Senior Services

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  1. wyldwynd

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    Services in the community enable hundreds of thousands of older persons to maintain dignity and independence within their homes and communities. Community resources available for the elderly include:

    Transportation- Drivers transport seniors to doctor appointments, grocery store, hair appointments and local errands.

    Escort- Escort service provides support for older people with limited mobility to obtain needed services. Escort service is often provided by volunteers. It might mean picking up an individual at their home, accompanying them to a doctor's appointment or spending the afternoon together running errands.

    Senior Centers- There are thousands of senior centers operating in the United States. Senior Centers offer programs of interest to active and independent older people. Seniors can choose to attend based on their interest in the offered programs.

    Legal Assistance- Legal services help older persons experiencing problems in civil matters to obtain advice, counseling, information or representation. Services are provided either by a licensed attorney or trained paralegal. Types of matters for which help is typically sought include health care, income, public benefits (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, food stamps), employment, consumer complaints, nursing home resident rights, utilities, guardianship/conservatorship, wills and estates.

    Minor Home Modifications(MODS)-the provision and installation of certain home mobility aides (e.g., ramps, rails, non-skid surfacing, grab bars, and other devices and minor home modifications which facilitate mobility) and modifications to the home environment to enhance safety. Excluded are those adaptations or improvements to the home which are of general utility and which are not of direct medical or remedial benefit to the individual, such as carpeting, roof repair, central air conditioning, etc.

    Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) - PERS is an electronic device which enables certain individuals at high risk of institutionalization to secure help in an emergency. The individual may also wear a portable "help" button to allow for mobility. The system is connected to the person's phone and programmed to signal a response center once a "help" button is activated. The response center is staffed by trained professionals.

    Home Delivered Meals (HDM) -A hot, nutritionally balanced meal is delivered five days a week to individuals who are unable to prepare their own nutritionally well-balanced meals.

    Respite Care (IR) - Services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves, furnished on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing the care. May be provided inpatient or in-home.

    Assistive Technology - Assistive device, adaptive aids, controls or appliances which enable an enrollee to increase the ability to perform activities of daily living or to perceive or control their environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, “grabbers” to pick objects off the floor, strobe light to signify the smoke alarm has been activated, etc.

    Pest Control - The use of sprays, and traps, as appropriate, in the enrollee’s residence (excluding NF, ACLF) to regulate or eliminate the intrusion of roaches, wasps, mice, rats and other species of pests into the household environment thereby removing an environmental issue that could be detrimental to a frail elderly or disabled enrollee’s health and physical well-being.

    Personal Care Assistance/Attendant - Intermittent provision of direct assistance with the activities such as toileting, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, meal preparation, budget management, attending appointments, and interpersonal and social skill building to enable the enrollee to live in a community setting.

    Homemaker- Homemaker service is extended to individuals who are unable to perform day-to-day household duties and have no one available to assist them. Services include light housekeeping, laundry, limited personal care, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and shopping assistance.

    Chore Service- Chore service is available to persons who are physically unable to perform tasks, such as heavy cleaning, minor repair or yard work, and unable to secure assistance from family or friends nor have the means to pay privately.

    Adult Day Care - Community-based group programs of care lasting more than three (3) hours per day but less than twenty-four (24) hours per day provided pursuant to an individualized plan of care by a licensed provider not related to the participating adult.

    Assisted Living Facility - Personal care services, homemaker services and medication oversight provided in a home-like environment in a licensed Assisted Care Living Facility.

    Home Health- Home health care is recognized as an increasingly important alternative to hospitalization or care in a nursing home for patients who do not need 24-hour day professional supervision. Many people find it possible to remain at home for the entire duration of their illness or at least to shorten their hospital stay. In many cases readmission to the hospital can be prevented or delayed. A variety of health services are provided in a home health care program in the patient's home, under the direction of a physician.

    Physical Fitness/Exercise. Programs are designed to assist older people stay physically active and healthy. An exercise expert, for example, might come to a senior center, nursing home, hospital or other facility in the community to lead exercises geared especially to older people. Transportation might be provided to the local YMCA/YWCA or other community venue for older persons to attend special exercise classes.
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    To find the non-profit organizations and community based programs for seniors in your local area call the department of aging in your state to assist in locating these resources available to seniors.

