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6 Government Programs for Your Senior Loved One

The federal, state and local government have a number of programs that regularly assist older adults who are experiencing financial difficulty. Many of these programs are available online where seniors, their loved ones or live-in Sacramento caregivers can provide the required information. 

1. Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Adults aged 55 and over who desire to work but have difficulty finding employment often benefit from applying for the SCSEP program. The organization matches older adults and their skills with part-time positions. Many individuals eventually gain full-time employment. 

2. PACE

PACE is a Medicaid/Medicare-based program that enables older adults to remain in their homes while receiving essential healthcare provided by a team of qualified professionals. Adults must be over the age of 55 and deemed in need of long-term healthcare. Please note that this program does not cover non-medical home care agencies in Sacramento

3. Lifeline

The federally funded Lifeline Program is designed to help seniors and others afford wired or wireless phone service while living on a limited income. Seniors apply for the service through their local carrier. If eligible, monthly costs are reduced or eliminated depending on income level.

4. Low Income Energy Assistance Program

LIEAP is also federally funded and helps low income individuals with heating and cooling costs. The program is available in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. There are also programs available that help pay for the expense of making homes more energy efficient.

5. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Seniors strapped with medical bills and monthly expenses often do not have enough money to purchase food. The SNAP program provides debit cards to eligible program participants that assist with the cost food. Monthly benefits are based on individual income.

6. Affordable Medication

Simple Fill is one of the many programs designed to help low-income individuals afford their prescription medications whether they are underinsured or uninsured. The program works directly with a senior’s healthcare provider and the appropriate pharmaceutical company.

In addition to these government programs, seniors can also turn to Home Care Assistance for help managing daily activities, picking up medications, and boosting overall wellbeing. Additionally, we provide specialized stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Sacramento for seniors with more specific needs. Contact a reliable Care Manager at 916.706.0169 today to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation.