SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Many of the following services and programs are administered by the local area agency on aging. The number and type of services available in each community may vary. For specific information, contact your local area agency on aging.

Adult Day Health Care - A day care program that provides health, therapeutic, and social services to serve the specialized needs of frail elderly as well as younger functionally impaired adults at risk of institutionalization.

Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers - Day care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias who are often unable to be served by other programs. The centers provide respite as well as training and support for families and professional caregivers.

Brown Bag Program - Volunteers collect and distribute surplus food to low-income eligible seniors.

Congregate Meals - Local programs provide seniors with meals in a group setting.

Foster Grandparent Program - Low-income senior volunteers work with children who have exceptional needs.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) - Provides community education and individualized one-to-one counseling on Medicare, managed care, and other private health insurance issues.

Home Delivered Meals - Local programs prepare and deliver meals to homebound seniors.

Information & Assistance - Trained staff provide information as well as assistance and follow-up to link older persons and their families to specific community services.

In-Home Services - Assistance with personal care and daily tasks, particularly for older persons who are above income eligibility for In-Home Supportive Services.

Legal Assistance - Community programs provide legal information, advice, and counseling, as well as administrative and judicial representation for seniors.

Linkages - Provides services ranging from in-depth information and assistance to case management. Linkages serves elderly as well as younger functionally impaired adults at risk of institutionalization. Clients do not need to be eligible for

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Professional staff and trained volunteers investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents of long term care facilities.

Multipurpose Senior Services Program - Provides social and health case management to assist persons aged 65 and over, eligible for Medi-Cal and certifiable for skilled nursing care to remain safely at home.

Respite Purchase of Service - Purchases small amounts of respite for those persons who could not otherwise afford this service in support of frail elderly persons, functionally impaired adults and their caregivers.

Respite Registry - Maintains a registry of individuals and agencies that provide temporary or periodic relief to caregivers of frail elderly persons, as well as functionally impaired adults.

Senior Community Service Employment Program - Provides part-time subsidized employment for low-income persons over age 55.

Senior Companion Program - Low-income senior volunteers provide peer support to frail older persons in their local communities.

Transportation - Local agencies secure escorts and travel vouchers, or provide vehicles to assist in transporting older persons to essential services.

Other Services - Services based on local needs, may include case management, social day care, translators, mental health counseling, assistance with housing, etc.
  

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