Specialists from Area Agency on Aging centers across Texas
administer assistance programs for seniors. Many of the resources
they provide are referrals and information. However some offices may
offer direct assistance to qualified seniors. You may contact your
local AAA by phone at 1-800-252-9240The centers help
hundreds of thousands of Texas senior citizens and elderly
individuals every year with health care, transportation, free meals,
advice, and information.The Food Assistance and
was created by the federal government and
the Older Americans Act. Most of this aid is focused on people who
are 60 years of age or older, who would benefit from a hot
nutritional meal and who have the greatest social-economic need.
Hundreds of Congregate Nutrition Centers
operate across Texas. They can be at local agency on aging offices,
churches, food pantries, and other non-profits. The locations offer
those who are qualified a daily nutritional meal, information and
assistance, socialization opportunities, exercise, and health and
nutrition education. Some Agency on aging offices will also provide
transportation to the nutrition site.The Home
Delivered Meal Program
is offered for the homebound in
Texas. Recipients need to have some type of impairment that would
prevent attendance at a congregate nutrition center or food pantry.
If you apply for this service, an assessment will need to occur. If
you are determined to eligible for free or low cost home delivered
food, a hot nutritional meal will be delivered to the senior citizen
or older adult. Information on financial assistance programs and
other resources may be made available for home delivered meal
is part of
the State of Texas Health Information and Assistance Program (SHIP).
Persons over 60 years of age can receive assistance from their Area
Agency on Aging location from this program. Many people refer to
this service as HICAP (Health, Information, Counseling and Advocacy
All Medicare beneficiaries, regardless of your
income or age, including beneficiaries with disabilities, can
qualify for free counseling and advice from SHIP. The primary goal
of the benefits counseling program is to provide objective and
accurate counseling, advocacy, and assistance in relation to public
benefits, medical care and entitlements.Information
Referral and Assistance
is provided at all Texas offices.
Specialists and social workers are available who are knowledgeable
of government programs and miscellaneous resources within the
community. The specialist can provide free referrals, information
and resources to beneficiaries, their caregivers and immediate
family members. Anyone who needs information can contact information
& referral specialists at your local agency on aging office by
written correspondence, telephone, electronic mail, fax or in
Receive information on some or all of the
following assistance programs:
Adult Day Care,
Benefits Counseling, Free Congregate/Home Delivered Meals, Dental
Care, Educational Opportunities, Emergency Food and Shelter,
Financial Assistance, Government Benefits, Home Improvement
Programs, Jobs, Housing, Subsidized and Non-Subsidized, Free Legal
Services, Nursing Home Information/Assistance, Tax Assistance,
Utility Bill Assistance, Vision-Related Services, and Senior
Centers.Government Benefits Counseling
is provided as a result of the Older Americans Act. Older Texas
residents and their family members and/or caregivers can get
information and help in applying for services. Get advice for
understanding their rights; assistance applying for public benefits
and receiving appropriate referrals; exercising choice; benefiting
from services and opportunities authorized by law, and maintaining
the rights of older persons or senior citizens, especially those
with reduced capacity, in solving disputes.
Beneficiaries can receive information on public and government
assistance involving the following issues.
representation Appeals or hearings, Consumer issues,
Fraud/scam/unfair sales, Individual rights-abuse, dispute,
employment, discrimination, Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription
Medications, Non-covered health-dental, hearing, assistive devices,
Transportation, Veterans benefits, Managed Care
Plans/Medicare+Choice/PFFS/HMOs and Social Security. Find more
public aid in Texas.
Agency on Aging counselors work with
representatives from government agencies and their partner agencies
such as Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Social
Security Administration, and the Texas Department of Insurance. Many
Federal, State, Local and community agencies offer support too, and
examples include a Legal Hotline for Older Texans, Medicaid,
Medicare, and Adult Protective Services. In order for a senior to
receive free legal services requiring an attorney, the state Agency
on Aging contracts with Lone Star Legal Aid.Seniors
may also be eligible for energy bill assistance
and conservation from the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program
(CEAP). Many Agency on Aging can direct individuals to local
application sites. Cash grants, energy conservation, and financial
assistance is offered to seniors for paying utility bills from the
Texas CEAP program.Free Legal Assistance and Awareness
services include advice
, document preparation, or legal
representation provided by a Benefits Counselor or attorney to
seniors or caregivers with economic and social needs. Most of the
aid resolves around addressing matters or concerns related to health
insurance issues, consumer problems, and public/private benefits.
Attorneys can assist with preparation of wills, medical directives,
and power of attorney.Home Repairs
agency can provide for minor repairs or improvements or
modifications to the home of a senior. The program will pay for, or
offer a low interest loan, for items that are essential for the
safety and health of the occupants.Transportation
Assistance and Vouchers
– Some of the offices in Texas pay
for or provide door to door trips to social service agencies,
medical appointments, food pantries, entertainment and other
activities for seniors and disabled who cannot use or do not have
access to public transportation services.Personal
Assistance or Respite Care
includes the short term in-home
assistance for seniors and older individuals who have been
discharged from a hospital or who are waiting disposition of
eligibility for an entitlement program. Volunteers or staff can
perform tasks that the senior would typically perform if they were
able. In order to get help, the senior must have difficulty in
performing a minimum of two activities of daily living. Some
examples of services performed may include assistance with personal
care, meal preparation, housekeeping, and/or access to social
services.Texas Senior Centers
– These are
local neighborhood facilities. Many are located by or within Area
Agency of Aging centers. The centers provide support services,
organization, group and recreational for the older person or
disabled.Medical Care and Health Maintenance
– Centers and community clinics they partner with may be able to
provide low cost or free prescription medications, eye exams,
hearing aids, medical equipment, and eyeglasses to seniors 60 years
of age or older.
