Home and Community Based Services
Do you need more services than you can afford?
“I worry that my parents are sitting at home alone now that so many of their friends and family are gone. I am looking for services and activities to brighten their days and get them out among others again.”
One of the most useful forms of help that adult children can provide for their parents is information about community resources that are available to enhance their independence. Services like home modification are available to help reduce the risk of accidents and make daily household activities more comfortable to perform. There are many community resources to help older persons by providing information or needed service.
WHAT KIND OF HELP CAN AGENCIES PROVIDE?
Agencies that provide services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities offer a wide range of services.
Home Care Support
- Housekeeping assistance
- Emotional supports
Physical Barrier Removal
- Addition of ramps
- Modifying doorways, bathrooms, kitchens
- Help to find affordable, safe, accessible housing
- Assistance accessing public or non-profit senior and/or accessible vans or buses
Senior Service and Social Event Access
- Provide information on local senior services
- Offer support groups
- Work with theaters, performing arts centers, etc. to provide free or reduced entrance fees
- Work with your Aging agencies to provide joint social events that both you and your family member can attend and provide staffing to give you a break
Counsel/Advocate on Financial Aid & Benefits
- Help navigate the social service system and resolve problems with agencies
- Advocate for obtaining services for which you and/or your family member are eligible
- Assist in obtaining Medicaid
- Provide materials or workshops on financial planning (e.g. guardianship and trusts)
- Help with transition planning: stand-by guardian, health-care proxy, and living wills
Medical / Health Services Access
- Help in obtaining appropriate medical services for both caregiver and care receiver
- Provide a list of specialists for children and adults with disabilities
- Aid with transition planning and your future health needs, i.e. dementia care and frailty
- Provide support groups and counseling for emotional needs
Ninety-five percent of us pledge to remain at home as we age. Most of us do not plan for the expense of maintaining our homes that are aging just as we are.
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