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Available Services for Seniors
There are a variety of aging services available to you or your loved one to help them stay at home, meet new people, take part in activities and most important, live an enriching and fulfilling life.
Below are many of these services. The brief descriptions accompanying each category can help you figure out what’s right for you or your loved one. Keep in mind that planning and saving are 2 critical parts of helping an older adult receive the services they need, when they need them, in a place they can call home.
- Home and Community-Based Services: Like most people, you probably want to stay in your home for as long as possible. But you may also need help and support to stay there. That’s where Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) can help you. HCBS providers can offer everything from help with the chores to health care services, or even just someone to call and check in on you. Also, if you are taking care of a family member or friend, these services can give you the help and support that you need as well.
While there are many different services available, not every community has them. Check with your local area agency on aging for what services are in your area.
- Adult Day Care: Provides a variety of health, social and related support services in a safe setting during the day. Some day care programs are designed especially for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Care Managers: Helps people figure out what services are needed and what services. Together, managers and their clients come up with a care plan that best fits an individual’s lifestyle and arranges the services.
- Congregate Meal Programs: Offer free or low-cost meals in group settings (often in a senior center or senior housing).
- Financial Counseling Programs: Help an individual balance a checkbook, file taxes and pay bills. They also help with Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance forms.
- Friendly Visiting: Provides volunteers who will come to visit and talk in a person’s home.
- Home Health Care Services: Includes part-time nursing services, personal care, help with chores, medical supplies or equipment and different kinds of therapies (physical, occupational, and speech) to help a person recover from an illness or surgery.
- Homemaker or Chore Services: Helps with different chores around the house, such as cleaning, preparing meals or doing laundry. They also help with harder tasks such as washing floors, windows and walls and shoveling snow.
- Hospice Care: Provides comfort, nursing care and other services, such as grief counseling, to people who are dying (and their families). Hospice care is provided in your home, in a nursing facility or in a free-standing hospice.
- Home-Delivered Meals: Bring meals in to individuals if they cannot prepare them on their own.
- Information and Assistance Services: Offer information about services and resources in the area.
- Personal Care Services: Provide help with things like bathing and dressing.
- Respite Care: Gives families a break from caring for older people who are unable to care for themselves. Respite care can take place in the older person’s or caregiver’s home.
- Rehabilitation Services: Offer different kinds of therapies (physical, occupational, and speech) to help a person recover from an illness or surgery.
- Senior Centers: Provide a place where people can come together for social and recreational activities.
- Telephone Reassurance: Provides a daily call and check on someone on a regular basis.
- Transportation Services: Helps people get to and from shopping centers, doctor’s appointments, senior centers and other places.