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Abuse/Neglect & Ombudsman: Advocates for residents in long-term care homes, providing information regarding long-term care placement, concerns, services, resident rights and related topics. This category also contains resources to help elders suffering from harmful acts, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect, including self-neglect. For emergencies, call 911 immediately.

Adult Day Care: Structured, comprehensive, community-based care designed to meet the needs of impaired adults in a protected setting during the day.  Some facilities offer a wide range of therapeutic and rehabilitative activities as well as social activities, meals, and transportation. Specialized programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders also exist.

Assisted Living: Residential living that provides meals, housekeeping, transportation, socialization, individualized personal care, and health services for people who require assistance with daily activities but not the level of care offered by nursing facilities. The level of care and services vary by facility, but a 24-hour on-site response staff is usually available.

Blind & Hearing Impaired Services: Resources for those living with visual or hearing impairment, including testing centers, resource centers, and specialized supplies.

Councils and Agencies on Aging:  A nationwide network of state and local agencies that help older people plan and care for their life-long needs. Services include information and referral for in-home services, counseling, legal services, adult day care, skilled nursing care/therapy, transportation, personal care, respite care, nutrition, and meals.

Counseling & Mental Health: Assistance and guidance offered by a trained professional in dealing with personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.

Division of Family Resources: Listings for the Division of Family Resources (DFR)

Food Pantries: Typically non-profit, charitable organizations that distribute food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger. Many food pantries have usage limits and are not meant to support people in the long-term.

Health Supplies & Durable Medical Equipment: Supplies for homecare and medical equipment that is typically ordered by a doctor for use in the home, such as walkers, wheelchairs, and hospital beds.

Home Care (Medical/Non-Medical): Home care encompasses a variety of services in a person’s home including: part-time nursing care, personal care, help with chores (cleaning, meal preparation, laundry, etc.), therapies (physical, occupational, and speech), or simply someone to visit and talk.

Home Delivered Meals: Agencies that provide low cost, hot, nourishing meals to the elderly and disabled, allowing frail, homebound people to remain in their own homes. Other online companies exist, but the cost can be significant, and financial assistance is not usually accepted by these sites.

Home Safety & Medical Monitoring: Includes services to make living independently at home safer, such as monitoring of medication, wander prevention, home modification, telehealth, and emergency alert buttons.

Hospice: Care provided for a terminally-ill person and family during the final stages of life. The care includes physical care, counseling, and support services (emotional, social, and spiritual). Care is usually focused on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. Hospice programs often use a team approach, including nurses, doctors, social workers, and clergy.

Hospitals: Health care institutions that provide a variety of specialized medical care and emergency care by a trained staff 24/7.

Independent Living: For seniors who want to live on their own, but don’t want to have all the chores that go along with having a home. Many communities are specifically for seniors, but there are low-income housing options that serve all ages. Services, activities, and cost vary by facility. Call your local Area Agency on Aging Resource Center or local housing authority for more information about public, affordable, or private housing options.

Legal Services: Legal assistance provided by a trained individual or organization. Some agencies provide services at low or no cost to those unable to afford an attorney. Attorneys included in this category are all Certified Elder Law Attorneys through the National Elder Law Foundation.

Meal Sites: Nutritional programs that provide free or low-cost meals in a group setting, such as senior housing, senior centers, churches, etc.

Medical & Dental Assistance: Medical and dental services for individuals without insurance. Some facilities offer sliding scale fees or free one-time services for those demonstrating financial need.

Medicare & Medicaid: Medicare is the federal health insurance program that provides hospital and medical care to people age 65 or older, and to some younger people who are very ill or disabled. Medicaid is a joint federal/state insurance program that pays for health care for individuals and families with low incomes or very high medical bills relative to their income and assets. Also includes State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) locations.

Nursing Facilities: Nursing homes offer around-the-clock care if someone is unable to live on their own, or if they need to recover after having an illness or operation. Most homes offer short-term and long-term skilled nursing care, including rehabilitation, and medical and nursing procedures, depending on the person’s needs.

Outpatient Rehabilitation: This category is for facilities that offer rehabilitation and different types of therapy. Most of the providers specialize in outpatient rehabilitation.

Pharmacies that Deliver: Pharmacies that offer local delivery of prescriptions

Prescription & Financial Assistance: Provides counseling and relief for the poor in need of assistance. Services offered vary greatly by organization. Also includes assistance for those unable to afford medication. Always check with your medication’s manufacturer for patient assistance programs offered through the company.

Senior Centers: A place where older adults can come together for social activities, nutrition, educational events, and/or recreational opportunities.

Social Security: Listings for the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Substance Abuse: Resources for people who are struggling with substance abuse themselves or the family of people who are abusing substances.

Support Groups: Support groups offer various types of help, usually non-professional and non-material, for a common situation or affliction. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy.

Transportation: Providers who offer assistance getting people to and from shopping centers, medical appointments, senior centers, or other places.

Veterans Services: This category includes agencies or organizations that are specifically designed to help veterans and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering is an altruistic activity intended to promote good and improve quality of life. It can promote feelings of self-worth and respect as well as offering skill development, socialization, and fun.

Wellness Programs: Evidence-based programs for seniors backed by a national organization or hospital. Check your local senior center or churches for additional programs.