Many resources are
Available to help seniors
In their own home.
Benefits Check-Up - NCOA
A Service of the National Council On the Aging
The NCOA believes
that benefits are important and useful tools to help seniors be
independent and healthy. NCOA works with national sponsors and
government agencies to offer this free service to anyone who wants to see
if they may be eligible for public programs and services.
is a 50-state (including the District of Columbia) online service to
provide public benefit screening. There are hundreds of programs that help
seniors in many ways. In fact there are more than 1,000 different benefit
programs listed in the BenefitsCheckUp database.
BenefitsCheckUp millions of
older adults who are eligible for benefits, but are not receiving
them. Ranging from health coverage to supplemental income
to help in paying utility bills, there are millions of older adults who
could benefit from a wide array of public programs if the knew about them
and how to apply for them.
Using BenefitsCheckUp means that you do not
have to spend hours of your time searching government agencies to learn
about the programs that match your circumstances. Go
to BenefitsCheckUp now and find out about programs that may help you stay
Multipurpose Senior Centers Can Help you
The Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSC) help seniors and their
families maintain and enhance their independent life styles.
The local MSC acts as a resource for many seniors, helping them gain
access to information and assistance. The MSC enriches seniors' lives and offers them opportunities for personal
growth through stimulating activities, involvement, support and
Geriatric professionals assess needs of frail clients, work with them
and their families to develop appropriate plans and assist them in
obtaining needed services and follow-up. They are
familiar with resources and housing available in your community.
Your MSC provide essential services to help maintain
independence at home such as transportation, meals on wheels and
The MSC Caregivers Support Groups help those who care for dependent loved
ones handle their conflicting emotions
and the demands on their time.
To review the list of comprehensive services offered by the MSCs,
please go to our MSC Services
Our Find a Multipurpose
Senior Center page can help you find an MSC close to you.
LILA - Living Independently in Los Angeles
Guide to Resources for People with Disabilities
LILA Project is a GIS-based interactive information and resource database. Sign-in
with a username and password to access this free resource guide
and the interactive maps.
According to LILA, over 2 million residents of Los Angeles County have some kind of
disability (using national percentages of 20.6% - County of LA statistical
data and U.S. Census Bureau, October 1999). Over 900,000 of them have
"significant" disabilities, by federal definitions, which means
one or more of their daily life activities is impacted by their
disabilities. Various governmental programs help many people living with
disabilities meet their daily independent living needs. Housing,
transportation, personal care assistance and financial subsidies all play
a critical role in the survival of people with disabilities.
Learning about and enrolling in programs like these is usually
complicated and difficult. The red tape and bureaucratic processes are
confusing and discouraging to those who seek to understand how relief
programs can apply to their personal situations. Easily locating survival
information and resources is usually not an option for individuals who are
not fully networked into the disability community. Meanwhile, demand for
support programs continues to grow at a rapid pace. Using information
technology as a tool to help remedy these needs is still not a widely used
or developed option. LILA hopes to help change
that for disabled and senior residents of Los Angeles County, their
families, caregivers and advocates. Go to
the LILA web site and register for this free information service.
for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living are non-residential, public-benefit
corporations to enable people with disabilities and seniors in the Los
Angeles community to live more independent, self supporting, and
satisfying lives. The Centers achieve this goal by providing a wide range
of services, including benefits and housing advocacy, peer counseling,
personal assistance services, independent living skills training, job
training and placement, and information and referral.
Center for Independent Living (WCIL)
12901 Venice Boulevard, West Los Angeles CA. 90066
Telephone: 310-390-3611; Fax: 310-390-4906
TDD: 310-398-2204; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Rehabilitation Services, Inc
3325 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 850
Central Los Angeles CA. 90010
Telephone: 213-427-9090; Fax: 213-427-0172
TDD: 213-427-0173; Email: email@example.com
Rehabilitation Services (CRS)
4716 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Bldg B Room 75, Los Angeles CA. 90022
Telephone: 323-266-0453; Fax: 323-266-7992
TDD: 323-266-3016; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Community Rehabilitation Services Downtown Office (CRS)|
675 S. Carondelet Street, Downtown Los Angeles CA. 90057
Telephone: 213-427-9090; Fax: 213-427-0172
To find more Independent Living Centers in California, please go to the
CFILC Online Directory.
The Braille Institute
The Braille Institute has been helping
people with vision loss for more than 75 years. All programs are free of
Sight loss affects every facet of a senior's life and little things can
become big obstacles. Braille Institute can help break down those barriers
and help you regain independence. With the support of Braille Institute,
seniors can continue to live a full and independent life.
Several free or low-cost transportation
programs are available to assist you:
|For meals, medical services, activities, etc...|
Your local Multipurpose
Senior Center can explain the various services and assist you.
