Iowa Department on Aging

Organization: Iowa Department on Aging

510 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA, USA

Phone 5157253333 | Fax 5157253313


CAPABLE is a person-directed, home-based program that addresses both function and healthcare expenses. The four to five-month program integrates services from an occupational therapist (OT), a registered nurse (RN), and a handy worker who work together with the older adult to set goals and direct action plans that change behaviors to improve health, independence, and safety. Participants learn new skills, exercises, and how to work with additional tools/equipment/home modifications to improve function and safety. CAPABLE focuses on prevention and problem-solving, building skills that participants can use in the future.

Services:

  • Home visits from a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Home visits from an Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Minor home modifications;
    • grab bars
    • tub benches
    • improved lighting

Eligibility:

  • Adults ages 60 years and older
  • Own or rent home
  • Live in Dallas, Polk, or a close surrounding county

Intake Process:

Contact Happy at Home Consulting by phone or email to begin the intake process.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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Title III-B Legal Assistance Program is part of the Older Americans Act (OOA) and provides funds to help states organize and pay for meals and a range of home & community based services through the Area Agency's on Aging (AAA's) and service providers throughout the state. Title III-B legal services network can provide assistance for older persons in accessing long-term care options and other community-based services. Legal services under Title III-B also protect older persons against direct challenges to their independence, choice, and financial security. These services are specifically targeted to “older individuals with economic or social needs.”

Services:

Areas of legal assistance provided by Title III-B legal services network may include:

  • Legal assistance for older persons to access public benefits (SS/SSI/SSDI, Medicaid and Medicare, veterans benefits and unemployment compensation).
  • Legal assistance for older persons to draft advance directives and designate surrogate decision makers who will effectuate their wishes if they become incapacitated.
  • Legal assistance on issues related to guardianship with a focus on representation for older persons who are the subject of guardianship actions.
  • Legal assistance for older persons to access available housing options, including low income housing programs that allow them to stay independent in their homes and communities.
  • Legal assistance for older persons facing foreclosure or eviction proceedings that jeopardize their ability to stay independent in their homes and communities.
  • Legal assistance for older persons to gain access to the full benefit of appropriate long-term care private financing options.
  • Legal assistance for older person to maintain their long term financial solvency and economic security.
  • Legal assistance to ensure elder rights protections for older persons transferring from long=term care facilities to home and community-based care.
  • Legal assistance for older person who have experienced elder abuse, including consumer fraud and the financial exploitation of older persons.

Eligibility:

All persons age 60 and older.

Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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The Iowa Department on Aging’s Legal Assistance Program serves individuals aged 60 and older by providing legal advice and representation; information and education; and referrals in civil legal matters throughout the state. The program’s role is to identify legal problems and legal service needs of older Iowans and adults with disabilities, with priority given to those who are most vulnerable due to social and/or economic circumstances.

To meet this goal, the Department works with the six Area Agencies on Aging to contract with legal service providers across the state and increase the quantity and quality of legal assistance available to older Iowans and adults with disabilities. Common legal problems concern housing, consumer fraud, debt collection, elder abuse/exploitation, Social Security/SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, discrimination, guardianships/conservatorships, advanced directives, and wills/estates.

The Iowa Legal Assistance Program also provides individual and group technical assistance to legal service projects conducted by the Area Agencies on Aging, legal assistance providers, and others. It also provides community outreach to help older Iowans and adults with disabilities understand their rights, exercise choice, and benefit from services and opportunities.

Services:

  • Legal hotline

Eligibility:

Individuals aged 60 and older

Intake Process:

Call 515-282-8161 or 1-800-992-8161

Hours:

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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In Iowa, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (OSLTCO) is authorized by the federal Older Americans Act and the state Older Iowans Act. Operating as an independent entity within the Iowa Department on Aging, its mission is to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in long-term care facilities by investigating complaints, seeking resolutions to problems and providing advocacy with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.

Services:

  • Resolution of complaints made by or on behalf of residents/tenants of long-term care facilities
  • Education about residents' rights and good care practices
  • Providing information to the public about facilities, residents' rights, and legislative and policy issues
  • Advocating for residents' rights and quality care in facilities
  • Promoting the development of citizen organizations, family councils and resident councils

Eligibility:

Residents in long-term care and their families.

Intake Process:

Contact the office at 515-725-3308 or 866-236-1430

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

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