Resources for Seniors
There are a variety of organizations that provide assistance and help to seniors. The below organizations are among ones often investigated by seniors. In the interests of providing information to seniors, HealthPocket has assembled some overviews of these organizations. Inclusion of a resource does not imply endorsement by HealthPocket.
National Elder Law Foundation
The National Elder Law Foundation does not provide services directly to seniors but does help lawyers working with the elderly. Specifically, the National Elder Law Foundation is an organization that provides certification to attorneys in legal issues associated with the elderly population. The National Elder Law Foundation also has an online tool to assist seniors in identifying a Certified Elder Law Attorney.
In order to be certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), a lawyer must:
- Have practiced law for at least 5 years and focused at least half of their practice in the elder law or special needs law for a minimum of the last 3 of those years
- Have demonstrated "substantial involvement" within elder law legal practice
- Pass the National Elder Law Foundation exam
- Pass a peer review by peers that evaluates the attorney’s reputation for ethical and competent representation in elder law and special needs planning matters
You can learn more about Elder Law at their web site.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Seniors Helping Seniors is a franchise that matches seniors who want to provide compassionate help with other seniors who need home care services. The company was founded in 1998 and has franchises in over 200 regions across the U.S..
Services provided include:
- Light housekeeping
- Transportation assistance
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia care
- Assistance with daily errands
You can learn more about Seniors Helping Seniors at their corporate web site.
The government providers an online elder care locator service where seniors can research assistance. Categories of assistance include:
- Adult Day Program
- Elder Abuse Prevention
- Financial Assistance
- Food and Nutrition
- In-Home services
- Legal Assisance
- Long-Term Care
- Nursing Homes
- Volunteering opportunities
The Eldercare Locator is a web site run by the Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects seniors and their caregivers with information on senior services.
You can learn more at the Eldercare Locator here
“Elder Services” is a generic term used to refer to those programs and assistance targeting the senior population. Seniors interested in these services may want to refer to the Eldercare Locator.