According to LILA
(a free resource guide for people with
disabilities) more people than ever are using paratransit
services to assist them with their mobility. Access Services, Incorporated
(ASI), the LA County paratransit service, reported over 38,000 enrolled
riders in 1999, a growth of 5,000 users from 1998. As yet, there is not
an online registration process to assist applicants in obtaining
paratransit service. (If you have Adobe Acrobat, You can download
application form here and take it in person to your interview.) LILA
is working with County and City agencies to obtain and map up to date
information about access points to public buildings, no stopping zone
locations and other information of importance to ASI users when they book
care in your home. You no longer need to travel to your doctor's office
for appointments. Mobile Medicine Outreach offers medical care from a
personal physician at home.
National Association of Home Builders Research Center NAHBRC - For
The NAHBRC has been seeking innovative ideas
for senior-friendly housing addressing problems such as narrow doorways,
dangerous stairs, inaccessible kitchens and bathrooms.
For practical information about
aging-in-place including simple structural adaptations, helpful products
and related literature, visit the NAHBRC
Website Senior Resources.
If you are elderly, disabled or homebound with fixed or limited
income, you may qualify for FREE home safety and security services from
Home Care may provide a senior with the
assistance needed to remain at home and stay independent.
The Department of Social Services Adult Services
may provide these services for seniors who qualify for the program. In-Home
Supportive Services and Personal Care Services Program may also
allow a person you know and trust to provide home care for you.
For seniors who are not eligible for this program, many agencies are
available to provide home care services.
A word of caution: You
should be extremely careful when selecting private home care services.
Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend for experienced criminal
predators to attempt to place themselves in these positions of trust.
In addition to past employment checks and bonded
agencies, you might want to consider the agencies recommended by your
local Multipurpose Senior Center (MSC).
All MSCs have a relationship with one or more home care agencies. MSCs usually do not have commercial ties and may
give you a sincere referral based on their experience with the agency. If
a problem arises, the continuing relationship between the MSC and the
agency may be helpful to resolve a difficult situation. In most areas,
the MSC has established a close relationship with the local police
department. In the L.A. Metro Area, MSC Case Managers also meet on
regular basis with representatives from the City Attorney and the
District Attorney Elder Abuse Units. Our Find
an MSC page can help you find an MSC close to you.
A very relevant column written by Denise
Nelesen for the San Diego Elder Care Directory highlights the difficulties
of conducting a thorough background check of caregivers in California:
history can be mystery. "
The Older Women's Issues Committee of the Los
Angeles County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council has updated and
published Suggestions on How to Hire and
Supervise In-Home Help. The guide is available in English and Spanish.
Senior Services Program MSSP
The Multipurpose Senior Service Program (MSSP) sites provide social
and health case management for frail elderly clients who
are certifiable for placement in a nursing facility but who wish to
remain in the community. The goal of the program is to arrange for and
monitor the use of community services to
prevent or delay premature institutional placement of these
frail clients. The services must be provided at a cost lower than that
for nursing facility care.
MSSP is funded by the State of California Department of Aging and
the Federal Government. Under a federal Medicaid Home and
Community-Based, Long Term Care Services Waiver, the MSSP provides
comprehensive case management to assist frail elderly persons to
remain at home.
To find out more about the Multipurpose Senior Services Program,
please go to our MSSP page.
Linkages is for people who need help managing
their lives because of an accident, illness or other disability. The goal
of the program is to prevent or delay the premature or inappropriate
institutionalization of at risk, frail elderly and functionally impaired
adults 18 years of age and older.
Linkages is designed to be a "gap filler" by serving
individuals who are not eligible for other services. the program provides
case management as well as information and assistance regarding
appropriate community resources.
To find out more about the Linkages Program, please go to our Linkages
This is a good option to consider in
conjunction with home care if a caregiver is available in the evening.
Most Multipurpose Senior Centers (MSC) provide supervised daytime care for physically and
mentally limited seniors, including those with Alzheimer's disease
and other types of dementia, who benefit from organized activity and
socialization in a safe environment. Many MSC Day Care programs are
subsidized and most provide transportation. Your local MSC will also
be familiar with other resources in your community.
Our Find a Multipurpose
page can help you find an MSC close to you.
D.S.S. Community Care Licensing
regulates, inspects and investigates Adult Day Care Facilities.
A conservatorship is a court proceeding to
appoint a manager for the financial affairs or the personal care of a
person who is either physically or mentally unable to handle either or
This includes assessing what level of care an individual might need by
and physical condition,
to perform daily activities of living,
and need for socialization.
The Public Guardian and most private
conservatorship agencies strive to find a situation that maximizes a
client's independence and autonomy, including helping an individual remain
For more information, please go to our Conservatorship
Advocacy for people with disabilities
Clearinghouse is a nationwide network dedicated to free
people with disabilities from institutions to live in the