No one likes to think about the complications that can come with aging. Although most people will be able to continue living in their homes as they age, they may need a little help.
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Planning for that time is something that often gets pushed off today’s “to do” list to be done another day. So when the time comes to seek assistance, it’s often at a critical point in a person’s care, which can leave family and friends feeling lost navigating the complicated world of caregiving . But now, there’s help in Wyoming.
Earlier this year, the Wyoming Legislature provided funding to open an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Wyoming was one of only seven states in the nation that did not have an ADRC.
The ADRC is a free, unbiased service, open to anyone in Wyoming. It doesn’t provide direct care services, but rather helps family and friends locate services that are available in their area and assists them in completing paperwork that’s necessary to utilize some of those services.
Staff members receive training on government assistance programs and can help people learn more about whether they are eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance and other federal and state programs. They can also assist people who are working with private insurance companies to determine what services are covered under their policy.
ADRC staff work one-on-one with caregivers to ensure that they find the best and most appropriate level of care for their loved one.
Although the center is located in Green River, it serves people across the state through a website and a toll-free number: 1-877-435-7851. Plans are underway to expand in-person counseling, but in the meantime, the ADRC is open and serving people now.