Senior Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services serves as a link between the
national Administration on Aging and local programs, Area Agencies on Aging.

Food & Nutrition


Meals

In addition to health and fitness benefits, good nutrition is crucial as we age and our physical capacity declines. Research shows seniors who do not eat nutritionally well-balanced diets often display symptoms similar to those of serious disease or illness, which may result in costly and often unnecessary treatment.

Plate with Pepper on it

Nutrition Program

  • Nutrition assessment and education
  • Meals on Wheels (delivered to homebound seniors)
  • Resources for healthy living
  • Lunch at the local Senior Center, Monday thru Friday*
*Check your local senior center for meal availability

Getting from A to B


Transportation

For many seniors, getting to and from medical clinics, treatment facilities and pharmacies is difficult. Local transportation services can help lessen the burden.

  • Reliable transportation for individuals 60 and older with no other means of transportation
  • Eligibility and availability varies by area
Rides available to various locations and for various needs, to include:
  • Dental Care
  • Medical Care
  • Medication Pick-Up
  • Personal Business Needs – i.e., Social Security, Legal Services, Medicare
 

Caregiving


Utah Caregiver Support Program (UCSP)



Support for family caregivers

The Utah Caregiver Support Program offers in-home services that support family caregivers of individuals with health, mobility, neurological or functional limitations in hopes of enabling them to care for their loved one as long as possible and delay facility placement. There is no low income requirement.


The program offers five categories of resources and services to family caregivers to best meet the range of their needs, including:

  • Information about available resources and services within their communities
  • Assistance in gaining access to supportive community services
  • Individual counseling, support groups and caregiver education/training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their roles
  • Respite care to offer temporary, substitute supports or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for caregivers
  • Supplemental services, provided on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers (i.e. assistive technologies, emergency response systems, grab bars for bathrooms, incontinence supplies)


Eligibility

Am I eligible to receive services?

A family caregiver is an adult family member or another individual (18 years or older) who is an informal (unpaid) provider of in-home and community care to:

A family caregiver can also be an older relative (55 years or older) who is:

  • An older individual (60 and over)
  • An individual of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related neurological disorder.
  • The primary caregiver (other than the parent) who lives with and is the informal provider of in-home and community care to a child under the age of 18 because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregivers of the child
  • The parent, grandparent, or other relative by blood, arriage, or adoption, of an individual who is 18 years or older with a disability
  • Lives with the child who is not more than 18 years of age or who is an adult child between 19 and 59 years of age with a disability. In the situation when it is an adult child with a disability, the caregiver cannot be the parent.

Remaining Independant


Home & Community Based Services

The Area Agencies on Aging offer a variety of in-home services that allow adults to remain in their home and receive supportive services.

Healthcare Worker Helping Senior

In-Home and Community

Alternatives
  • In-home services provided for frail elderly people to help remain in their homes
  • Services such as homemaking & personal care may be part of each care plan
  • Respite Care/Short-term services may be available to relieve persons who care for a homebound individual
  • Eligibility is based on income/assets and professional risk assessment ( small fee is usually required)
  • Local contractors are providers of service
  • Resources vary around the state check your Area Agencies on Aging for availability

Medicaid Aging Waiver

  • Must be 65 years of age or older
  • Services such as homemaking & personal care may be part of each care plan
  • The array of services may vary depending upon the availability of a certified provider

Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Call Toll Free 1-(800) 541-7735

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.

  • SHIPs provide free Medicare counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions
  • SHIP locations map
  • Public Medicare education presentations and programs
Resources

Medicare
Medicare.gov

Medicare Plan Finder
Find a plan here

Social Security
ssa.gov

Utah Medicaid
View web site

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Long Term Care
See long term care options here

Choosing a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) Policy
View policy here

For more information, contact the local
Area Agency on Aging nearest you

Senior Medicare Patrol

Call Toll Free: 1-(800)541-7735

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.

  • SHIPs provide free Medicare counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions
  • SHIP locations map
  • Public Medicare education presentations and programs
Resources

Medicare
Medicare.gov

Medicare Plan Finder
Find a plan here

Social Security
ssa.gov

Utah Medicaid
View web site

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Long Term Care
See long term care options here

Choosing a Medigap (Medicare Supplement) Policy
View policy here

For more information, contact the local
Area Agency on Aging nearest you

For more information, contact the local
Area Agency on Aging nearest you

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects.

Updated SCSEP strategic plan 2012-2016

Utah SCSEP State Plan 2016
Services available through the SCSEP program for assisting older workers.