How to Search Available Connecticut Senior Services for
Your Aging Parents

Connecticut senior services cover a wide range of options. It's important to explore what's available as you continue conversations with your aging parents about the future. Knowing what's possible will help your plans for financial, health and housing futures be more creative.

The CT State Attorney General's Office continues to update information for the protection of older adults. The Senior Issues Page provides information on current scams and fraud alerts -- such as the driveway paving scam, driving accident scams, or telemarketing fraud.

Department of Social Services - Aging Services Division:

Programs Serving Older Adults

Provides a wide range of programs from Aging Services Division, Caregiving, Employment, Health Insurance, Housing Options -- like a Homeshare program for matching single senior adults who have a home or don't want to live alone or Reverse Annuity Mortgages.

Other Connecticut senior services include:

  • Cash Assistance - programs for help with medical or basic living expenses
  • Connecticut Energy Assistance Program - offers heating assistance during the winter
  • Connecticut Home Care Program - CHCPE helps eligible clients continue living at home instead of going to a nursing home.
  • ConnPACE - helps older adults and people with disabilities afford the cost of most prescription medicines as well as insulin and insulin syringes
  • ConnTRANS- gives help for the costs related to having a transplant
  • Elder Abuse - Social Work: Connecticut senior services provide social workers on staff in 12 regional offices and a Central Office that provide direct social work services to eligible State citizens. Direct Service Social Work Programs include:

    Acquired Brain Injury Waiver/Community Based Services/Conservator of Person/Conservator of Estate/Family Social Work Services/Family Support Grant/Guaranteed Security Deposit/Individual Services/Long Term Care Investigations/Personal Care Assistance Waiver/Protective Services for the Elderly

  • Food Banks - The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)distributes food from the federal government to eligible food banks, food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens that serve meals and provide household distribution. These commodities include items such as canned vegetables, fruits, meat, cereals, etc.
  • Food Stamps - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people to buy and eat nutritious food. The modern program was set up in 1971, and underwent a name change from Food Stamps to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in October of 2008.
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman - operates in 3 regions, Northern, Western, Southern. Volunteer Resident Advocate Program. Community volunteers are trained by Ombudsman staff in resident’s rights, problem solving, interviewing skills, negotiating, working with nursing home staff, and the health care system. Also, they provide a non-medical transportation program to assist nursing home residents in need of social transportation.
  • Medicaid - The Department provides medical assistance to low income persons and people who could otherwise support themselves if not for the fact that they have excessive health care costs. both state and federally funded programs are provided.
  • Protective Services - This program is designed to safeguard people 60 years and older from physical, mental and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment and/or financial abuse and exploitation.

    Aging and Disability Resource Centers

    In the South Central Region and Western Region. They provide Community Choices call centers if you don't know where to go for help, believe you have incorrectly been denied benefits, have a service complaint or need information and/or assistance about these Connecticut senior services:

  • community resources
  • options counseling
  • referrals for employment assistance
  • referrals for care management
  • help planning for the future

    Area Agencies on Aging

    Click the link above for a map and links to the 5 regions: Eastern, Western, North Central, South Central and Southwestern. You will find a page that lists the towns served in each region as well as the contact information.

    Each AAA receives Federal Older Americans Act (Title III) funds and State funds that are allocated to Connecticut senior services providers through a request for proposal process. AAAs fund the following services:

    1. Social Services
    2. Nutritional Services
    3. Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Services
    4. Family Caregivers Support Services
    5. Adult Day Care Aide Positions (to provide day care services to victims of Alzheimers’s Disease and related dementia).

    Guide to Services for Senior Citizens of Connecticut

    A downloadable comprehensive guide to senior programs and services in Connecticut. PDF file. 60 pp. FREE.

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