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Community-Based Services for Seniors
There are a variety of community-based programs and services that can help senior citizens live safely and comfortably at home. The descriptions below explain the key types of programs and services available, and where to get more information about them. For county-specific information, contact the Senior Information and Assistance Program in your local area by calling 1-800-510-2020, or visiting https://www.aging.ca.gov/ProgramsProviders/AAA/AAA_Listing.aspx. The Senior Information and Assistance Program is the key resource to access all the services described in this fact sheet. CANHR also has a list of basic resources for each county in California.
Case management (sometimes referred to as “care management” or “coordination”) links persons to needed services through assessment, planning and monitoring.
Publicly funded programs include:
Private services may be provided by:
Personal Care Services
Home Health & Hospice
These services are provided by certified Home Health Agencies. Medicare, Medi-Cal and long-term care insurance may pay for these services if prescribed by a doctor and considered medically necessary. Some Home Health Agencies participate in the Nursing Facility (NF) Waiver Program, and provide nursing home level of care in a person’s home with funding from Medi-Cal.
Caregiver/Dementia Related Services
The focus is on family caregivers providing information, counseling, peer support groups and respite care.
Call the Senior Information and Assistance Program at (800) 510-2020 for availability of programs in your county. There are recommended donation amounts for these services.
Contact the council of churches or hospitals.
Transportation is one of the most needed and least available services, especially if a person needs to be accompanied, not just dropped off and picked up.
Bill-paying services are sometimes offered as part of publicly funded case management programs. Some non-profits offer bill paying or representative payee services for a fee. If a person lacks cognitive capacity, there are both public (i.e.,Office of the Public Guardian) and private conservators.
Page Last Modified: April 24, 2019