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Services and Programs for the Aging Population



Assistive Devices, Specialized Equipment and Other Such Services
  • Assistive Devices
    Assistive devices are pieces of equipment that allow people with disabilities to function more independently. They can be simple or complex. Some examples of assistive devices include kitchen utensils with large grips, seats for the shower or bath, wheelchairs, and specialized computers. The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities has funds available for persons with disabilities to buy or rent new or used assistive devices. An assistive device must directly promote independent action or communication. Also, money is provided only when no other funds are available to cover the cost of the device.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
  • Emergency Response System
    An Emergency Response System is a device that allows a person at high risk (for example an older person who lives alone and has a health problem) to get immediate help in the event of an emergency. The person who is using the system wears a button that he or she can push if needed. The button connects electronically to the person's phone, which is programmed to send a signal to a response center. Trained professionals in the response center then carry out a series of actions to help the person in need.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
  • Home Modification
    The Home Modification Program pays for modifications (or changes) to be made to the home of a person with a physical disability. The changes are made to allow a person to move around more freely in the home. An example of a home modification is the installation of a wheelchair ramp. Modifications are made to permanent residences only. Also, funds are used only when no other funding source is available or when there is not enough money from another source to pay for the needed modifications.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
Last Updated: Friday January 16 2009
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