HELP FOR SENIORS
By 2035, 1 in 5 people in the world will be aged 65 or older. Many people may spend as much as 25% of their life in active retirement, seeking to maintain their independence and quality of life as long as possible. As we age, our physical and sensory capabilities change. With careful planning, we can make our wishes known to those who will care for us when we are less able to care for ourselves. For caregivers assisting a family member or another loved one whose physical or economic circumstances have changed rapidly, help is available.
- The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CAHNR) advocates for the individual and collective needs of long-term care residents. CAHNR provides a range of online publications designed to educate and empower consumers, including their Fact Sheets, Nursing Home Guide, Residential Care Guide, and Continuing Care Residential Communities. CANHR has the only State Bar certified, statewide Lawyer Referral Service designed to refer consumers to attorneys who specialize in estate planning for long term care, elder abuse and elder financial abuse issues. For more information, call (800) 474-1116.
- The California Department of Aging has a wealth of information about programs that benefit seniors and their caregivers. These services include Adult Day Care, Family Caregiver Support, Health Promotion, In-Home Supportive Care, Legal Assistance, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Multi-Purpose Senior Centers, Senior Community Employment, Special Assistance for Aging Veterans, and Supplemental Nutrition programs. To find services, search for Area Agencies on Aging - By County or call (800) 510-2020.
- The Los Angeles Department of Aging website is another excellent source of information for seniors and their caregivers. This agency connects people to statewide services, and may also include assistance with utility bills, home modifications, transportation, emergency responsive systems, assistive technologies, and access to special equipment and supplies. For more information, call (213) 482-7252 or search the site for programs and services. There is even a special section for family caregivers.
- The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates for the rights of seniors nationwide to access economic security and quality health. With the Affordable Care Act affecting millions of seniors, NSCLC is responding with trainings for health care, legal and other professionals who serve seniors and their families. For more information, call (213) 639-0930 or go to For Consumers.
Help for Caregivers
Bet Tzedek-The House of Justice is known internationally as an expert in Elder & Caregiver Law. For seniors and their caregivers, Bet Tzedek provides legal assistance on a range of issues, including Access to Health Care Funding and Programs, Advanced Healthcare Directives, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders Guardianships/Kinship Care, Housing, Identity Theft, In-Home Supportive Services, Limited and Probate Conservatorships, Public Benefits and more. Fore more information, call (323) 939-0506. Press “1” for Legal Help, then “4.”
- Bet Tzedek’s Consumer Guides cover a range of important topics. Guides can be downloaded for free or ordered by phone or mail for a small fee. Guide topics include the Assisted Living, Family Caregiver, Kinship Care Guide, Nursing Home Companion Guide and Transitions Guide. To order by phone, call (323) 939-0506. Choose “Publications” from the telephone menu.
- Bet Tzedek’s Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic provides free legal assistance to caregivers who wish to file a Limited Conservatorship for an impaired relative or to file a Probate Conservatorship for a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. For clinic information, call (323) 939-0506. Press “1,” then “4” and follow the prompts.
- Bet Tzedek’s Transitions Coalition Project is specially designed to meet the needs of aging parents who care for an adult, intellectually disabled child. Because such adult children may develop and progress rapidly through diseases like Alzheimer’s that do not strike the general population until much later in life, it is important for parents to plan ahead. For more information, call (323) 939-0506.
PREVENT ELDER ABUSE
To learn more about elder abuse including how to detect and prevent it, go to the California Department of Justice’s Citizen’s Guide to Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse.
If you think that you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, file a report with your local Adult Protective Services (APS) agency. For APS Los Angeles County, call (877) 477-3646. For APS Orange County, call (800) 451-5155. Otherwise, go to the APS County Contact Information.