The senior industry around Surprise and Goodyear Arizona is growing. With that growth comes many helpful senior resources. Many of the resources are provided for free. Local businesses, national non-profits and governmental agencies all offer many of these senior resources. At little to no cost to the senior.
Unfortunately, many families don’t know about these resources. We thought we would remedy that. In this blog post we listed some helpful senior resources available around Surprise and Goodyear, Arizona.
Please let us know about any other resources in the comments below. We’d love to update our blog post with as much information as we can provide.
Feel free to also check out the resources page on our website. We will continue to add to that page as we find more resources in the future. We also have a few free reports on finding the right assisted living home and signing up for the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) that you can download.
Some of these senior resources are local to Surprise and Goodyear. Others may cover the Phoenix valley or the entire State of Arizona. There are also a few that have a national reach. Regardless of their size or scope, we hope that some of these senior resources will help you or a family member.
List of Helpful Senior Resources around Surprise and Goodyear
General Senior Resources
Elder Abuse – If you suspect there is a case of elder abuse going on, you always have the option of calling 911. For non-emergency situations, there are several options:
- Call your local police department
- Call the Adult Protective Services (APS) elder abuse hotline at (877) SOS-ADULT or (877) 767-2385
- Go to the APS website
- Contact the Arizona Attorney General at (602) 542-2124 or send them an email
The Phoenix Area Agency on Aging has tremendously helpful senior resources. They have an extensive resource guide of their own for seniors. The Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit organization that helps seniors stay safe in their homes. Their staff that can answer lots of questions. If you would like to reach out to them, then call their 24 hour senior help line at (602) 264-HELP or (602) 264-4357.
The AZDHS is responsible for the health and wellness of all Arizonans. They license and regulate all sorts of health care providers in Arizona. You can go to their website to look up information from their inspections of all those health providers. Or give them a call to ask questions about resources for you or your elderly family member.
The Arizona DES helps seniors who are experiencing financial hardship, administers the Adult Protective Services agency, the Ombudsman program for investigating complaints about older adults in long-term care facilities, and provides low to no-cost legal services.
Help for Seniors Living at Home
A non-profit organization started by Sun City residents back in 1981. The organization has grown to hundreds of volunteers offering all sorts of programs for seniors. Everything from daily activities and social interaction to volunteers helping seniors with errands and chores around the house. They’re also always looking for more volunteers.
Benevilla has a Surprise location and a location in Avondale to serve the Goodyear seniors.
Meals delivery programs
Check out our blog post on various meal delivery services in the Surprise and Goodyear area.
Discounts for seniors
The Arizona Department of Economic Security has programs to send free meals to seniors. The Congregate meals program sends at least one meal a day to a gathering site where seniors can meet other seniors. They can interact with others around their age while enjoying a nutritious meal
The Home Delivered Meals program is run by volunteers who bring meals to senior’s homes, spend some time with the senior and checks on their overall well-being.
Senior Resources for Long Term Care and Assisted Living
Many senior veterans and their families don’t know about this valuable benefit. The VA (Department of Veteran’s Affairs) will pay up to $1,794 per month for a veteran, $1,153 for a surviving spouse, or $2,127 per month for a couple. That money can really help with an assisted living bill. It is a complicated process to apply. We highly recommend you work with someone who knows how to navigate it.
We can recommend several people who can help!
Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS)
In addition to our guide on our website, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has an informational download that explains the best way to apply for the ALTCS benefit. ALTCS is the Arizona version of Medicaid. It can pay a substantial portion of long-term care if someone qualifies. It’s a great senior resource if your mother or father doesn’t have much savings or income.
Many seniors and their families have used referral agents to help them find the best long-term care solution. Referral agents often used to work in the health care industry as nurses, social workers and other health professionals. Then they started their own business (or joined one of the larger companies). The NPRA is an organization of referral agents who pledge to hold up very ethical standards when they help seniors. They started as a local organization in Phoenix called the Professional Association of Senior Referral Specialists, or PASRS.
Another program administered by the Department of Economic Security in Arizona. The Ombudsman handles complaints about long-term care facilities and does investigations to resolve those complaints. They also do routine visits to many long-term care facilities to make sure they are clean and well-run.
This non-profit group represents larger assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. Their members take care of about 15,000 seniors around Arizona. They can help you find out information about one of their member facilities. Or they could be a senior resource to answer questions families might have about finding the right care.
Aalha is a similar senior resource to the Arizona Health Care Association. The difference is that Aalha represents individual group homes, such as our homes (A Paradise for Parents). They can provide lots of information about how residential assisted living works, the differences from a large facility, and some recommendations on residential group homes in your area.
We hope this blog post has been helpful in listing some great senior resources. If you still have questions, please reach out to us directly through this website, our Facebook page (@aparadiseforparentsassistedliving), our email (Hal@aparadiseforaparents.com) or call us at 623-295-9890.