The following is a sampling of resources within Arizona – from food and energy assistance to volunteer agencies. We hope you find these resources helpful.
HELP Line 24 hour Senior HELP Line: 602-264-4357
Area Agency on Aging, Phoenix Metro Area
This agency can provide information on services for family members and seniors 60+, such as meals at home, congregate meals, socialization, respite care, caregiver training and support groups, adult day care, personal care, lifeline emergency response and other care services. The Phoenix Chapter is called Region One. www.aaaphx.org
Arizona Attorney General’s Elder Affairs Program: 602-542-2124
Arizona Long Term Care: 602-417-6000
Dept of Economic Security Aging and Adult Administration: 602-542-4446
Maricopa County Public Fiduciary: 602-506-5804
National Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116
Administration on Aging: 602-262-7379
Arizona Senior Referral Service: 602-841-9236
Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers Program (VICAP): 602-285-0543
Senior Corps Senior Companion Program: 602-262-6899
Widowed Persons Service: 480-893-3137
Energy Resource – City of Phoenix Pace Program: 602-262-6631
Energy Resource – Utility & Telephone Discount Program: 602-542-6600
Food Stamps Assistance Program: 602-542-9935
Food Resource – Salvation Army: 480-833-8322
Food Resource – Mt Calvary Baptist Church: 480-899-3520
Food Resource – Paz De Cristo (Not Fridays): 480-464-2370
Food Resource – Assoc of Arizona Food Banks: 1-800-445-1914
Food Resource – St. Mary’s Food Bank: 602-352-3640
Food Resource – St. Vincent De Paul (Not Fridays): 602-254-3338
Long Term Care
The federal long term care insurance program.
A national network of chapters committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.
The National Parkinson Foundation website provide resources for patients and caregivers.
This site includes information on all cardiovascular diseases, their warning signs, and prevention.
National Stroke Association’s site provides information on stroke prevention, stroke risk factors, and stroke symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention details how to identify elderly who are at risk for falls, and how to prevent falls in those individuals.
The National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy.
This website is the leading resource on mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the lungs that is primarily caused by asbestos exposure.
Arizona Living Well Institute (evidence based healthy living workshops)
FINDING ANSWERS IN HOMECARE
What Kind of Home Care is Needed?
Caring for a senior or someone with a chronic illness can be a difficult and confusing road – from navigating the red tape of insurance and Medicare reimbursement to deciding on the most appropriate place to live.
Click here for information on the types of care available.
How Do You Pay for Home Care?
Who will pay for the home care services needed and how does this work? This can be the most difficult aspect of arranging home care, and it is often the ultimate decision maker.
Click here for information on how to pay for home care services in Arizona.
Warning Signs that Care at Home May be Needed
Frequently, when elderly loved ones need some help to stay at home, they won’t admit it. Others may also be unaware when someone simply cannot take care of himself or the household.
It is important to be aware of and watch for the signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed in order to provide a safe home environment for aging loved ones.
Click here for warning signs that care me be needed.
Options to Pay for Care
The demographics of our aging society coupled with the increased longevity of those currently older than 80 means that more boomers will be responsible, in part, for assisting with paying for care for their parents.
Click here for options to pay for care.
Making the Home Safe for Aging in Place
An increasing number of seniors are choosing to age in place. Only 4.5% of seniors are now living in nursing homes. Over 80% of seniors who need long-term care are receiving it in their own homes. Seniors not only can be comfortable and well cared for, but safe in their own homes.
Click here for options for making the home safe for Aging in Place.
Staying in a familiar place increases the feeling of independence for many, and having a safe and well-equipped environment makes aging in place more convenient for seniors and their families.