Never Too Late - November/December 2023

Rights & Benefits Information ALTCS Workshops

Learn about the Arizona Long Term Care System, including what it is, what it takes to be eligible for the program, and what kinds of services are available once a person becomes eligible. This workshop is a great place to start when you are considering ALTCS for yourself or for a loved one.

Rural Home Access Program Offers Free Home Assessments & Improvements toilet, lighting, shower chairs/ benches, anti-slip floor coating). “There is a strong link between health and homes,” notes Lupita Munoz, Home Access Administrator at Direct

Direct Advocacy & Resource Center expands its 30-year-old Home Access Program to rural areas in eight counties to promote home safety and aging in place. The Rural Home Access Program offers assistance to homeowners ages 62+ with low to moderate household income (up to 80% area median income). Falling once doubles an individual’s chances of a repeat incident, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which also identifies about 36 million falls among older adults each year. The Joint Center of Harvard University reports that nearly half of older adults age in low density or rural areas – many who need financial assistance to make accessibility and safety changes to their homes. The Rural Home Access Program is free for eligible beneficiaries and includes individualized home assessments and low-cost, high-impact safety solutions (e.g., grab bars, handrails/ railings, comfort-height

Please join us in person Date: December 19 (Please note a change of date for the December workshop.) Location: The Katie | 600 S Country Club Rd Please join us on Zoom from your computer, tablet, or phone Date: November 9 Registration is required for both the in person workshop and online webinar. To register , go to: , or call Donna DeLeon at (520) 305-3450. In January workshops will resume the second Thursday of each month 2:30 – 4 p.m. Second Thursday of each month 2:30 – 4 p.m. Location may be subject to change. Eventbrite registration will reflect the most up-to- date location information. The webinar is available by telephone or via Zoom on a computer or smart device.

Advocacy & Resource Center. “We help older adults make their homes safe so they can avoid unnecessary admittance to nursing facilities or assisted living. Everyone should have the opportunity to live in their own homes – for life.” Funding for the Rural Home Access Program is through the Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Anyone interested in applying for the Rural Home Access Program, or for more information on home safety/ aging in place, should contact Direct Advocacy & Resource Center:, (520) 561-8777, 711 National Relay.

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Pima Council on Aging

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