Agency on Aging centers may have details on
rent assistance in the form of low income or subsidized housing.
This is the term used to designate housing that has been fully or
partially financed by the federal government and/or state of Texas.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manages the
majority of affordable housing programs in the US, and runs some
programs that focus on seniors and elderly.
low income seniors may be able to be placed into privately owned and
managed homes or apartments. The program is in high demand in Texas,
and many subsidized or low income housing developments will have a
waiting list.Employment opportunities from the
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
program may be able to provide subsidized part-time training
opportunities for eligible Texas citizens who are age 55 and older.
The federal government program can help them learn skills necessary
to obtain unsubsidized, part time employment. Services offered by
the jobs program may include referrals to community resources, job
counseling, career development assistance, and other related
Participants in SCSEP will be paid at
the very least the prevailing minimum wage rates. The job will be
located at a non-profit or government agency in Texas. Participants
will be allowed to work an average of 20 hours per week at these
sites to develop marketable job skills. Additional training and
off-site employment training opportunities may include interview
skill building, free computer classes, classroom training at local
technical schools, resume feedback and development, and a number of
other job-seeking skills.
Emergency help can be
coordinated by Agency on Aging offices in Texas.
DADS service offers qualified senior citizens with access to a
resource that lets individuals get help in a crisis, and is
available for elderly and homebound who are alone more than eight
hours per day. What is offered includes medical supplies and
Programs coordinated by Agency on Aging offices
can help individuals who need prescription drug medicines, supplies
or health care items. For example, the program may be able to help
pay for life threatening medicines and/or vitamins. Other assistance
may be offered for hearing aids, dentures, or glasses. Or programs
in Texas can help the elderly acquire Scooters or wheelchairs,
reachers to grab items, or communication boards.
Grants can be distributed from the In-Home and Family Support.
It is offered to residents with physical disabilities and/or their
families. Specifically, this includes items and services such as
Pre-approved housing expenses or transportation for Texas residents
with a disability or for someone going through treatment.
surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic and other health services related
to a person's disability.
medications that are not covered by Medicaid or Medicare.
access to training and health counseling programs so proper medical
and health care can be obtained.
services, attendant care, home health aide services, assistance with
chores, and more.
the purchase or lease of special medical equipment or help for the
modifications of a home if it is needed to facilitate care of a
senior or disabled
member of the home.
Texas Aging offices and Senior centersAlamo
Phone 866-231-4922. The location provides
services in the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio,
Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson.
can be reached at 800-372-4464.
Programs are offered for Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins,
Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus counties in Texas.
Bexar County Agency
on Aging Office. Call 800-960-5201
can help senior citizens in
Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington
County. Call the center at 800-994-4000Capital AAA
offers senior assistance including food, meals, energy bill
help, transportation, and more. Call 888-622-9111 for information.
Programs are for Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays,
Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson County.Central
. Phone number is 800-447-7169. The center is for
people in Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San
Saba Texas.Coastal Bend Agency of Aging office.
Main phone number is 800-817-5743. Elderly and older adults in the
counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg,
Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio should call
this center.Concho Valley.
Phone number is
877-944-9666. Counties covered are Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion,
Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Schleicher, Sterling,
Sutton, and Tom Green.Dallas County
residents should call 800-548-1873.Deep East Texas
is for families and individuals who reside in Angelina, Houston,
Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San
Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler Texas. Call 800-256-6848 for
intake.East Texas Aging Center
people in the counties of Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison,
Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt,
and Wood. Phone 800-442-8845Golden Crescent AAA
can be reached at 800-574-9745. Areas served are Calhoun,
DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria Texas.
older adults and seniors should
call 800-296-2606Heart of Texas
for individuals in the Texas counties of Bosque, Falls, Freestone,
Hill, Limestone, and McLennan. Phone 254-292-1800
Houston and Galveston AAA
can be contacted at 800-437-7396.
Counties served are Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and
Wharton.Lower Rio Grande Valley.
800-365-6131. Counties covered are Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy.
Middle Rio Grande.
Call 800-224-4262. Counties
supported are Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, LaSalle, Maverick, Real,
Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala.North Central Texas
Agency on Aging
office can be reached at 800-272-3921, and
assistance programs are administered for people in Collin, Denton,
Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto,
Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Young, and Wise county.
North Texas region
, including the counties of Archer,
Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita,
Wilbarger, and Young, can be reached at 800-460-2226.
office can be reached at
800-642-6008. They administer most of the services above, including
food assistance, medications, and more. Counties served are
Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth,
Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill,
Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter,
Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, and Wheeler.
Telephone number is 800-491-4636. Counties
served are Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock,
Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton,
Ward, and Winkler.Rio Grande
including the counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth,
Jeff Davis, and Presidio can be called at 800-333-7082.
South East Texas
can be called at 800-395-5465.
Counties supported are Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange County Texas.
aging office can be called at
800-858-1809. Counties supported are Bailey, Cochran, Crosby,
Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn,
Motley, Terry, and Yoakum.South Texas
office is for the regions and counties of Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and
Zapata. Main phone number is 800-292-5426.Tarrant
covers just the immediate county. Seniors and
elderly should call 877-886-4833.TEXOMA.
Phone 800-677-8264. Residents and seniors in Cooke, Fannin, and
Grayson should call this office.
West Central Texas
Agency on Aging
office can be called at 800-928-2262.
Counties served are Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland,
Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels,
Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, and Throckmorton.