|Abuse and Neglect|
Organizations to whom you
can report suspected cases of abuse. Also, organizations who provide services
designed to protect older persons from neglect, exploitation (including
financial exploitation), or abuse. Neglect, exploitation and abuse are defined
as: The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation,
or cruel punishment resulting in physical harm, pain, or mental anguish, or
deprivation by a person or by self-neglect, including a caregiver, of goods or
services that are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental
|Adult Day Care|
Care for dependent adults,
provided in a supervised, protective, group setting during some portion of a
twenty-four-hour day, not to exceed 16 hours. Health, social, and related
support services are offered in a group setting of two or more individuals with
a functional impairment on a scheduled, contractual basis. Examples of the
health, social and related support services that may be offered in an adult day
care setting include, but are not limited to the following: social and
recreational activities, meals, rehabilitation, help with taking medications;
help with personal care, family caregiver support groups, etc. The services
offered by adult day care centers vary, with some providing more hands-on care
than others. Adult Day Care Centers are required to be certified by the Iowa
Department of Inspections and Appeals.
|Adult Day Care/Health:|
Personal (with potential for bathing) and social care for elders in a supervised, protective and congregate setting during some portion of a day.
|Adult Day Treatment|
Intense counseling services provided in a
Providing formal or
informal opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge, experiences, or
skills. Education can be offered in a conference setting, University or
community college, public library, health fair, hospital, an individual's home
or other formal or informal setting. Topics must be relevant to people age 60
and older or caregivers of people age 60 and over.
|Adult Protective Services|
Services where professionals investigate allegations of
suspected dependent adult abuse. Currently, in Iowa, the Department of Human
Services (DHS) handles allegations of suspected dependent adult abuse in the
community setting and the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) handles
allegations of suspected dependent adult abuse in
Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and hospitals.
Receiving, researching, or
working to resolve complaints or problems on behalf of an older person in
regards to securing rights and/or benefits. Advocacy does not include services
provided by an attorney or work under the supervision of an attorney. Another
type of advocacy is pro-active in nature, such as when professionals or
citizens’ groups work with legislators or public officials to ensure that the
rights and needs of older persons are considered when developing laws and
Programs that maintain
information about community resources that are appropriate for senior
citizens/caregivers and which link individuals who are in need of aging
services or programs with appropriate resources or which provide information
about community agencies and organizations that offer aging services.
|Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group|
Support groups for caregivers, relatives or
friends of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.
information about Alzheimer's Disease to the general public. Also included are
organizations that provide information and assistance, education, or other
services specifically targeted to Alzheimer's Disease sufferers and their
Apartments designed for
people age 60 and over to live independently. They do not provide assistance
with the activities of daily living and may or may not be subsidized.
Programs that provide an
impartial third person who is acceptable to all parties to a dispute who
presides over or facilitates a hearing at which both parties have an
opportunity to be heard, and who aids them in making their own settlement or
who issues an award that both parties have agreed in advance to accept as
|Area Agencies on Aging|
Agencies who plan,
coordinate and offer information about human services for older people and
their caregivers, as directed by the Older Americans Act. Area Agencies on
Aging (AAAs) help older adults remain in their home, if that is their
preference. They are aided by services such as home delivered meals, home
health care and whatever else it may take to insure independent living as
viable option. AAAs serve as portals to care, assessing needs, determining
eligibility for assistance, purchasing home health and other services for
income eligible seniors, and developing programs to respond to new needs as
they arise. Many Area Agencies on Aging provide direct services such as senior
centers and meal programs.
An organization providing
information about Arthritis to the general public. Also included are
organizations that provide information and assistance, education, or other
services specifically targeted to Arthritis sufferers and their families.
|Arthritis Support Group|
Support groups for persons who have arthritis
and/or their caregivers.
Provision of assistance,
including escort if needed, to a person who has difficulties (physical or
cognitive) using regular vehicular transportation. Drivers typically provide
assistance for passengers to and from their front door to the bus or van when
|Bereavement Support Group|
Support groups that offer emotional support for
those persons who have suffered the loss of a relative or a friend. Programs may also include counseling for
widows and widowers.
Programs that develop care
plans for the evaluation, treatment and/or care of individuals who, because of
age, illness, disability or other difficulties, are unable to arrange for
services on their own behalf; which assess the individual's needs; coordinates
the delivery of needed services; ensure that services are obtained in
accordance with the care plan; and follow up and monitor progress to ensure
that services are having a beneficial impact on the client.
Assistance such as heavy housework, yard work or sidewalk maintenance for an individual
that provide nutritious meals for senior citizens and other eligible persons
who may be at risk for nutritional deficits without assistance and who can
benefit from an opportunity to socialize with their
peers. Congregate meals are usually
served in senior centers. Provision of a noon meal which complies with the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans at a senior center or other group setting
(restaurant, senior housing, etc.). Each
meal must meet 1/3 of the current recommended dietary allowances and must be offered
on a contribution basis rather than a set fee.
Programs that specialize in
the treatment of individuals who have identified mental or emotional disorders
with the objective of helping them to eliminate or reduce the severity of their
symptoms, to mediate disturbed patterns or behavior, to promote positive
personality growth and development and to maximize the individual's ability to
function as independently as possible.
Treatment may utilize therapeutic techniques derived from one or more
theoretical counseling approaches. Note: If a counseling service is a Community
Mental Health Center, they are required to be licensed by the Iowa Department
of Inspections and Appeals.
|Home Delivered Meal:|
A meal provided to a qualified individual in his/her place of residence
Assistance such as preparing meals, shopping for personal items, managing money, using the telephone or doing light housework.
|Information and Assistance:|
A service that provides individuals with information on services available within communities and links them to appropriate services
Legal advice, counseling and representation by an attorney or other person acting under the supervision of an attorney.
Service done by a certified nutrition consultant
or a registered dietitian to create individual action plans to help adopt a
Personal assistance, supervision or cues with activities of daily living.
Services which offer temporary, substitute supports or living arrangements for care recipients in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for caregivers.
Transportation from one location to another. Does not include any other activity
An uncompensated individual who provides services or support on behalf of older individuals.