Organizations that Lend a Helping Hand
While at times being a caregiver may seem like an isolating job, you should not have to go it alone. And fortunately there are numerous resources available to aid both you and your loved one. While there are hundreds of organizations in operation to help the elderly, here are just a few to get you started:
• Nutrition.gov lists nationwide food assistance programs for the elderly including the food and nutrition service which provides incentives to states for the effective delivery of nutritious meals to older adults, the Seniors’ Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Elderly Nutrition Program.
• Meals on Wheels is America’s oldest and largest national organization for local, community-based Senior Nutrition programs. Located in all 50 states, Meals on Wheels’ mission is to make sure no senior goes hungry.
• Eldercare Locator is a public service that aids in finding local agencies in the U.S. that can help caregivers and the elderly access home and community-based services. All you have to do is enter your ZIP code to explore anything from assisted living facilities to caregiver support services.
• BenefitsCheckUp.org provides information for the elderly regarding their eligibility for benefits from existing federal, state and local programs. Benefits range from heating and energy assistance to income supplements.
• GovBenefits.gov hosts information on government programs your care receiver can utilize.
• The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) assists qualified low-income and elderly Americans with utility payments for the winter months. Each state receives federal funds which they then dole out. LIHEAP usually sends the payments directly to the utility company, making the program extremely convenient. Apply early as LIHEAP is on a first come-first serve basis.
Caregiving is a big responsibility and sometimes a daunting task. Take advantage of these resources!