We’ve found help for homebound seniors! Months ago, someone told me that there just weren’t any resources for low income seniors. Since then, I’ve made it my personal mission to find as many resources for low income seniors as possible… and today, we’re going to review 7 services specifically for homebound seniors.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels and other home-delivery nutrition services are offered by seniors centers and Area Agencies on Aging across America. These programs bring healthy, life-giving foods into the homes of seniors who need them.
The details on these programs vary by location, but they are usually offered for free or very low-cost to those who need them.
Personal Care Services
Non-skilled Personal Care services like homemaking and household chores are provided by volunteers and coordinated by many local Area Agencies on Aging.
These programs can provide non-skilled, non-medical personal care services, which may include help with housekeeping, grocery shopping, medication reminders, meal planning and preparation, hygiene, transportation or companionship.
Chore volunteers are coordinated by many Agencies. These volunteers may be able to assist seniors with more intense tasks like heavy housework, yardwork or sidewalk maintenance.
Case Management Services
Case management services may also be available from some Area Agencies on Aging.
This program provides someone that can help coordinate your care by assessing your needs, developing care plans, authorizing and arranging services, coordinating service providers, offering follow-ups and more. This can be very helpful, especially if you are overwhelmed with paperwork or coordinating services from multiple agencies.
Assisted transportation is available in many areas. Coordinated by various senior centers and Area Agencies on Aging, assisted transportation programs may provide adapted vehicles and escorts to help transport those who have difficulty using regular transportation.
Caregiver Support Services
Caregiver support services help homebound seniors by helping their caregivers. Many caregivers experience burnout, which affects those in their care. The Area Agency on Aging may provide respite services, day programs, support groups and other resources that can help strengthen and relieve caregivers.
Home Modification Grants
Home modification grants may be available that can help homebound seniors adapt their living spaces so that they are more usable. Some of the grant programs we have found can install mobility ramps, lift chairs and other devices that can help seniors make the most of their living spaces.
USAging, formerly the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, has stated that Home and Community-Based Services like this “cost a fraction of the cost of institutional care options such as nursing homes and skilled care facilities,” and that they help people live happier and more independent lives at home. And that’s a wonderful thing.