    Alabama Department of Senior Services
    PO Box 301851
    770 Washington Avenue, Suite 470
    Montgomery, AL 36130 -1851
    (334) 242-5743 or 1-800-243-5463
    Fax: (334) 242-5594

    Alaska Commission on Aging
    Department of Health and Social Services
    150 Third Street, No. 103
    P.O. Box 110693
    Juneau, AK 99811-0693
    (907) 465-4879
    Fax: (907) 465-4716

    Arizona Aging and Adult Administration
    Department of Economic Security
    1789 W. Jefferson, No. 950A
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 542-4446
    Fax: (602) 542-6575

    Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services
    Department of Health & Human Services
    P.O. Box 1437
    700 Main Street, 5th Floor, S530
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
    (501) 682-2441
    Fax: (501) 682-8155

    California Department of Aging
    1300 National Drive, #200
    Sacramento, CA 95834
    (916) 419-7500
    Fax: (916) 928-2268

    Colorado Division of Aging and Adult Services
    Department of Human Services
    1575 Sherman Street
    10th Floor
    Denver, CO 80203-1714
    (303) 866-2636
    Fax: (303) 866-2696

    Connecticut Bureau of Aging Community
    & Social Work Services
    Department of Social Services
    25 Sigourney Street
    Hartford, CT 06106
    (860) 424-5277
    Fax: (860) 424-4957

    Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults
    with Physical Disabilities
    Dept of Health and Social Services
    1901 North DuPont Highway
    New Castle, DE 19720
    (302) 255-9390
    Fax: (302) 255-4445

    District of Columbia Office on Aging
    One Judiciary Square
    441 4th Street, N.W., 9th Floor
    Washington, DC 20001
    (202) 724-5622
    Fax: (202) 724-4979

    Florida Department of Elder Affairs
    4040 Esplanade Way
    Suite 315
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000
    (850) 414-2000
    Fax: (850) 414-2004

    Georgia Division for Aging Services
    2 Peachtree St. N.W. 9th Floor
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 657-5258
    Fax: (404) 657-5285

    Guam Division of Senior Citizens
    Department of Public Health and Social Services
    Government of Guam
    P.O. Box 2816
    Hagaina, Guam 96932
    011 (671) 735-7382
    Fax: (671) 735-7416

    Hawaii Executive Office on Aging
    No. 1 Capitol District
    250 South Hotel Street, Suite 406
    Honolulu, HI 96813-2831
    (808) 586-0100
    Fax: (808) 586-0185

    Idaho Commission on Aging
    3380 Americana Terrace, No. 120
    PO Box 83720
    Boise, ID 83720-0007
    (208) 334-3833
    Fax: (208) 334-3033

    Illinois Department on Aging
    421 East Capitol Avenue
    Springfield, IL 62701-1789
    (217) 785-2870
    Fax: (217) 785-4477

    Indiana Division of Aging
    Family and Services Administration
    402 W. Washington Street
    P.O. Box 7083
    Indianapolis, IN 46207-7083
    (317) 232-7123
    Fax: (317) 232-7867

    Iowa Department of Elder Affairs
    Jessie Parker Building
    510 East 12th St., Suite 2
    Des Moines, IA 50319-9025

    Kansas Department on Aging
    New England Building
    503 South Kansas Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66603-3404
    (785) 296-5222
    Fax: (785) 296-0256

    Department For Aging & Independent Living
    Cabinet for Health & Family Services
    275 East Main Street, 3W-F
    Frankfort, KY 40621
    (502) 564-6930
    Fax: (502) 564-4595

    Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
    PO Box 61 [zip 70821-0061]
    412 N. 4th Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    (225) 342-7100
    Fax: (225) 342-7133

    Maine Office of Elder Services
    Department of Health & Human Services
    442 Civic Center Drive
    11 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0011
    (207) 287-9200
    Fax: (207) 287-9230

    Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
    PO Box 502178
    Saipan, MP 96950-2178
    (670) 233-1320 or (670) 233-1321
    Fax: (670) 233-1327

    Maryland Department of Aging
    301 West Preston Street, Suite 1007
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (410) 767-1100
    Fax: (410) 333-7943

    Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
    One Ashburton Place
    Boston, MA 02108
    (617) 222-7451
    Fax: (617) 727-6944

    Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
    P.O. Box 30676
    7109 West Saginaw, First Floor
    Lansing, MI 48909-8176
    (517) 373-8230
    Fax: (517) 373-4092

    Minnesota Board on Aging
    Department of Human Services
    PO Box 64976
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0976
    (651) 431-2500 or 800-882-6262
    Fax: (651) 431-7453

    Mississippi Council on Aging
    Division of Aging and Adult Services
    750 N. State Street
    Jackson, MS 39202
    (601) 359-4925
    Fax: (601) 359-4370

    Missouri Division of Senior & Disability Services
    Dept of Health & Senior Services
    P.O. Box 570
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
    (573) 526-3626
    Fax: (573) 751-8687

    Montana Office on Aging
    Senior and Long Term Care Division
    Department of Public Health and Human Services
    111 Sanders Street
    PO Box 4210
    Helena, MT 59604
    (406) 444-7788 or 800-551-3191
    Fax: (406) 444-7743

    Nebraska Health and Human Services - State Unit on Aging
    P.O. Box 95044
    301 Centennial Mall - South
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    (402) 471-2307
    Fax: (402) 471-4619

    Nevada Division for Aging Services
    Department of Health & Human Services
    3416 Goni Road, Building D-132
    Carson City, NV 89706
    (775) 687-4210 Ext 226
    Fax: (775) 687-4264

