For the vulnerable elderly and disabled, silence can be just as painful as actual abuse, neglect, self neglect and exploitation. Unless the silence is broken, help never comes.
There are vulnerable adults in Idaho who are unable to protect themselves from abuse or exploitation by others. There are also vulnerable adults who are neglected by persons caring for them. Still other vulnerable adults are unable to care for themselves and have no one else to help them.
Adult Protective Services helps to protect vulnerable adults by investigating reports of Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect and Self Neglect of Vulnerable Adults. Adult Protective Services works with the individual, the family and other agencies to find solutions.
If you suspect a vulnerable adult is being Abused, Exploited, Neglected or Self Neglecting call: 208-233-4032.
For mandatory reporting online, go to: https://idaho.getcare.com/consumer/adult_protective_services_report.php
The Idaho Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Act (Idaho Statute Title 39 Chapter 39) defines the following:
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs are friendly, welcoming places where anyone—individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals working with issues related to aging or disabilities—can go for information specifically tailored to their situation. The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to the individual seeking help.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ADRC
An Aging and Disability Resource Center provides the following services and more:
a) Information and Awareness:
(Contact the Information and Assistance staff at 208-233-4032)
– In-home care
– Housekeeping and chore services
– Home modifications, safety and maintenance
– Health (healthy lifestyles, management of chronic conditions, dementia, etc.)
– Nutrition, home delivered meals
– Housing, including senior and low income housing
– Assisted Living, nursing homes and other long term care facilities
– Financial assistance (e.g., Social Security, SSI, Disability, Medicare, Medicaid and other benefit programs)
– Legal issues (guardianship, power of attorney, client rights advocacy)
– Abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
– Mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, crisis intervention
– Employment, vocational services, volunteer work
– Adaptive equipment
b) Long Term Care Options Counseling:
c) Benefit Counseling:
d) Hospital Discharge Planning
Discharge Planning is a process, not a single event. Medicare defines discharge planning as: “A process used to decide what a patient needs for a smooth transition from one level of care to another.”
As a result of this process, the discharge plan may address the options:
Staff of the ADRC work with the hospital case manager and the patient to ensure that he/she has the information they need to make informed decisions about their support options as they move through critical transition points in the health and long term support system. (Contact the Information and Assistance staff at 208-233-4032.
The Information and Assistance Program can provide Options Counseling to help families make informed choices for themselves and their families. We can meet in person or talk on the phone, whatever works best for you. We can also link individuals needing assistance with community resources and social service agencies.
Contact Us: 208-233-4032
National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)
There are two groups who are eligible to receive services under this program:
(1) family caregivers taking care of an elderly person 60 years of age or older, and
(2) grandparents and other relatives aged 55 years or older who are caring for a “child” (an individual who is not more than 18 years of age or who is an individual with a disability).
NFCSP services available to these families are:
The goal of the Senior Nutrition Program is to provide seniors with an opportunity to socialize and participate in their community, decrease isolation, improve nutritional intake, and access supportive services that enhance their quality of life and overall health.
The Program provides two separate but related services: Congregate Meals and Home-Delivered Meals.
—Congregate Meals are served in group settings, most often at senior centers, but also occasionally at meal sites located in churches or schools.
—Home-Delivered Meals are delivered to eligible individuals who are homebound due to frailty or illness, or who, for some other reason are unable to prepare a nutritious meal for themselves.
▶ Information about congregate meals and home delivered meals in the seven counties we serve can be found here: Area V Nutrition Providers
The Transportation program provides transport for Idaho seniors with health or functional limitations which curtail their ability to drive. The program provides transportation for:
The Area Agency on Aging provides, coordinates and funds numerous community and in-home services for aging adults including: homemaker services, family caregiver respite, information and assistance, home delivered meals, senior center meals, long term care volunteers, adult protection services and veteran directed services.
Just as the communities of southeast Idaho turn to the Area Agency on Aging to help those most in need, the Area Agency on Aging relies on these communities and its members for support. There are several alternatives in giving that will ensure continued services offered by our agency for families and individuals facing or experiencing the need for assistance.
1. BENEFACTORS CASH CONTRIBUTIONS
2. MEMORIALS, LIVING TRUSTS AND ESTATE GIFTS
3. MONTHLY PLEDGES
SICOG/Area Agency on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
You can make a difference! The demand for services grows as the local aging population increases. Unfortunately, needs exceed our available resources.
Giving throughout the year, whether by way of check or volunteering, helps meet the current needs of seniors in our southeast Idaho communities. Through planned giving, earmarking donations for specific services or gifts donated, you are helping us build a strong Aging Services Network for southeast Idaho.
▶ Call us for further information — 208-233-4032
The Idaho Department of Labor offers an employment program for persons 55 years of age and over who meet the income criteria. Persons are placed in a non-profit agency 20 hours per week at a minimum. Individuals who are not eligible for this program will be referred to other appropriate agencies. Phone 208-236-6710, ext. 3661.
The Energy Assistance Program is housed with the Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency. The phone number is 208-233-7348.
Call the Idaho Legal Aid line at 208-233-0079 to set up an appointment with an attorney. The attorney will help address a variety of legal issues, but does not accept criminal or fee-generating cases.
Download the Caregiver Handbook.