Happy New Year and welcome to Age Well’s regular feature in Vermont Maturity! Age Well staff and volunteers have been busy as ever providing wraparound services to help older adults in Northwestern Vermont age with confidence and dignity. Keep reading to learn more about some of Age Well’s free services provider to Vermonters 60 years of age and older.
Have a question, just call our toll-free, confidential Helpline at 800-642-5119. Your call will be answered by one of our friendly, professional, and certified staff.
Our Helpline is the aging resource in Vermont for information and assistance. When individuals, family members, and caregivers call the Helpline they are often relieved that the phone is answered by someone who understands the problem and can offer real-time solutions. The Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. After hours, please leave a message on the Helpline and we will reach out to you during our business hours. If there is an emergency, please call 911.
Topics of expertise include:
- Adult day programs
- Caregiver support
- Choices for Care
- Home health and in-home services
- HomeMeds medication assessment
- Housing and transportation
- Legal services
- Long-term care services
- Meals on Wheels and community meal programs
- Medicare and other health insurance
- Mental health services
- Nursing and residential facilities
- Prescription assistance programs
- Senior centers
- SSI and Social Security
- Support groups
Care coordination enables individuals to access services and benefits that ensure their independence and enhance their quality of life.
Age Well’s Case Managers provide the following services for individuals and caregivers:
- Assistance with applications for 3SquaresVT, Medicaid, Fuel Assistance, pharmacy programs, SSI, Medicare, supplemental insurance, housing options, and other benefit programs
- Assessments for in-home care services, durable medical equipment, home modifications, adaptive equipment, and Meals on Wheels
- Referrals for nutritional assessments, depression or grief counseling, and volunteers/Senior Companions for friendly visits
- Options for long-term care services in their homes and elsewhere
- Help with completing healthcare and financial powers of attorney documents
- Information about support groups, caregiver training programs, and respite services in the community
- Access to Options Counselors to explore alternatives for care and eligibility criteria for long-term care
- Support with making decisions about the care needed to help family members in-home and residential settings
Case Managers maintain regular contact with individuals to monitor services and assess additional needs. They have established effective, collaborative partnerships with community organizations, providers, and state agencies to better serve the needs of older adults. As important decisions or changes arise, we connect you with the necessary resources to make informed decisions.
Whether you are a family member or professional, we will create a cohesive support system, administering the best care possible while keeping the client at home, where they want to be.
Meals on Wheels, Community Meals, & Restaurant Ticket Program
For individuals who have trouble getting around or preparing their own food, we deliver the meal to you with Meals on Wheels. For those able to venture out, we serve in over 70 gathering places and restaurants throughout Northwestern Vermont, providing an opportunity to stay connected to your community, enjoying a prepared meal with friends and neighbors.
Age Well’s popular restaurant ticket program allows for a more intimate outing at many local restaurants. Older adults can make a $5 donation to receive a ticket to dine at one of the participating establishments. Note: Tickets do not include gratuity.
Tickets are available at the Age Well office at 875 Roosevelt Hwy, Ste. 210 in Colchester or you can call 802-662-5200 for more information.
For more information on Age Well’s services, volunteering, and other ways to give back call the Helpline at 800-642-5119 or go online to AgeWellVT.org.
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