At Home Care Assistance of Annapolis, it’s our mission to support seniors during their journey of aging, while also acting as a resource and support system for their families. While we are always here to help, there are many local organizations that can offer assistance as well. One of our favorites is the Office for the Aging, also known as Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). They are private, service-oriented non-profits funded by the government. Created and regulated by the 1965 Older Americans Act, these community organizations serve people age 60 and older at a county or multi-county level.
While you may not have heard of them, AAAs play a major role in helping families across the nation get help with issues related to getting older. In many communities, the AAA can be an invaluable tool for older adults, their families and caregivers and we believe it’s a must-know resource for anyone involved in elder care in Annapolis.
Each Office for the Aging intends to be the definitive information resource for seniors and caregivers in the region it serves. Your AAA should have updated and exhaustive information on everything from local assisted living and in-home care services in your community. Offices can also help with setting up Social Security benefits or accessing other public assistance. They typically provide personalized need evaluations at no cost.
Free or Low-Cost Services
Although the specific mix of services offered by each AAA varies, all provide assistance in the form of:
- Legal aid
- Nutrition education and food provision
- Preventative health care access
- Disease prevention education
- Access to local modes of transportation
- Caregiver support
Some AAAs also provide additional services like home energy assistance, foster grandparenting, paratransit, and more.
Health, Safety, Dignity and Independence
To learn how to help seniors and caregivers thrive, there is no better place to begin your info-gathering mission. You just might find what you need is completely free and readily available in your neighborhood. Pay your local Office for the Aging a visit to see what they offer folks like you. You can find the Area Agency on Aging nearest you through the National Association of AAAs.
And if you’re interested in learning more about in-home care and support for older adults, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance of Annapolis today. While we are recognized as Annapolis’ trusted live-in care provider, we provide custom one-to-one care on an hourly basis for seniors who need support with daily activities such as cooking, light housekeeping, mobility, transportation and more. Call 443-302-2771 for more information or to schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation where you can meet one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers in person and get to know us a little better. We look forward to hearing from you!