Services for Seniors
The Southfield Senior Services office remains closed to the public until further notice. Our staff continue to work both in the office and remotely. We are available Monday -Friday from 9 am- 2 pm to answer your calls in person at (248) 796-4650. If we miss you, please leave a message and we will call you back.
Located at 26000 Evergreen Road, within the Parks & Recreation Building, Senior Services serves adults age 50 and older. Please call (248) 796-4650 for more information.
Mobility is critical to people of all ages. It gives us independence. Those without the ability to drive often feel “trapped” in their homes. The City of Southfield and SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority Regional Transportation) are continuously working together to improve community transit service to accommodate the needs of Southfield’s senior citizens and those with disabilities.
TOSS is currently taking reservations for medical appointments and limited grocery trips. All other services have been suspended due to the Coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance and you will receive a Health Screening Call the day prior to your appointment between 10 am and 2 pm. Properly worn face masks are required for all riders, assistants and drivers. Buses are cleaned after each rider. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment please call (248) 796-4658. Please leave your name, phone number and a short message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
If you need other transportation services please call the SMART Connector at (866) 962-5515.
Transportation of Southfield Seniors (TOSS), uses lift-equipped buses to transport senior residents (age 60+) who reside in Southfield or Lathrup Village within the boundaries of Fourteen Mile Rd. to the north, Eight Mile Rd. to the south, Middlebelt to the west, and Coolidge to the east.
TOSS accommodates permanently physically challenged persons of any age. We do not provide same day or next day transportation.
For information and arrangements please call the TOSS office at (248) 796-4658, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. or leave a message after hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible, within business hours. A donation of $5 per round trip is suggested. Additional donations are welcome.
For information and arrangements please call the TOSS office at (248) 796-4658, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or leave a message after hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible, within business hours.
Ascension Health and Beaumont Hospitals, CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), the City of Southfield and SMART, jointly make this transportation possible by grants.
Regular scheduled stops for SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority Regional Transportation) buses have been arranged at more than 25 Southfield locations. Scheduled transportation to theaters, sporting events, shopping, and personal errands are available. For a listing of pickup locations and destinations please call Senior Services at (248) 796-4650. Curb-to-Curb bus service is available by appointment. Those requiring regular service through SMART may call their offices at (866) 962-5515 at least two days in advance of the required pickup.
The Chore Program is for all Southfield homeowners who are senior citizens, 62 or older, living alone, OR Certified handicapped, living alone and whose annual income meets Federal guidelines: for a family of ONE the income must be $27,500 or less and for a family of TWO the income must be $31,400 or less.
Chore services include yard work (lawn care, shrub and tree trimming & leaf pick-up), snow removal, window and gutter cleaning, minor plumbing, minor furnace repair, minor electrical repair, minor painting and carpentry. Each qualified homeowner is allowed $500 per year for the labor involved, while the client is responsible for material used. By helping with home and yard maintenance, the Chore program enables homeowners to stay in their homes.
Any questions please call Denise Glinz, Chore Coordinator, at (248) 796-4180.
This service, provided by the Area Agency on Aging, provides information and answers any questions you might have regarding Medicare and Medicaid coverage. A trained older adult volunteer counselor will answer all questions personally at no cost to you. Information is also given regarding supplemental insurance plans, long term care options, help with applications for Medicaid and much more. If you are experiencing a problem with a doctor or hospital bill, make an appointment and bring the pertinent paperwork with you for assistance. Any information you provide is confidential. For more information, please call the Area Agency on Aging at (248) 357-2255.
Free Tax Assistance from AARP
AARP will once again be assisting senior residents with their taxes this season. This program’s goal is to offer complimentary tax preparation help to anyone regardless of age, but the emphasis is on those over 50 years of age who cannot afford to have professional tax assistance. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS certified each year.
The tax preparation process has been modified this year to protect taxpayer and AARP volunteer health and safety. Specifically, there will be two short, in-person interactions between taxpayers and AARP volunteers at the Parks & Recreation Building –
• initially to bring in all forms and documents for scanning, and
• a few days later to receive and sign your final hard-copy tax return.
Appointments are mandatory for those two interactions. All communication during the off-site tax preparation process will be done by telephone and/or video - this includes the initial interview, return preparation, quality review, and result review.
Appointments will be scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from February 1 through April 15. In-person appointments take place in the Marcotte Room of the Parks & Recreation Building. Underground parking is available providing easy access to the Marcotte Room. Beginning December 15, you can make your scanning appointment either
• on-line at https://sfld.mitaxapp.com or
• by calling the Senior Services office at (248) 796-4650