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WHATArea Agency’s on Aging are local agencies designated by a state to address the needs of older adults and the disabled including in-home support service assistance for elderly across the country.
WHYTo provide necessary support service assistance which may include free or low-cost personal care for the elderly and disabled, homemaking or cleaning services, home repairs, yard work, respite care and more which allow older adults to remain safely living in their own homes.
WHEREArea Agency on Aging (AAA) Elder Locator.
Administration for Community Living.
Administration on Aging.
Across the USA.

Program Description

“An important part of planning is thinking about how you are going to pay for the help you need. Some things you want may cost a lot. Others may be free. Some might be covered by Medicare or other health insurance. Some may not. Check with your insurance provider(s). It's possible that paying for a few services out of pocket could cost less than moving into an independent living, assisted living, or long-term care facility.”
-National Institute on Aging source:

“AAAs coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, if that is their preference, aided by services such as home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option. By making a range of supports available, AAAs make it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangements that suit them best.”

“Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.”

Each Area Agency on Aging across the United States is responsible for providing free or low-cost in-home care support services for the elderly and are designated to cover a specific city, county, state or district. AAAs may be categorized as government, private, or nonprofit.

The Eldercare Locator connects older adults, the disabled  and caregivers with trustworthy local in-home care support assistance resources.

Depending on income level elderly in-home support services may be free or older adults be asked to pay a fee for some types of services.

  • Personal Care for Elderly– free or low-cost home health aide to help with feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, nails, hair and toileting.
  • Paramedical Tasks -assistance with medications, injections, wound care, bowel and bladder care such as colostomy and catheter care.
  • Housekeeping – free or low-cost house cleaning services for elderly, tidying up, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping.
  • Home-delivered meals – free or low-cost hot meal delivery.
  • Protective Supervision – supervision of an elderly person with a mental impairment to protect them from injury.
  • Yard Work - free or low-cost yard work and maintenance such as law mowing, snow removal, etc.
  • Pet Care – free help for elderly to take care of their pets.
  • Respite care – free or low-cost respite care to give caregivers of elderly a break or respite from caring for a loved one. This may include coverage for an adult day care for an older adult while a caregiver takes needed rest.  
  • Transportation – free rides for elderly to medical appointments.
  • Financial Management – help for elderly in organizing and paying bills.  
  • Financial assistance for assistive devices - free or low-cost medical alert systems, caregiving supplies and more.
  • Home Modifications – free or low-cost home safety modifications or minor repairs such as widening doorways to allow for wheelchairs or scooters, adding grab bars or railings in bathrooms, improving home lighting, non-slip floors, improved ease of use of knobs and handles, and more
  • Friendly Visiting - visiting and spending time with the elderly to help prevent social isolation and loneliness.

Support services are also available to connect older adults to community centers, resources, activities, events and groups.

The Older Americans Act Supportive Services and Senior Centers Program funds in home support services.

The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living and can be reached at the Eldercare Locator national call center 1-800-677-1116 and online.

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