Community-Based ServicesMany communities provide services and programs to help seniors and people with disabilities. These services can include meals-on-wheels, transportation services, personal care, chore services, adult day care and a variety of activities in senior centers. These services are usually free or at low cost to individuals who qualify.
The following community-based services may be available in your community:
- Adult day care Senior centers
- Financial management
- Meals On Wheels
- Telephone reassurance
- Case management
Volunteer chore services exist for low income adults who can not afford to pay for in-home services but do not qualify for other state assistance. There may be volunteer chore services volunteers in your community. Volunteers can help with things like household chores, shopping, moving, minor home repair, yard care, personal care, and transportation.
Faith in Action is a volunteer chore service that brings together people of many faiths to help their neighbors in need. Faith in Action volunteers shop, cook, drive or just check in on the millions of Americans with long-term health needs. Faith in Action volunteers give their time to help neighbors with long-term health needs by providing simple assistance. To find out if there are volunteers in your area, call Faith in Action toll-free at 1-877-324-8411 or go to their website: Faith in Action
Transportation services are available in many communities through aging services programs, regional mass transportation systems, and private sources. These services may include door-to-door taxicab services, public bus transportation, or vans with wheelchair accessible transportation. Medicare does not pay for any transportation services except ambulance services, but Medicaid may pay for transportation services to get you to a medical appointment if you are eligible. Fees for transportation services are generally small and often people pay out-of-pocket for transportation services. Many telephone books have a special section in the front of the book with the names and addresses of various service organizations that provide transportation for special needs.