Whether you are an older adult yourself, or a caregiver concerned about the well- being and independence of an older adult, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) are ready to help. AAA in communities across the region plan, coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their home – if that is their preference – aided by services such as Meals-on-Wheels, homemaker assistance and whatever else it may take to make independent living a viable option. By making a range of options available, AAA make it possible for older individuals to choose the services and living arrangement that suit them best.
NCPDD offer programs that make a difference in the lives of all older adults … from the frail older person who can remain at home if they receive the right services to those who are healthy and can benefit from the activities and socialization provided by community-based programs such as senior centers.
AAA were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of Americans aged 60 and over in every local community. The OAA also helps fund Native American aging programs, known as “Title VI,” to meet the unique needs of older American Indians, Aleuts, Eskimos and Hawaiians.
The services available through AAA and Title VI agencies fall into five broad categories: information and access services, community-based services, in-home services, housing and elder rights. Within each category a range of programs is available.
A three-part service, which ensures continuity of client care. The three components are:
- Comprehensive Assessment of Needs
- Service Plan
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Progress
This service enables persons to travel to and from community agencies or establishments to obtain needed services or goods.
Hot, nutritionally balanced meals are served in a congregate setting to eligible persons five days a week. This program reaches far beyond the well-balanced meals. They find fellowship and friendship, sharing memories and hopes with people like themselves.
Elder Rights Protection Activities
This program deals with Elder Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, Ombudsmen, Outreach, Counseling, and Assistance.
Home Delivered Meals
A home delivered meal is a nutritionally balanced meal delivered to the home of persons unable to leave his/her home without assistance. Persons who are homebound and receiving case management are given first priority for home delivered meals
Homemaker services assist functionally impaired older persons with personal and home care when the individual normally responsible is unable to assist or is temporarily absent. A trained homemaker provides basic house cleaning, essential shopping, food planning and preparation.
Information, Referral, and Assistance
Information, referral, and assistance services provide current facts about resources in the community and connect individuals with the most appropriate agency to obtain needed help. The service is coordinated with a variety of public and private organization in the community.
Legal Services are those which assist clients to become aware of and protect their civil and legal rights. This is accomplished through the service of attorneys or legal paraprofessionals.
Long Term Care Alternatives
A program of information, education, and referral to Medicaid beneficiaries and applicants about their alternatives to nursing facility care.
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Ombudsman services are those that relate to the well being of institutionalized elderly persons. Services include investigation and resolution of complaints, advocacy, and development of programs to ensure the quality of life for residents of long-term care facilities.
Mississippi Insurance Counseling & Assistance
This program provides information, counseling, and assistance relating to medicare, medicaid, medicare supplemental policies, long term care insurance and other health insurance benefits.
National Family Caregiver Support Program
The NFCSP (Respite Care) provides temporary relief time for the primary caregiver (spouse, child, relatives) of an ill, infirmed, functionally impaired older individual or dementia patient that requires constant in-home care.
Senior Community Service Employment
Useful part-time opportunities in community service employment are provided, fostered, and promoted for low-income persons, aged 55 or older. Designed to assist and promote the transition of enrollees to private or other unsubsidized employment, to the extent feasible.