There are sixteen Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Colorado and they provide an important role in assisting older adults in accessing local aging programs and developing community based service plans. The AAAs maximize private and public resources to ensure that essential services are available for the minority, frail, rural and low-income older adults to help them remain in their homes. Five broad categories that AAAs provide or fund services in are:
- Funding for community-based services such as adult day care, transportation and senior meal programs
- Elder Rights including assistance for persons 60+ with financial and legal concerns and ombudsman services for residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities
- Information and Assistance to access community resources and services
- In-home services such as Meals-on-Wheels, food shopping, housekeeping, home modification and personal care
- Support for family and informal caregivers, including educational opportunities and offering respite. Respite is a short break from caregiving responsibilities.
To locate your local Area Agency on Aging that serves your county call Eldercare Locator
Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116. Speak with an Information Specialist Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 8:00PM ET and they can connect you with the Area Agency on Aging that serves your area.
More about Support Services Funded by Area Agencies on Aging
Supportive Services funded by Area Agencies on Aging provide services that assist older adults in maintaining independence in the community. The most common supportive services include:
- Transportation – This is one of the most common needs expressed by older 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. Door-to-door transportation is available in some areas.
- Outreach – Outreach programs use door-to-door canvassing and extensive public announcements to familiarize people with available services. Outreach also identifies homebound or isolated people in need of services.
- Information and Assistance – Area Agencies on Aging connect older adults, families and community agencies to available services. Anyone, regardless of age, may contact their local Area Agency on Aging for information on services and resources available in the community for individuals 60 and over.
- Care Coordination – These 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.
- In-home Services – Services such as homemaking, chore services 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 – Home health care provides a variety of services in the patient’s home, under the direction of a physician.
- Friendly Visitors and Telephone Reassurance – Personal or telephone contact is provided for older adults who are home-bound or live alone. Besides developing friendships, volunteer visitors have the ability to identify needs of the individual as they occur and notify those who can help them.