The various categories of services:
- Healthcare Services
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Social Organizations
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Abuse/Neglect: 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.
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.
Social Security: Listings for the Social Security Administration (SSA)
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.
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.
Meal Sites: Nutritional programs that provide free or low-cost meals in a group setting, such as senior housing, senior centers, churches, etc.
Medical: Medical resources
Dental: Dental resources
Counseling & Behavioral Health: Assistance and guidance offered by a trained professional in dealing with personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.
Education/Referral: Links to information and other resources for assistance with a variety of medical conditions.
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.
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.
Respite: Options for providing temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.
Pharmacy: Local pharmacies
Medicare & Medicaid: Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). Medicaid is a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources.
Air Ambulance: Provide a medical transportation system that brings rapid, on-site emergency care to critically ill or injured patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (weather permitting). Provides transport of patients from the scene or from community medical facilities to specialized treatment centers for definitive care.
Blind & Hearing Impaired Services: Resources for those living with visual or hearing impairment, including testing centers, resource centers, and specialized supplies.
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.
Senior Centers: A place where older adults can come together for social activities, nutrition, educational events, and/or recreational opportunities.
Veterans Services: This category includes agencies or organizations that are specifically designed to help veterans and their families.
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.
Substance Abuse: Resources for people who are struggling with substance abuse themselves or the family of people who are abusing substances.
Transportation: Providers who offer assistance getting people to and from shopping centers, medical appointments, senior centers, or other places.
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.