    New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
    Brown Building - 129 Pleasant St.
    Concord, NH 03301-3857
    (603) 271-4394
    Fax: (603) 271-4643

    New Jersey Division of Aging & Community Services
    Department of Health & Senior Services
    240 W. State Street
    P.O. Box 807
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0807
    (609) 292-4027
    Fax: (609) 943-3343

    New Mexico Aging & LTC Services Department
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 476-4799 (main)
    (505) 476-4738 (direct)
    Fax: (505) 827-7649

    New York State Office for the Aging
    Two Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12223-1251
    (518) 474-7012
    Fax: (518) 474-1398

    North Carolina Division of Aging & Adult Services
    Department of Health and Human Services
    2101 Mail Service Center
    693 Palmer Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27699-2101
    (919) 733-3983
    Fax: (919) 733-0443

    North Dakota Aging Services Division
    Department of Human Services
    600 East Boulevard Avenue
    Department 325
    Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
    (701) 328-4601
    Fax: (701) 328-4061

    Ohio Department of Aging
    50 West Broad Street - 9th Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-5928
    (614) 466-7246
    Fax: (614) 995-1049

    Oklahoma Aging Services Division
    OK Department of Human Services
    P.O. Box 25352
    2401 N.W. 23rd St., Suite 40
    Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2442
    (405) 521-2281
    Fax: (405) 521-2086

    Oregon Seniors and People With Disabilities
    Department of Human Services
    500 Summer St., NE, E02
    Salem, OR 97301-1073
    (503) 945-6478
    Fax: (503) 373-7823

    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
    555 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919
    (717) 783-1550
    Fax: (717) 772-3382

    Puerto Rico Governor's Office for Elderly Affairs
    P.O. Box 191179
    San Juan, PR 00919-1179
    (787) 721-5710
    Fax: (787) 721-6510

    Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs
    John O. Pastore Center
    Benjamin Rush Building, No. 55
    35 Howard Avenue
    Cranston, RI 02920
    (401) 462-0501 or (401) 462-0565
    Fax: (401) 462-0503

    Territorial Administration on Aging
    American Samoa Government
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
    011 (684) 633-1251 or 633-1252
    Fax: 011 (684) 633-2533

    South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
    Bureau of Senior Services
    1301 Gervais Street
    Suite 200
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 734-9900
    Fax: (803) 734-9886

    South Dakota Office of Adult Services & Aging
    Department of Social Services
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501
    (605) 773-3656
    Fax: (605) 773-6834

    Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
    Andrew Jackson Building
    500 Deaderick Street, No. 825
    Nashville, TN 37243-0860
    (615) 741-2056
    Fax: (615) 741-3309

    Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
    PO Box 149030 (W-619)
    Austin, TX 78714-9030
    (512) 438-3030
    Fax: (512) 438-4220

    Virgin Islands Senior Citizen Affairs Administration
    Department of Human Services
    3011 Golden Rock
    Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
    (340) 772-9811
    Fax: (340) 772-9849

    Utah Division of Aging & Adult Services
    Department of Human Services
    120 North 200 West, Room 325
    Salt Lake City, UT 84103
    (801) 538-3910
    Toll free : 1-877-424-4640
    Fax: (801) 538-4395

    Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
    Weeks Building
    103 South Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05671
    (802) 241-2401
    Fax: (802) 241-2325

    Virginia Department for the Aging
    1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
    Richmond, VA 23229
    (804) 662-9333
    Fax: (804) 662-7035

    Washington Aging and Disability Services
    Department of Social & Health Services
    640 Woodland Square Loop SE
    Lacey, WA 98503-1045 (Physical Address)
    PO Box 45600 (Mailing Address)
    Olympia, WA 98504-5600
    (360) 725-2260
    Fax: (360) 407-0304

    West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services
    1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
    3003 Town Center Mall
    Charleston, WV 25305-0160
    (304) 558-3317
    Fax: (304) 558-5609

    Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources
    Department of Health and Family Services
    One West Wilson Street, Room 450
    PO Box 7851
    Madison, WI 53707-7851
    (608) 266-3840
    Fax: (608) 267-3203

    Wyoming Aging Division
    Department of Health
    6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 259B
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    (307) 777-7986 or 800-442-2766
    Fax: (307) 777-5340

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    Thanks for the information. Dad takes advantage of several of the above mentioned services. I became his driver since his health issues the end of November 2012. Unfortunately our local cab service closed in December. Council for Older Adults does offer some rides to doctor appointments but you need to give two weeks advanced notice. Dad always plans things on the spur of the moment but we are working on that. I keep telling him I would like advanced notice too but he still springs things on me. He does still live alone but thank God he decided to stop driving.
  5. My father is 91 and still does everything for himself (including driving). We actually checked social services for the elderly in his area but thankfully have not had to use them. The volunteer aspect of care for the elderly in their own homes is a vital part of the service. Thanks for bringing it to people's attention Wyldwynd!

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