Resources for Elders

Whether you’re a consumer, family member, or professional, finding the right resources can be a challenge.

We present here a brief introduction to the resources that may be available to you in addition to Caregiver Homes.

 

What types of resources are available to elders in Indiana?  The first thought for many is medical services and products.  While doctors and nurses provide important aspects of care, other, community resources are usually necessary too.  For an individual with modest needs, these may include home-delivered meals or 1-2 hours a week of companionship, delivered by family, neighbors, a private charity, or a public program.  For others, help with bathing, dressing or other personal care is needed.  Resources for the home – like fuel assistance – are also important.  These community resources are the primary focus here.

 

Many community resources for elders are paid for by the state or federal governments.  While these websites are not always easy to navigate, they can be a good starting point.  If you don’t find them helpful, move on to the next section.

 

 

Government Resources in Indiana:

 

Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)

http://www.in.gov/fssa/2328.htm

The DDRS provide support and life-long commitment for citizens in need of disability and rehabilitative supports.

 

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program

http://www.in.gov/idoi/2495.htm

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides counseling for Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana.

 

Division of Aging

http://www.in.gov/fssa/2328.htm

The Division of Aging establishes and monitors programs that serve the needs of Indiana seniors, focused on home- and community-based services.

 

 

There are many organizations whose mission includes helping individuals find the right community resources.  These include agencies designated by government to provide information and make referrals to specific services, and advocacy organizations that work to improve life for individuals with disabilities and may have experience and knowledge of community resources.

 

 

Information and Referral Agencies in Indiana:

 

Indiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

http://www.iaaa.org

Indiana Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) develops, coordinates and arranges supportive in-home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities

 

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana

www.agingihs.org

CICOA provides guidance and some assistance with community living options for seniors and people with disabilities living in Northeast Indiana.

 

Central Indiana Council on Aging

www.cicoa.org

CICOA provides guidance and some assistance with community living options for seniors and people with disabilities living in central Indiana.

 

Easter Seals Crossroads

www.eastersealscrossroads.org

Easter Seals Crossroads provides information and community services to seniors and people with disabilities, including seniors.

 

Care.com

http://www.care.com/indiana-senior-care-resources-p1387-q24251940.html

Care.com provides a compilation of the best senior care resources in Indiana.

 

 

Advocacy Organizations in Indiana:

 

AARP of Indiana

http://states.aarp.org/category/indiana/

AARP helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.

 

United Senior Action

http://www.usaindiana.org/index.htm

United Senior Action has been uniting older Hoosiers into a powerful voice to impact policies affecting our lives and our communities. We are an Indiana-based organization with our officers, volunteers and operations right here in Indiana.

 

 

At the end of the day, you will want to find specific providers to meet your needs or those of a loved one, patient, or client.  Caregiver Homes is one such resource.  Statewide, there are too many providers to list here.  Many serve a small area (a single city or a county).  While many do excellent work, we encourage you to ask for references and let the provider know if you have questions or concerns about the service being provided.  While many community resources are paid for by government, you, your loved one, or your patient are the consumer and the services provided should support your independence and dignity.  

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