Are you missing out on Benefits and Services?
There are many great programs available for older Americans and disabled individuals, yet people typically do not know about them until a crisis arises causing them to reach out for support. If you have a friend or relative you think may qualify for benefits you need to read this! Don't take a chance and miss out! You need to learn what your local Area Agency on Aging can assist you with. Here are a few key topics we can assist you or a loved one with. Click through the menu above for a full listing of our programs.
- If you need help to stay in your home:
In-home services for individuals receiving Medicaid benefits who are at risk of nursing home placement. A case manager will assess needs and work with the client and their physician in determining what assistance in needed to stay safely at home. Services include Homemaker Services, Personal Care, Home Delivered Meals and some Respite.
-If you are taking care of a loved one:
Assistance designed to support family caregivers. The role of the Alabama Cares Program is to provide information, assistance, education, respite and supplemental services to caregivers.
- If you are looking for fellowship, friends and a noon meal:
The Area Agency on Aging supports 22 Senior Activity Centers throughout West Alabama. These Centers provide a central location for socialization, education, recreation and health promotion to individuals age 60 and above. There is no income limit that restricts participation. Many centers offer computer access, day trips and exercise classes in addition to a hot nutritious meal Monday through Friday. Home delivered meals may be available with this program as well.
- If you or a loved one lives in a nursing home/assisted living facility:
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for residents' rights in a long-term care facility or assisted living facility. The Ombudsman is available to help mediate and resolve issues on behalf of the resident.
- If you need help understanding Medicare or finding savings for premiums, deductibles and co-pays:
Counseling about Medicare benefits, how to enroll, how to shop plans available, how to qualify for extra help in paying for deductibles, premiums, co-insurance. Do you have questions about Medicare Part D? Are you new to Medicare? Do you have a complaint about your coverage? What is Medicare Advantage? The goal of this program is to provide you with the information you need to make the most informed decisions regarding your Medicare coverage. Volunteer opportunities are also available through SHIP.
-If you are on Medicare:
Education on Medicare Summary Notices to help the consumer spot error, fraud and abuse.
- If you need to supplement your income but need training to re-enter the work force:
Job skills training, employment preparation and paid, part time training assignments for qualifying seniors age 55 and older.
- If you need help with your medications:
Help in attaining free medication for uninsured or under-insured, low-income seniors age 55 and older and people with disabilities of any age.
- If you need legal advice, information on Dementia, local information, etc:
Alzheimer's information, health promotions, legal assistance (205-348-4960 or 1-800-452-9036), limited transportation, information and referral, short term case management. All are available through the Area Agency on Aging and it's providers.