National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging works to improve the lives of older adults every day through resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy. Call them to get connected to your local Area Agency on Aging, which can help find services in your community. They also have info on:
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Food and nutrition
- Utility assistance
United Way (211)
United Way is an international nonprofit of volunteers with just one goal: to improve people’s lives. Call them to get connected with a community resource specialist who can put you in touch with local organizations that have more services. They’ll have info on:
- Food and nutrition
- Housing and utilities
- Emergency and disaster relief
- Employment and education
- Veterans services
- Vaccinations and epidemics
- Addiction prevention and rehabilitation
- Reentry for ex-offenders
- Mental health and special needs
- Domestic abuse
Mom’s Meals delivers refrigerated meals that are nutritious and inexpensive. They offer different menus tailored to different health conditions. And you can choose the meals and the deliveries.
- May be free for people covered under Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS), or the Older Americans Act.
- $6.99 per meal for everyone else.
Homestyle Direct delivers refrigerated or frozen meals that are healthy and inexpensive. And they don’t have any restrictions based on age, location, dietary limitations, or disabilities.
- May be free for people covered under Medicaid.
- $6.95 per meal for everyone else.
Meals on Wheels America
We’re sure you’ve heard of this one! Meals on Wheels delivers meals through a community of volunteers. They hand-deliver every meal and do a quick health and safety check at the same time. You can also visit their community locations, like senior centers, if you’re interested in meeting people and socializing.
- Payment is on a sliding scale, based on need.
Eldercare Locator is a public service from the US Administration on Aging that puts you in touch with services in your community. Call them to get connected to your local Area Agency on Aging. They can help you identify local referrals for home care services.
LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
LIHEAP helps eligible, low-income households with heating and cooling costs, bill
payments, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs. Call them for more information, or for help applying for benefits. Just note:
- You must be in need of financial assistance with home energy costs.
- You may be automatically eligible if you or a family member participates in programs such as SNAP, SSI, or TANF.
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of this one, too! But there’s a reason to take a second look. Eligibility varies from state to state, and many states have expanded their programs. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for Medicaid, you should apply anyway.
- Visit HealthCare.gov to take a quick screening to help you determine your eligibility for Medicaid/CHIP or other health insurance options.
- You might be eligible depending on your household income, family size, age, disability, and other factors.
- To be eligible for full benefits, you must be a US citizen, a US national, or have a satisfactory immigration status.We put together a list of our top national resources that we like and use all the time. Not sure where to turn when you need a little help? This is a great place to start. Many of these resources can even put you in touch with local organizations that have more services based on your specific location.