As an attorney that helps people with elder care questions, I often get asked where to turn for help. New Hampshire has many resources out there to help seniors. I put together this blog as a resource for our clients and those looking for a little more direction. I hope it provides helpful resources for seniors needing elder care. We know you have a lot on your plate so feel free to reach out to any of the following agencies to get started with the assistance you need.
Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS)
The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, also referred to as “BEAS,” is an agency whose goal is to provide social and long-term support to adults age 60 and older, and adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have chronic illness or disability. Staff from BEAS can be located at the Department of Health and Human Services Offices as well as at ServiceLink Resource Centers throughout New Hampshire. BEAS coordinates long-term care support services through contracts at the local level and makes good use of their community-based provider network. To learn more, please visit the BEAS webpage here.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP’s mission is “to empower people to choose how they live as they age.” With approximately 38 million members, AARP has a wealth of membership benefits that range from deals on health insurance to travel resources. AARP began in response to the lack of health insurance available to retired people back in the late 1950s. Since then, the Association has branched out to lobbying for social change and they provide information to their members regarding special money-related information including a “fraudwatch” on its website to warn of recent scams. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member here.
ServiceLink is a program of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services that provides information to all people regarding the full range of services and supports available in a person’s community. Although it is not specifically just for elders, it has many valuable resources that benefit the aging population. ServiceLink provides one-on-one assistance to individuals who need counseling and decision support regarding long-term services and support. ServiceLink is also extremely experienced with Medicare benefits and programs and provides counseling and assistance to people with Medicare. To learn more about ServiceLink, visit their website here.
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are found across the country and are there to provide older adults, disabled persons and their family members with access to long term services and supports. New Hampshire has its own ADRC that provides information and assistance, care management, nutrition services (such as Meals on Wheels), legal assistance and services for family caregivers as well. The ADRC of New Hampshire is provided by ServiceLink mentioned above and can be accessed here.