is an ADRC?
and Disability Resource Centers, or ADRCs, offer the general public a
single entry point for information and assistance on issues affecting
older adults, and adults with disabilities regardless of their income.
ADRCs are a welcoming and convenient place for you and your family
to get information, assitance and access to a wide variety of services.
Services can be provided through the telephone, in the resource
center, or in your own home.
kind of services can I get from an ADRC?
types of services that an ADRC has to offer include:
information and assistance, long-term care options counseling,
benefits counseling, prevention and early
intervention, and access to publicly funded long-term care programs such
as Family Care, and IRIS (Include, Respect,
is Information and Assistance?
specialists in the ADRC provide you with information about services,
resources, and programs in areas such as disability and long-term care,
living arrangements, health, adult protective services, employment and
training for people with disabilities, home maintenance, nutrition and
publicly funded programs. ADRC
Specialists can help to connect you with services and can help you apply
for various programs such as FoodShare, and Medicaid as needed.
You can call the resource center about a wide variety of topics from home
care to hospice services, from legal issues to Alzheimer’s care, from
job help to education.
is Long-Term Care Options Counseling?
Specialists offer information about the options that are
available to meet your long-term care needs.
ADRC Specialists discuss factors to consider when making long-term
care decisions. ADRCs provide this
service to the general public and individuals with long-term care
needs who are entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The ADRC Specialist provides objective information to help you plan
your own care and consider how to best spend your personal resources.
is Benefits Counseling?
elderl or disability benefit specialist can provide you with accurate and current
information about private and government benefits and programs that you
may be entitled to. They help to
sort through the maze of benefits, the varying eligibility requirements
and application processes. Benefit
specialist can also help when people run into problems with Medicare,
Social Security and other benefits. An
elder benefit specialist is available to assist older adults and a
disability benefit specialist is available to assist adults with a physical,
intellectual, or mental health disability.
if I have an emergency related to my long-term care needs or services?
response is another service of the ADRC. If
you call the ADRC with a health related emergency, the resource center is
there to help connect you with someone who will respond to your urgent
situation. For example, if someone
experienced a sudden loss of a caregiver, they may need emergency help to
keep them safe. The ADRC can help
connect you with resources immediately.
For any medical emergency, you should contact your primary
physician or call 9-1-1.
I learn about ways to maintain my health and wellness from and ADRC?
ADRC promotes effective prevention to keep you healthy and independent.
In collaboration with public and private health and social service
partners in the community, the ADRC offers both information and
intervention activities that focus on reducing the risk of disability
For example, the ADRC can talk to you about ways to improve your
nutrition or reduce risk of chronic disease.
They can help you think about home safety to prevent falls, or
consider appropriate fitness programs for older people or people with
I enroll in a publicly funded long-term care program through the ADRC?
In fact, ADRCs are the “entry-way” to publicly funded long-term
care programs. The resource
center would first help assess your level of need for services and
determine if you are eligible. The ADRC
provides inforamtion about all the options available to you and will
assure you are fully infomred in order to select the best option to meet
your needs. If you
are eligible and choose to enroll in a long-term care program, the ADRC
will enroll you.
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