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Support Services

Supportive Services provides the following services to allow seniors to maintain independence in the community.

 

  • Transportation is one of the most common needs expressed by elderly Coloradans. Senior transportation programs make it possible for individuals who do not drive, or whose physical condition prohibits them from using public transportation, to obtain rides for essential trips, such as medical appointments, business errands, shopping and senior activities such as congregate meals. Door-to-door transportation is available in some areas.
  • Outreach through door-to-door canvassing, extensive public announcements or other means, is a way to familiarize people to available services. Outreach also identifies homebound or isolated people in need of services. Once consumers are identified, assistance is provided in receiving appropriate services.
  • Information and Assistance connects older persons, families, and community agencies to available services. Anyone, regardless of age, may contact the Area Agency on Aging for information on services and resources available in the community for individuals 60 and over.
  • Assisted Transportation provides support for older people with limited mobility to obtain needed transportation. Assisted transportation includes, accompanying elderly individuals to doctor's appointments or assisting the consumer in running daily errands.
  • Legal Assistance services are legal advice, counseling, and limited representation provided to assist eligible individuals in promotion of financial management, assistance in understanding their rights, exercising choices, and benefitting from services and opportunities authorized by law.
  • Care Coordination services are aimed at providing a single access point in the community to receive services. Drawing upon a variety of resources, the care coordinator meets with the individual, assesses his or her needs, and develops a service plan to meet those needs. Once services begin, a care coordinator can provide follow-up to assure that needed services are being provided appropriately.
  • In-Home Services such as homemaking and personal care are available to individuals who are homebound due to illness, have functional limitations in activities of daily living, or have a disability.
  • Home Health Care provides a variety of services in the patient's home, under the direction of a physician.
  • Chore Service is available to persons who are physically unable to perform tasks, such as heavy cleaning, minor repair or yard work.
  • Friendly Visitors and Telephone Reassurance provide personal or telephone contact for older persons who are homebound or live alone. Usually a volunteer provides the service. Besides developing friendships, perhaps a more important aspect of these programs is the volunteer's ability to identify needs of the individual as they occur and notify those who can help