A Guide to the Aging and Disability Networks
This course is intended to acquaint workers with the variety of services available to older adults and people with disabilities through programs funded and supported by federal and state governments and administered by state and local agencies. It also includes material on a number of privately funded and administered programs, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, which provides information on and support for people dealing with dementia, and disability rights organizations, which provide legal and protective services to people with disabilities.
By the conclusion of this course, you should be able to help the people who come to you for information or services to determine what they are eligible for that meets their particular needs, and to navigate the aging and disability networks. (4 CEUs)
- Know what federal, state, and local resources are available to older adults, people with disabilities, and their families
- Understand the eligibility requirements of various federal programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
- Know what medical, nutritional, transportation, and other services and programs are available in the community, especially including person directed services and programs
- Ensure that all information is available to and understood by the person and family
- Make referrals to appropriate community based services and programs
- Plan services that are appropriate to the person’s cultural needs