Even if your loved one chose to age in place instead of moving into a retirement home, they still may need guidance and assistance on living independently as senior citizens. As their mind and body change, living on their own may not feel the same anymore. For your loved one to know they made the right decision to age in place, they need to know they can get the necessary assistance and support as they get used to living alone as a senior. There are plenty of resources to help seniors adapt to these lifestyle changes so they can continue to enjoy living independently for as long as they want.
The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people aged 50 and older. Their website offers information and educational posts around topics such as healthy living, senior discounts, products, and news specific to seniors.
AARP also has an affiliated charity, the AARP foundation, that works to assist low-income seniors in getting the life essentials such as nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and social integration.
The NCOA is a respected and trusted national leader and association that aims to help people over 60. The association provides information on matters such as retirement planning and money management, as well as provides other community programs and services for additional support. This is a great resource to find what senior programs are available to assist with healthy aging and financial security.
AAA has over 620 locations across America that offer services to help seniors. Many of the typical programs in each area include:
PACE provides and coordinates all the types of care a senior might need living at home. This includes medical care, personal care, rehabilitation, social interaction, medications, and transportation. If you are eligible, they cover all medical expenses under the program. To qualify, seniors must live in a PACE service area and be certified by their state to need nursing home care.
A part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Eldercare Locator is a free national service that helps locate local resources for seniors such as legal and financial support, caregiving services, home repair and modification, transportation, and more.
Health Finder is a service under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that compiles a ton of resources to assist seniors. Their educational articles dive into a variety of topics including mental health, doctor visits, health conditions, etc. The site as well provides links to helpful health-related websites, support, self-help groups, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
The NIA operates under the National Institutes of Health as a federal agency. They actively research the health and aging of older individuals. Their website offers educational information on a variety of topics that can help seniors better understand their aging journey.
As home modifications are a necessity for aging in place, the National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources connects you to a network of qualified professionals to assist you and your loved one. Make sure to do a background check and the proper research of the service provider you may find.
Meals on Wheels is a nationally-renowned meal program that delivers to those in need with more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. If your elderly loved one requires meal assistance, Meals on Wheels specializes in offering services for independently living aging adults.
For those who are senior veterans and enrolled in the VHA healthcare system, the Guide to Long-Term Care for Veterans is a helpful resource to find services and information about long-term care, housing, and financial assistance.
Your loved one can reach out to anyone from this list of resources as well as 1+1 Cares if they need assistance and support while aging in place.
1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.
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