Transportation in Eastern Connecticut is provided by a number of entities depending on the geographic location.
Check with your local senior center to see if they provide transporation. For a listing of senor centers click here.
2015 CT Caregiver Resource Guide
Connecticut’s National Family Caregivers Support Program
Caregivers often find the task of caring for another person to be consuming. An occasional break from caregiving enables an exhausted caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally. Senior Resources offers a wide range of support services that are funded by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
For the purposes of this program, the term ‘caregiver’ means an adult relative, or another individual (age 18 and over) who is an informal provider of in-home and/or community care to a person age 60 and over OR a grandparent or relative caregiver caring for an adult child age 19 to 59 with disabilities.
Respite care enables caregivers to be temporarily relieved of their caregiving responsibilities. There are two options for respite care:
- Traditional – caregivers receive respite care through a licensed service provider such as a skilled or non-skilled service agency
- Self-Directed – allows caregivers to select, hire, and supervise individuals other than a spouse or conservator to provide respite care.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will fund respite services such as adult day care, homemakers, and home health aides. Each caregiver's needs are individually determined after an in-depth assessment.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program will partially fund items such as durable medical equipment not covered by insurance, or one-time emergency needs. The items covered by the program are based on the specific needs of individuals.
Cost Share Contribution
The National Family Caregiver Support Program requests a cost share contribution toward the cost of services received based on the care recipient’s monthly income.
Priority will be given to older individuals with greatest social and economic need, with particular attention to low-income older individuals and older individuals providing care and support to persons with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.
Please contact Senior Resources at 860-887-3561 pr 1-800-690-6998 for more information or eligibility for our programs.
The Need for Respite and Supplemental Service
Grandparents and other relative caregivers stepping in to raise their kin children can find the task at hand exhausting. Much has changed from the first time around raising children often leaving the relative caregiver in search of respite. An occasional break from caregiving enables the exhausted relative caregiver to regroup both physically and emotionally from his/her caregiving responsibilities. Senior Resources offers a wide range of support services that are funded by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
What is Money Follows the Person?
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration program that helps Medicaid-eligible individuals currently living in long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes, hospitals and other qualified institutions – successfully transition back into the community.
Who is eligible?
To participate in the program, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and living in a long-term care or hospital setting for at least three months. He should have an interest in living in the community and be eligible for one of the community service packages.
How does it work?
Based on the person's individual needs, MFP provides the funds, services and support he needs for a successful transition into the community. In addition to returning to his home, housing options include individual apartments, assisted living and group homes. A care management team will assess what level of care – including the type and amount of services - the person will need to be safe while in the community.
How do I learn more?
For more information or to make a referral to the program please visit the Money Follows the Person web site at www.ct.gov/dss/mfp or call 1-888-99CTMFP (1-888-992-8637).
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Who are the Area Agencies on Aging in Connecticut and what do they do? Informational Presentation 2013
Senior Resources Agency on Aging released a new report on shortages in the direct care workforce. The report examines the state's growing shortage of direct care workers and the impact on older adults and people with disabilities. When No One Cares - Direct Care Workforce
Senior Centers are places where older adults can come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their needs and interests and support their independence and involvement in the community. Each center is a unique operation with a direction and focus determined by its community and participants.
These centers may provide health and wellness programs, nutrition services, educational and recreational activities, arts and humanities programs, transportation, volunteer opportunities, counseling, information and referral services, frail and special needs programs and other supportive services. They also serve as community resources for information about aging related issues, support for family caregivers and training for professionals, para-professionals and students.
A directory of Senior Centers in our 56 town region is available for viewing and/or download in pdf format at the following link:
It's Your Life...Live it Well
Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the Live Well Workshop can help you take charge of your life!
Who should attend this program?
People with chronic health conditions, their family members, friends and caregivers!
What is a Live Well Workshop?
The Live Well Workshop is a behavioral and social program designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their health problems affect their lives. The workshops are highly interactive focusing on building skills & sharing experiences and support. People with different chronic health problems attend the program together.
Workshops were designed and tested at Stanford University and are led by two trained facilitators. The Live Well Workshop will not conflict with your existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. Many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.
Visit www.cthealthyliving.org or call 860-887-3561 for information about upcoming Workshops in your area.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Live Well Leader?
- Live Well Leaders are people who are motivated to empower others to learn tools to help manage their chronic health conditions, set personal goals and solve problems. Live Well does not replace health care programs, it encourages people to become self-managers of their condition.
- Live Well Leaders must feel comfortable speaking in front of small groups while teaching from a detailed manual. Live Well Leaders always co-facilitate with another leader.
- Live Well Leaders are peers and professionals with or without a chronic health condition.
- Live Well Leaders complete a FREE 4-Day Training Program.
Once you are trained, you must then conduct a 6 week workshop within three to six months (no longer than 1 year) after completing the training.
Conducting the training includes:
- assisting in recruiting class members,
- using materials provided to your regional coordinator,
- following data collection procedures as outlined in the training
- Ability to work with a small group of people and build rapport with them.
- Ability to read aloud and follow a Leader's Manual.
- Good communication and listening skills.
- Ability to be non-judgmental and respectful of different opinions.
- Optimistic about a person’s ability to make changes.
Call 860-887-3561 about upcoming Well Leaders Trainings!
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Volunteer
SMP volunteers are concerned citizens, who empower seniors to prevent health care fraud through outreach and education. SMP volunteers will work in communities by volunteering their time, educating seniors, beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers on ways to prevent Medicare fraud.