Need Help Accessing Care? - Caring Across Generations

Need Help Accessing Care?

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Need help accessing care for an older adult, disabled person, or yourself? Here’s how to get started.

  • Try the Eldercare Locator.
    This is a free tool that connects you to support in your community (transportation, housing, legal aid, etc.) and your local Area Agency on Aging. Visit eldercare.acl.gov or call 1-800-677-1116
  • What’s an Area Agency on Aging?
    These agencies offer services like adult day care, caregiver training, respite care, and support groups, they can also help you apply for programs like Medicare & Medicaid.
  • Pro tip: These programs can also connect you to care resources for people under 65.

Medicare and Medicaid

These programs can provide *some* support to people who give and receive care. So what’s the difference?

  • Medicare is for adults 65+ and those with certain disabilities. It covers doctors appointments, prescription medications, and palliative care.
  • Medicaid is for low-income people and disabled people. Unlike Medicare, it provides long-term care, including home care, but has strict income limits and long waiting lists for some services.
  • Visit medicare.gov & medicaid.gov for more info.

Other support resources

  • Health Organizations
    • Condition-specific organizations can provide info and connect you with support groups. Try searching the internet for the name of the health condition plus the word “association,” “foundation,” or “organization.”
  • Support Groups
    • Ask medical professionals, friends, family, and caregivers close to you if they know of any online or in-person support groups. You can also search the internet and social media for groups in your local community.

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