Indiana has more than 850,000 seniors living within its borders, and that number is expected to skyrocket over the next few decades as baby boomers reach retirement age and live longer. The Indiana Division of Aging ?establishes and monitors programs that serve the needs of Indiana seniors. The Division of Aging?s overarching vision is to re-define long-term care for consumers and providers.?
Those programs include:
-- Adult Day Services: Structured programs in a non-residential setting.
-- Adult Family Care: A program in which up to four seniors lives with in a home with an unrelated caretaker in a “family” setting.
-- Aging Ombudsman: An advocate for people living in long-term care facilities.
-- Attendant Care: Assistance for the elderly designed to keep them loving in their own homes.
-- Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled (CHOICE): Case management services, assessment, and in-home and community services to seniors who also have a mental or physical impairment.
-- Environmental Modifications: Minor changes to a home to make it safer for a senior.
-- Homemaker Services: Household task and related activities for seniors who need help performing those functions.
-- Home Delivered Meals: Meals delivered to the homes of frail elderly folks.
-- Respite Services: Giving caretakers a temporary break.
-- Specialized Medical Equipment & Supplies: Providing such medically-prescribed items.
-- Transportation Services: Helping seniors get around who can no longer drive themselves.
Indiana does have a program to supply medical alert devices to low-income seniors. But even if you do not qualify, you should still consider buying one with your own money.
With seniors more active than ever, medical alert providers are coming up with new technologies to match the changing lifestyles of seniors. For example, there are now mobile medical alert units that you can take with you wherever you go. Using cellular technology, the device allows you to call the central monitoring center no matter where you are, and with the built-in GPS, the monitor can pinpoint your location and send help directly to you.
Medical alert companies operate in all 50 states, including Indiana.
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