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19 Free and Discounted Services for Seniors and Their Caregivers

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This is my problem, when my husband died on January 27th 2005 I was left his insurance money, more money than I ever had, my daughter his stepdaughter married a good for nothing & had 6 kids with him, wouldn't work I had to help, the house needed repairs, I loaned her my money to made it liveable, well going on 14 years later she hasn't paid me back ,I need it lost everything, she is making good money now also loaned the 3 grandson's money, they are young & healthy also haven't returned my money. need to take them to court, what to do?

There many seniors, like myself, who want or need part time employment. The job market isn't age friendly. Yet you have programs and organization specializing in older employees employment. Its not what you know, it's who you know. This should be investigated.

It's heartening that these services are starting to become more available. But at present, those are still mostly token, & many areas lack a good deal of these services entirely.
Free services administered by DSHS, are very modest [read: some unrealistically small]...but "better than nothing"]; & constantly changing. States are largely broke; struggling to cut Medicaid & welfare benefits for years.
One great idea are the Medical Equipment Banks some areas have, that people who no longer need theirs, donate it to this place, for others to either get for free, or donate how much they can...& return it to the Med. Equip. Bank once done using it.
Trouble is, the one in our area of W. WA, is only open about 2 hours on _One_ day a week...try to get to that?! And, it's difficult to connect with them by calling ahead to check if they have what one needs, before taking the trip to go there. It's run by volunteers; so many organizations dependent on volunteers, have been suffering lack of enough volunteers to do the work. ALL communities need far more volunteers to keep so many services going, as well as funding.

The "free" Medicaid dental services aren't free. Nothing from the government is. When your loved one passes on, the state will come after whatever cash and/or property they had left to recoup any or all of the expense. I learned the hard way.

Great resource !! Thank you!

I have a friend who lived with me in NC, but still had a valid Driver's License with his Virginia address who had a major stroke on June 9, 2017. He has been in the hospital, assisted living facility and now a transition facility. His oldest is in charge of his medicaid funds and wants him to come and stay with me for a month, but says there are no funds for food for the month of Jan. 2018. I am concerned by this...what should I do?

Is there a program that can help with fixture in your home..crack ,falling ceilings.,,paint

My 87 year old aunt wants to stay in her home, but has no one that can live with her. Her only daughter passed recently, her only grand daughter has a new born and a six yr old, she nor I can leave our homes long term to care for her. She would like to find someone to live in her home to assist her in exchange for rent, etc. How do I found people that are willing to do this?

Help. I'm a 74 year old widow living on Social Security alone. I have sought information from a local Roofer who gave me an estimate to replace my roof. The temporary calculation is $7,260 for a flat roof. However, the Insurance Company will only allow $2,951.42 because of the 20-30 year age of the roof and the fact that unknowingly, I signed up for a Less Non-recoverable Depreciation. So out of $8,543.74, the Insurance Co has deducted $4,517.32 and plus Less Deductible $1,075.00. The Contractor suggests that I not allow the Insurance Adjuster to know how much he is charging for his estimation. The Insurance Adjuster warns if the Roofer charges more than $2,951.42 to let him know so that he can review the itemized charges and exactly what will be done and give me financial advice. I am not to allow the Roofer this. I'm caught between two warnings and I don't know who to trust. The Insurance Co. is dogmatic with their advice. Please help me. YNajera

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I have been taking care of my mother that had a stroke a year-and-a-half ago and I am yet to have any help. I am her son and the only person in the family left and it's very overwhelming to not have any help. She does have disability and Medicaid and we live in North Carolina but still can't seem to get help