Government Benefits & Nonprofit Agencies
There are many federal, state and local government benefits available to seniors through special programs. These can do everything from provide you with a low-cost or free telephone and healthier meals to helping you find affordable housing or long-term care. While some programs offer free or low-cost services to all seniors, others are criteria you must meet in order to qualify for benefits.
With so many programs out there, each with its own rules and requirements, it can be difficult and confusing to figure out which benefits you qualify for and, if you do qualify, how to go about getting them.
Here you’ll find businesses, consultants and non-profit agencies in your area that can help you to get the government benefits you’re entitled to receive. If you’re a family member or other caregiver who wants to learn what options are available to help pay for your senior loved one’s care, you’ll find agencies here that can help with that as well.
Besides government agencies, many non-profit organizations, churches and other groups also provide free or low-cost services to seniors that range from free and low-cost legal assistance to help completing income tax returns.
Remember, that before disclosing your private information to anyone, be sure you are working with a reputable agency, organization or consultant. Make sure they have positive testimonials and good online reviews, and have a family member check them out in more detail if you’re not able to do it yourself. Also check with the Better Business Bureau to see whether complaints have been filed against them.