CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Federal website, agency helps seniors and their families, caregivers

2013-10-26T00:00:00Z CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Federal website, agency helps seniors and their families, caregiversJoseph Pellicciotti Times Columnist nwitimes.com
October 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Eldercare Locator, www.eldercare.gov, is a website designed to offer information to seniors, their families, and the caregivers of older adults.

The site is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging.

Through the website, older Americans can connect with information on senior services, including those available in their particular communities.

The goal of this service “is to help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible.”

Topical information available through the site includes, for example, information on financial assistance and food and nutritional services for older Americans, material on healthy aging, practical data on senior housing and home repair options, and information related to in-home services, long-term care and nursing home facilities, transportation assistance, and volunteerism.

For those more comfortable speaking to a person, Eldercare Locator can be called between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at (800) 677-1116.

Spanish-speaking information specialists are available at the same toll-free number, as well as “language interpretation service for 150 languages.”

Assisting caregivers, as well as the elderly, is a special focus at the website.

Information also is available to help caregivers find services in their communities. Caregivers can find general information on caregiver training, support groups, respite care, and limited-basis, supplemental services.

Opinions are solely the writer's. Joseph Pellicciotti is a lawyer, professor and vice chancellor at Indiana University Northwest.

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