Finding senior care resources can be challenging if you don't know how to start. One excellent way to start is by picking up individual courses in senior care policies and laws in your state, so you can readily tell a good facility from a questionable one.
There are many resources available to help senior citizens. Since some senior adults are not comfortable using the Internet, this article includes resources for seniors that are available both on the Internet (online) and off the Internet (offline).
The following is an offline list of sources for finding senior care resources:
- Your local telephone directory. One of the best offline sources of senior care resources is your own local telephone directory. Categories to check include: Nurses (Home Services), Nursing Homes, Rehabilitative Care or Services, Physicians and Surgeons (Geriatrics), Retirement and Life Care, Senior Citizen Counseling, and Senior Citizens Organizations. (The headings may vary slightly, depending on your local telephone directory.)
- Local senior center. Most areas have a local senior citizen's center. If you live in a rural area, the senior center may service the entire county. More urban areas may have multiple senior centers available. Resources available through senior centers may include: educational opportunities, entertainment and social activities, in-home care, low cost meals, therapeutic programs, transportation, and more.
- Magazines and publications. Publications specifically geared for older adults such as AARP The Magazine can provide valuable information. If you do not have a subscription, check your local library to see if it has a copy available.
The following is a list of online sources for finding senior care resources:
- Medicare. This is the official United States site for people who receive Medicare benefits. The site includes: information about Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare benefits, available Medicare plans, long-term care, Medicaid enrollment, and much more.
- U.S. Administration on Aging. This is the official website of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Elders&Families tab on the menu, you will find resources for: Alzheimer's patients and their families, disaster assistance, information about elder rights, information for caregivers, information on elder housing, information on money management, information on nutrition, and much more.
- FirstGov.gov. This site was designed as a one-stop portal to all government information and services. You can search for information at the federal, state, local, or even tribal government level. The site also contains links to contact appropriate government services or officials, a reference center for data and statistics, and more.
- AARP. This is the home site of the American Association of Retired Persons. You can access stories and information from the AARP Bulletin or AARP The Magazine as well as find links to senior services and discounts.
- SeniorJournal.Com. An online magazine and information portal for seniors, the site contains a wealth of information. Find links to services near you, news stories, and links pertinent to senior citizens. The site includes a discussion board where seniors can answer each other's questions.
In conclusion, a variety of senior care resources are available both offline and online. With a little research such as picking up courses in applicable human services disciplines, you can find a resource to help you.