How to Access Services
Now that you know a bit about the wide variety of assistive services and residences available to you, it might seem overwhelming. Even knowing the areas where you could use some assistance is not the whole story -- now you must develop the skills necessary to access those services. The best plan is simply to ask anyone you can think of -- and then ask some more!
Fortunately, there are a great many professionals who are eager to assist you.
Once you begin to understand the many services available to you, you will wonder about managing the cost of those services. The same principles apply here as in your search for quality services: Ask the right questions.
One important resource available to you is your county's benefits specialist. The benefits specialist provides assistance at no cost to residents age 60 and over with benefit and entitlement programs such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medical Assistance, Food Stamps, and the Community Options Program.
Services offered include information about eligibility criteria and assistance in applying for an entitlement, assistance in receiving benefits, and information about covered services or appealing denials and terminations.
Benefit specialists also may refer you to community resources such as area coalitions and senior centers, housing options and other legal services. Contact your county's benefits specialist through the county commission (or other unit) on aging.
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Go to Senior-Specific Residences
Go to Stay Organized
Go to Making the Transition
Go to The Not-for-Profit Choice
Go to a listing of the not-for-profit facilities and services that are members of WAHSA.
Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI 53703 USA