Unlike childcare, where one generally has the maternity months to look into various options, elder care responsibilities can arise out of the blue. Having a senior family member who requires your assistance will take time and planning. Below are websites that can assist you in finding services that may be helpful.
You may be looking for just one or two services, such as transportation and meal assistance options, or you may be looking at more complicated issues such as assisting a family member who has Alzheimer's or dementia. In any event, it is also important to discuss options and make plans along with other family members, health care professionals, and social service individuals.
In addition, this is a time to gather information such as:
- Medical care providers' names and contact information
- Prescription medication information, insurance and Medicare identification information
- Location of important papers and documents including a copy of the power of attorney and durable medical power of attorney
The websites below begin locally with resources at the University and expand out to encompass resources in Reno, Washoe County, the state of Nevada, and finally, national websites.
The Sanford Center for Aging website offers many resources for seniors and their families or caregivers. In addition, The Sanford Center for Aging Community Outreach receives "grant support which allows the center to offer free lectures and training programs throughout the year in the areas of wellness and caregiving. The center helps sponsor volunteer programs that assist older adults in Nevada with legal, medical, mobility and other issues."
On the Sanford Center for Aging website, seniors and their families can find the following:
- Medication Therapy Management program offers free medication reviews to seniors most in need.
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recruits and encourages people 55 years and older to share their unique skills, talents, and experience with community not-for-profit and public agencies.
- The Nevada Caregiver Support Center (NCSC) of the University of Nevada, Reno promotes excellence in dementia care by emphasizing the quality of life of persons with dementia and their caregivers.
- Caregiver resources include a webpage with various presentations (PowerPoint) and related materials for caregivers designed by the Sanford Center for Aging with the help of state funds provided to the Nevada Care Connection Program.
Sponsored by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a member-directed organization offering a distinctive array of courses and activities for adults age 50 and over interested in learning for the joy of learning.
New to Reno website has a page specifically for seniors living in the Truckee Meadows. This site provides a list of senior services and programs and includes links and information about:
- Volunteering with City of Reno Senior Services
- A link to the Senior Connection Newsletter - a free monthly newsletter with information about community events, programs, classes of interest to community members age 55 and better.
- Washoe Senior Ride (WSR) - a program of discount vouchers ("Taxi Bucks") that can be used to pay part of taxi fares and tips. WSR is a service of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC).
- Information on the Senior Center Library
- Links and contact information for the State of Nevada Division for Aging Services and the Social Security Administration
The City of Reno offers opportunities for older adults in aquatics, arts, dance, fitness and social outings. The City of Reno Senior Programs website has a link to the Senior Connection Newsletter which is the best way to stay current on the activities being offered. A typical issue includes descriptions of upcoming classes and events and activity calendars.
Washoe County Senior Services Mission is to assist older adults in the community to maintain independence, dignity, and quality in their lives and that of their caregivers, through the provision of an array of direct and indirect social and health services and opportunities they may utilize to achieve their goals. Their webpage holds a wealth of information and useful links including:
- Washoe County Senior Services Monthly Newsletter which lists senior center sites and events
- Monthly Menus for the Washoe County Senior Nutrition Program
- Links to forms for Washoe County Senior Services Social Services Referral
- Links for attorneys and estate planning
- Affordable housing information
- Link to Washoe County Senior Services Benefits Check List
- State and Federal Senior Resources through the Senior Services Nationwide Link
- State Health Insurance Advisory Program (SHIP). The SHIP Volunteers offer free one-on-one assistance and counseling with respect to many problems seniors encounter regarding Medicare and supplemental health insurance.
Nevada Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) provide information and access to programs and services that benefit Nevada's seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a national organization for people age 50 and older. AARP offers support for seniors by providing valuable benefits, information and assistance.
"AARP believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50 and over population to change the market based on their needs. These principles guide our efforts."
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) believes "all Americans-including people with disabilities and older adults-should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL)." The ACL website has information covering resources for: Alzheimer's and related dementias, locating elder care, looking into consumer benefits programs, and long term care planning information.
The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.
The CareLike mission statement states, "Our quest at CareLike is to develop and maintain the nation's most robust, accurate and comprehensive online repository for health and community based resources, enabling health care professionals, insurers, patients and families to identify, individualized care for patients and their unique needs." This website has search engines that can help in finding the following services in the Reno area: Residential Care, Care At Home, Medical Facilities and Equipment, Guidance and Informational Resources, and End of Life Resources.