Elder Services

How to Find Services Specific to Older Persons


As you begin searching for vision-related rehabilitation services, it’s helpful to review the overall network of services for older adults.

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) develop, coordinate and provide local services that enable older adults to remain at home and in their communities:

Telephone reassurance - A phone system that calls the elderly at home to ensure their well being. This technology allows many seniors who would normally require home care or other types of assisted living to stay in their homes longer with the security that someone will be checking in on them on a regular basis.

If the phone is unanswered, an emergency procedure is implemented to check on the client's safety and to send help if necessary.

Homemaker/chore service - Finding a trustworthy and reliable person to aid and assisant in everyday living. There are numerous agencies that offer qualified home attendants to offer care and support.

Transportation - Many companies and agencies offer Acess-a-Ride, a service which picks up and delievers people who are able to step outside the home and take them to various places they need to go, such as doctors appointments, stores, etc.

Information and referral - A program of Community Services Council, which offers free information and referral line for health, human and community services.

Meals on Wheels - Meals on Wheels are programs that deliver meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. The name is often used to refer to home-delivered meals programs, not all of which are actually named "Meals on Wheels."

Because they are housebound, many of the recipients are the elderly; and disabled , and are unable to prepare their own meals. Surprisingly, many of the volunteers are also elderly but able-bodied, and deliever and distribute meals to those who need assistance.

Friendly visiting - Friendly Visiting creates lasting, meaningful relationships between seniors and volunteers, with regular friendly visits in person and over the phone isolated seniors experience improved physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as gain a more positive outlook.

Legal assistance - Legal services offices, also called legal aid offices, employ staff lawyers to provide legal help to poor clients. The lawyers are usually experts in the types of problems that poor clients most often encounter.

In addition to community-based legal help from legal aid and pro bono programs, some cities and states have other programs that give free legal help to clients who are elderly, disabled, members of the military, or in other special circumstances.

Case Management - Cast managementis an area of practice within severalhealthcare professions. Most case managers are nurses or social workers.

Senior Centers - Since multipurpose Senior Centers are playing an increasing role in assisting older Americans to achieve greater independence, by providing a gateway to the Aging Network and other services, information gleaned from these centers on their effectiveness is extremely important.

Senior centers are excellent sites for community-based health promotion activities, as well as a relaxed place to make new friends, and strengthen social networks.

Adult Day Care and Respite Services - Adult daycare is a wonderful, but often overlooked form of respite, beneficial to the caregiver as well as the participant. Adult daycare is an alternative to residentail placement and assisted livivg, and can keep families together longer.

A program that enables the participant to be at home in the evening and on weekends, while allowing the caregiver time to persue there own intrests and even maintain employment outside the home. Adult daycare still allows the caregiver to manage the care of there relative and also manage there own lives also.

While adult daycare is taking care of your relative in the day the caregiver can take care of themselves , at the end of the day both caregiver and there relative have more quality time together due to adult day care doing some of the daily care.

The national Eldercare Locator [link opens in new window] is a searchable database to help you find local agencies and resources that enable older adults to live independently in their home communities.