Thursday, July 1, 2010

State provides options for seniors

Information provided by Emily Currey, South Dakota Department of Social Services

The State of South Dakota, through its South Dakota Department of Social Services, provides programs that allow South Dakota senior citizens to continue to live independent lives while maintaining family and community ties.
The Division of Adult Services and Aging (ASA) provides services for adults age 60 and over and to adults age 18 and over with physical disabilities who are determined eligible for the various programs. Specialists evaluate each persons needs and respond to inquiries or requests for services.
Different programs include:
Adult Protective Services provides assistance to individuals residing in the community who are at risk of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or self neglect.
Caregiver Program provides assistance to caregivers who assist individuals with the tasks of daily living. ASA specialists can provide current information on opportunities and services available in your community and direct you to the appropriate resources.
In-Home Services makes it possible for older adults to live in their homes or return to their homes by providing assistance with tasks they are unable to manage on their own. Services may include: assistance with bathing, laundry, housekeeping, nursing services, emergency response services, assistive devices, medical supplies, and nutrition.
Ombudsman Program was established to advocate for and protect the rights or residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. ASA specialists serve as advocates for facility residents and investigate and work towards the resolution of their complaints. All reports and inquiries are confidential.
Senior Companion Program provides companionship and in-home assistance to older adults and those with disabilities. Services are provided, regardless of income.
For more information, please contact the Department of Social Services at 605-773-3656 or toll free 1-866-854-5465 or visit the department’s web site at

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