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Friendly Visitors

These are usually volunteers who regularly pay short visits.


Home Health Care

Skilled short-term nursing or therapies ordered by a physician and provided in the home.


Home Care

Usually limited to personal care like bathing or dressing, meal preparation, and household chores.



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Adult Day Care Services

These provide social contact and a place to go when family caregivers are at work. Usually, adult day care programs operate during business hours.


Geriatric Care Managers

These are usually nurses or social workers who specialize in helping Seniors and their families with long-term care needs.


Emergency Response

Seniors wear a signaling device to activate when help is needed.


Respite Care

Designed to provide temporary relief for caring family members. Can be provided in the home, at an adult day care center, or at a nursing home.



Help for Staying In Our Homes



Resources For Older Adults Who Want To Stay In Their Homes

Gretchen Heuring | ElderThink | 11.18.09


Staying in your own home as you grow older is called "aging in place." Thanks to the Older Americans Act, there are resources available for Seniors regardless of their income. Many programs rely on the time and energy of volunteers. Other programs are funded by tax dollars and donations are encouraged but not required.


A Good Place To Begin Is With A Senior Resource Specialist


In most communities, Senior Resource Specialists and Community Care Coordinators can be found in Senior Centers or Community Centers. Senior Resource Specialists offer consultation and referral to older adults and their families. They are available to discuss your specific situation, clarify your needs and link you to services and solutions in your community. They can help with housing information, financial assistance, home care options, legal aid, caregiving support and other resources. Contact your local Senior Center or Community Center for more information. Here's how:


The US Administration on Aging (AoA) offers a free ElderCare locator. By entering your zip code, you can find the nearest source of information and support.


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