How to Search Available Delaware Senior Services for Your Aging Parents
Delaware senior services offer a comprehensive range of programs to
support you in the care of your aging parents. Even if your elderly
parents don't need to take advantage of these offerings yet, it's
important to begin to explore the possibilities.
Publications, resources, transportation, housing and meal programs are available. Knowing about
these and talking about them in advance will help you make the best
future decisions with and for your parents.
State of Delaware -
Service and Programs for Aging Population
Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Advocacy - The
Adult Protective Service (APS) Program responds to cases of suspected
abuse, neglect, or exploitation of impaired adults. Specifically, the
program serves persons who are aged 18 or over, who have a physical or
mental impairment, and who are not living in a long term care facility
(for example, a nursing home). The APS program is staffed by trained
social workers who provide assistance. Delaware senior services also
have programs that monitor long term care facilities.
State of Delaware
Senior Citizen Affordable Taxi (SCAT)
- The SCAT program provides a 50% discount on taxi fares for senior citizens and persons with disabilities Adult Day Services - Adult Day Services provides activities
and assistance for people with physical and/or mental impairments. This
service is for people who do not need 24-hour services in a nursing
home, but who cannot be left alone for long periods of time. For
example, a person may use adult day services while his or her primary
caregiver (such as a family member) is at work. Adult day service
centers are located in all three counties and are staffed by trained
professionals. There is a similar program for adults with Ahlzheiver's
Assistive Devices, Specialized Equipment, Other services
- Assistive devices are pieces of equipment that allow people with
disabilities to function more independently. Some examples of assistive
devices include kitchen utensils with large grips, seats for the shower
or bath, wheelchairs, and specialized computers. The Division of
Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities has funds
available for persons with disabilities to buy or rent new or used
There are also funds and assistance
for home modifications, such as wheel chair ramps. Finally, Delaware
senior services include an Emergency Repsonse System. A senior citizen
at high risk can be equipped with a button to push to get immediate help
in case of emergency. Caregiver Support
- Adult Day services, Eldercare in the workplace program to provide
people in businesses information on eldercare services in the community.
Respite care is a program that provides relief to primary caregivers,
such as family members, who give 24-hour-a-day care to someone in need.
Care giver support groups and Employment Training and Education
- The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides
part-time employment opportunities for eligible persons. Jobs available
through the program take place at various locations and are subsidized
(paid for by the program). The program also provides its participants
with supportive services, training, and help with finding outside
Health Services and Medical Assistance - Medicaid Long Term Care options, medicare beneficiary assistance and prescription assistance.
- Adult Foster Care and Assisted Living. Adult Foster Care is a housing
option for individuals who need some supervision and can no longer
remain in their own homes. Support for residents of Assisted Living
includes personal services and light medical or nursing care.
In-Home Services/Personal Care
- Delaware senior services offer home delivered meals, housekeeping,
personal care services and Emergency Response System program devices.
Respite care to relieve family caregivers can also be provided in the
home in some circumstances.
Information and Assistance/Case Coordination - Case management is available to help connect elders with Delaware senior services that will benefit them.
- provided by lawyers and paralegals to assist Delaware residents who
are 60 years of age or older in matters related to the legal system
including advice, negotiation, representation, and drafting and
processing of legal documents.
- Participants in the Congregate Meal program have the opportunity to
socialize while enjoying nutritionally balanced meals. Provided daily in
places like senior centers. Food stamps are also available for those
low income who qualify.
- Persons 60 years old and older who have no other means of
transportation to get to physicians, clinics, or other health care
facilities in New Castle County can get transportation to health care
State of Delaware -
Publications and Forms
Guide Books/Directories - guide book of all
Delaware senior services and programs. Also contains a comprehensive
list of organizations that serve senior citizens. Available in English
Advance Directives and Living Wills - Download Delaware's advance directive forms and information. In both English ans Spanish
Caregiver Information - List of caregiver resources, tips and training
Long Term Care Information - How to select long term care, rights in choosing care options, assisted living programs. Both English and Spanish.
Health & Wellness Information - Tips on fitness and making smart health care decisions
Fraud, Abuse, Exploitation Information/Crime Prevention Information - How to protect elders from crime and fraud
Free Resources for Delaware Caregivers
The Comfort of Home - This book is a step-by-step,
illustrated guide to home care which offers friendly advice and ideas to
help with everyday activities associated with caregiving at home.
The Family Caregiver Health Guide
- This guide helps the caregiver keep track of health services and
information for the older family member in their care, or it can be used
to track their own health. It assists the caregiver in recording,
locating, and organizing important information such as emergency
contacts, medications, family history, medical visits, and physician's
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