Community Resources for Veterans and Caregivers

Community Resources for Veterans and Caregivers

Are you a veteran or caregiver in need of resources in the community for help with daily activities, healthcare, transportation, and other services? Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) can help you identify long-term supports and services in your community. Often, these centers are located within your local “Agency on Aging”.

 

Below is information from the Veterans Health Administration on Aging and Disability Resource Centers and how to find one near you.

 

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

 

Caregivers of veterans sometimes feel overwhelmed as they look for services and supports from the community to help care for a loved-one. Fortunately, there is a community organization that can help simplify this process — Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). ADRCs, a collaborative effort of the U.S. Administration on Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are single points of entry for people looking for long-term supports and services for older adults, people with disabilities, and their Caregivers. With a single contact with the ADRC, a caregiver can receive accurate information and be connected to many different long term services and supports.

 

As of October 2013, 514 ADRCs operate in 52 states and territories. Many of these reside within local Area Agencies on Aging or Centers for Independent Living. ADRC staff are experts in public and private programs within their communities. They provide objective information, advice, counseling, and assistance to empower people to make informed decisions about their long-term services and support. Many agencies also assist with enrollment and eligibility, nursing home diversions, and transitions from hospitals and nursing homes.

 

You can find your local ADRC through the following link: http://www.adrc-tae.acl.gov/

 

For more information about programs for veterans and caregivers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, please see the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Guide to Long Term Care for veterans as well as our blog posts on Aid and Attendance and a warning on Pension Poaching.