Food, transportation, medical equipment, guidance on benefits processes – sometimes you need some help. Aging Answers is here for you!
Lutheran Senior Services’ Aging Answers is a FREE call-in resource staffed by specialists with training in age-related issues. Older adults who are considering care options, facing financial uncertainty, or navigating major life transitions can find help – and hope – in Aging Answers by calling 314.446.2475.
Individuals 60 and older (50 and older with a disability) and their loved ones are eligible for Aging Answers.
“It is such a helpful program. With our in-home assessments we are able to see unmet needs and identify resources,” said Michelle Wamser, Director of Service Coordination for Aging Answers. “Our goal is to help clients remain independently in their homes as long as possible,” she added.
The process starts with a phone call where Michelle or another Aging Answers staff member will gather information. From there a two-hour in-home assessment may be scheduled. The assessment includes a comprehensive needs review and home safety check, determining one’s ability to function in the home, exploring care options, developing a care plan, and recommending resources.
“Often people will call us about one thing, but when we delve deeper we find other needs,” said Wamser.
Through partnerships and grants, Aging Answers can even help get utilities turned back on, offer discounted in-home care, provide durable medical equipment, and deliver spiritual support. A unique offering is the Eliezer Fund, which helps retired career church workers who served 20+ years.
“We had a couple who worked in the church for 50+ years. They each developed memory issues and needed private duty support. The fund helps provide 7 days a week in-home care,” said Wamser.
Aging Answers staff members also are available to offer community education presentations to help provide information on aging and wellness.
“We’re here to help! There are so many things we can provide. If you’re in need, age 50+ with a disability or 60+ give us a call. You might be surprised by what we can do!” said Wamser.