Below are just a very few of the many resources available to older adults both locally and nationally:
Virginia Senior Navigator – non-profit, agency/website provides helpful, free health and aging information to seniors, caregivers, and people with disabilities
Medicare.gov all things Medicare
Veterans Affairs – all things VA! There’s a lot of bogus information out there on web about VA benefits. Get the real deal.
Nursing Home Compare system. Compare nursing facilities side by side based on CMS/Medicare/Medicaid inspection data! Search by geographic area (zipcode or city etc.)
Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) – many local services for seniors.
Charlottesville Senior Center – community center for elders. Recreational, educational, entertainment and other programs – including meals.
Waynesboro Senior Center – community center for elders. Recreational, educational, entertainment and other programs including meals.
Blue Ridge Patient Advocacy – private case management/social work specialist
Open Arms Helping Hands – home companion service. Our favorite!
Charlottesville Department of Social Services (DSS)– for Medicaid and other social services including food assistance and Adult Protective Services (APS) – report abuse, neglect or exploitation (physical, emotional and or financial to APS – you can do so anonymously!)NOTE: Each Virginia County and some municipalities have a Department of Social Services and APS – Contact the one in your area to report abuse or get assistance. Find yours here