Eldercare Benefits

To quickly determine whether your elder is eligible for services that are free or for fees based on income, you may want to do a "benefits checkup." The National Council on Aging Web site offers a free, confidential, and comprehensive online service that checks for federal, state, and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over). It provides a detailed description of available programs and also provides local contacts. Visit the Web site and click on "Find Benefits."

Generally, eligibility criteria for elder services are based on a combination of the following factors:

Since there are so many factors in determining an individual's eligibility, it's essential to consult with a benefits counselor. Consult your local Area Agency on Aging or Council on Aging for referral to a benefits counselor.

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