When you need a special senior service, or information about an interest, there is often nowhere to look. Here’s a list of local services and resources for seniors that could match their needs, values, and preferences.
- Emergency Services Devices. This gives 24-hour emergency services to seniors outside the home. This systems provides a 2-way voice communication system that automatically connects the client to a professionally staffed emergency support center. You can find more about these devices online.
- Seniors Adult Day Programs. This program helps seniors who experience memory loss, seniors with disability, seniors who are lonely or isolated, and seniors who needs extra help to get involved in such activities.
- Support Services. This helps seniors maintain their quality of life and participate in their community. Ask your local senior center for info.
- Legal Services. This ensures the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education and counseling. Find a senior specialist to help with your legal needs.
- Friendly Visiting Services. This aims to help seniors stay in their homes longer. Friendly visiting is one-on-one personal visits by trained caregivers for seniors who find it difficult to leave their homes. They can chat, discuss over things, or even play games.
- Meals on Wheels or Meals to Wheels. It is a program that delivers meals to seniors at home who are not capable of purchasing their meals or preparing their meals.
- Transportation Services for Seniors. They provide transportation and other services to the elderly.
- Long Term Care Services. This include a wide variety of services for people who cannot care for themselves. They offer a 24-hour service care by a trained team of healthcare professionals.
Programs for Seniors
- Social Security. SSI (supplemental security income) may be available to your senior if their social security income was earned on lower paying jobs and is their only source of income.
- Area Agency on Aging– The agency is staffed by professionals who are well versed in every elder program and service available in your parent’s area, including funding sources. They can assist with applications to various programs.
- Medicare – If your senior is considered low income, receiving only social security, Medicare may subsidize all but about $10/mo in premiums.
- Food and Drug Administration – Your parents may take multiple medications with multiple side effects. In order to avoid dangerous drug interactions, you can go to the Food and Drug Administration website to access their database with important information on every drug.
- HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability provides everyone with privacy of their medical records. Unless your senior has signed a form designating you as approved to discuss their medical issues with their physician, their physician CANNOT discuss your parent’s medical condition even if you prove you are a family member.
We hope this helps to know a bit more about some programs available in many areas for seniors. For more specific information in these areas, please search the web for specifics to programs in your area.