Options in Finding Senior Services
Locating services for a loved one can be overwhelming. This tip-sheet is provided to help you consider what may be available. Many services can be purchased privately, or if you can not afford outside services perhaps the organization provides a scholarship or will charge on a sliding scale. Some programs may be provided by a variety of federal and state funding sources including Older Americans Act, Community Care for the Elderly, and Medicaid Waiver. The chart below shows some commonly used options:
To meet the needs of someone being cared for it is important to understand a little of what the option given above provide.
Long-term Care Facility: This can include a continual living community, assisted living, and nursing homes.
Home Health Agency: Provide care in your home with the goal of keeping the person needing care at home and independent. Services provided can be assistance with activities of daily living, administering medication, cooking daily meals, and respite.
Senior Centers / Adult Daycare: Provide supervised and structure environment as an alternative to staying home. Daycare can also be an alternative to in-home respite.
Memory Disorder Clinic: Provide a comprehensive evaluation for the person with a suspected memory problem.
Aging Resource Center / Area Agency on Aging: operates as a “No Wrong Door” organization, providing options counseling to respond to the needs of older adults. As a private non-profit corporation, the Area Agencies on Aging, advocates, plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services to seniors (60 years and older). Services include:
- Options Counseling
- Providing nutrition and supportive services.
- Providing home-based services as an alternative to institutional care.
- Administering Medicaid Waivers providing home and facility based services to eligible frail elders.
Because many of the programs available from the Area Agencies on Aging are publicly funded services, each program will have their own eligibility criteria. To better help you understand how government sponsored services operate, we have provided an additional tip-sheet titled “Finding Publicly Funded Services”.
This tip-sheet and others are available at no cost through the AlzOnline.net website.