Many people, especially seniors, are on limited funds and struggle to pay monthly bills, not to mention for things such as medications, mobility aids, health insurance, and nutritious meals. In this post we review what are community resources and provide a list of community resources for elderly and others. It is important to understand how
Caregiver Resources to help in the home
Many elderly want to stay in their home, or a family member’s home, instead of moving into a facility setting. Below are some resources to help keep your loved one as independent as possible in a home setting.
Resources for Seniors- Area Agency on Aging
A good starting point to find available resources is your local Area Agency on Aging. Each state has an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which can be a public or a private non-profit agency that helps coordinate services so that seniors can stay in their homes. The AAA’s name may vary, and the support is provided at the regional and local levels. The type of support provided depends on where you live. The goal is to help make independent living a viable option, for example, with services such as meals on wheels, legal aid, health insurance consultation, adult daycare information, and caregiver support services. Just insert your city/ state or zip code, and find you find your local Area Agency on Aging.
Another way to find resources available for your loved one is made available by the National Council on Aging. Click on BenefitsCheckUp.Org. It is pretty user friendly. Insert your zip code, answer a few questions, and identify what type of benefits you are interested in. They can provide additional information on available resources in your area for such things as medication assistance, housing and utilities, transportation, tax relief, and veteran assistance.
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Another local resource is your Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). It is a terrific resource because it can provide information and assistance to older adults and people with disabilities. The ADRC can help you learn about public and private programs available and how to access the services you need. Click here to locate the ADRC near you.
Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Let’s face it, medications can be costly, and it doesn’t seem like it will get much better very soon.
Some pharmaceutical companies have programs to help pay for prescriptions for those people in a Medicare Drug Plan (Part D). Click here for more information and to find out if your prescription has a pharmaceutical program.
It is also worth checking out PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT). This tool is a search engine that helps you find resources offered by the biopharmaceutical industry. Insert the name of the medication and other information requested into the Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT) and it will provide the contact information of the pharmaceutical resources it finds you qualify for.
ACL’s Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is a handy tool, surely worth taking a look. The U.S. Administration on Aging provides the locator, which can help you find services for older adults and their families, including your local ADRC, AAA, and a variety of other services. Visit the Eldercare Locator or call 800-677-1116.
Respite Care Adult Day Care
Adult Day Care (ADC) generally provides daily services for aging adults and the disabled. They usually operate about 10 to 12 hours during the day, and they typically offer activities for adults who have lost independence. An adult daycare facility differs from a senior community center in that senior community centers are usually for more independent and mobile seniors. Adult daycare is a good option for family caregivers if they work during the day or need a break. In addition, some ADCs provide caregiver education on a variety of caregiving topics.
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Resources for Nutritional Assistance
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
The federal program called The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to low-income people and families that are used in stores to purchase food (this program used to be called ‘food stamps”). To be eligible for these benefits, your household must meet specific requirements. To apply for benefits, or get information about SNAP, contact your local SNAP office. Find the contact information for your SNAP state agency for more information or to apply.
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