment

• Get free and confidential help finding rehab treatment listings in your local area through or call today at 888-629-0333 to speak to a counselor.

Senior home care

The Steuben County Office for the Aging assists senior citizens and their families explore the many options for home care and support services for eligible senior citizens.  For more information at 607-664-2298.

Transportation assistance

Steuben Coordinated Transportation, in partnership with the Office for the Aging and the United Way of the So. Tier, offers transportation assistance to Steuben County residents (not on Medicaid) to medical, nutritional, or other necessary services.  Transportation assistance is offered by referrals to area services or by arranging for a volunteer driver to transport qualified clients.

If you are a senior citizen without transportation to necessary, non-emergency appointments, please call 2-1-1 HELPLINE by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211 and ask for Steuben Coordinated Transportation. Donations are accepted but there is not a fee for any services given. 

Residents of any age interested in becoming a volunteer driver and a vital part of our community are also invited to call for more information.  (Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteer drivers.)

Classes/training/lectures/seminars/information sessions

• Arnot Health will host free screening designed to detect cancer of the head, neck and mouth from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 at the Falck Cancer Center, adjacent to the main entrance of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, 600 Roe Avenue in Elmira. Registrations are required for the event by calling Health on Demand on 607-737-4499.

• Free Financial Assistance classes will be held from 3-5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. Those with insurance or no insurance may benefit from the class. Interested individuals can register by calling Health on Demand at 607-737-4499.

• A new course is now available: The new 40 minute CPR-By-Stander course. CPR has changed. The “short-form” is “hands-only.” The new approach by the American Heart Association is geared to be taught to the whole family in under an hour. Go to to learn more.

Hospital bills or Medicare questions?

St. James Mercy financial representatives are available 1-2 p.m. Tues. at the Office for the Aging, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell to answer questions regarding hospital bills or Medicare. This is a free service offered to any individual and no appointment is necessary. For more information call 324-8040.

Living with osteoarthritis

Today, more than 10 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, making it the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. What are frequent causes of this type of arthritis, and what can you do to protect your knees, reduce the symptoms, and support your doctor’s treatment? With advice from some of the world’s leading knee specialists, the American Arthritis Society has compiled in its publication ARTHRITIS INFO useful and practical tips for self-care. Each tip is interesting and easy to follow. For a free sample issue of ARTHRITIS INFO, write to: American Arthritis Society, P.O. Box 271010, Minneapolis, MN 55427 (please include a loose 44 cent stamp for return postage.)