"My mom and dad have always taken care of me...but now I am worried about them. They are sick a lot and just seem frail..."
"Since my Dad's stroke several months ago, I don't feel comfortable with him living alone anymore. We both agree that an assisted living facility would be the best solution..."
"My husband and I can't drive anymore and need to find information about transportation options so that we can stay independent..."
"My grandma is on a very limited income and cannot afford the new medicine that her doctor prescribed. She needs information about prescription assistance..."
"I am exhausted between work and caring for my mom. I need a little help..."
Where would you start if you were faced with one of these scenarios?
Answers to these and similar questions are as simple as the click of the mouse when you use SeniorNavigator, a free public service that connects seniors, their caregivers, and professionals with local services available in the community.
The website, www.seniornavigator.org, features over 26,000 programs and services that are consolidated into one easy access point. These resources address health and aging issues, financial concerns, legal questions, caregiving support, housing and assisted living facilities, and more. More than just an on-line telephone book listing, the site provides information such as: hours of operation, methods of payment, languages spoken, available transportation, eligibility requirements and more. Additionally, there are hundreds of up-to-date articles and over 2,000 links to other aging support websites.
In addition, SeniorNavigator also offers an "Ask an Expert" feature on the website. Consumers are invited to anonymously ask questions that are particularly challenging and for which they have not been able to find an answer. Questions like, "How do I tell my father that I don't think he should be driving anymore?" or "What do I do when my mother, who has Alzheimer's, wanders around the house in the middle of the night?" In response, SeniorNavigator sends the questions to one or more of 58 experts who volunteer for the organization and an answer will be delivered within several days.
For those of you who like to find information the good, old fashioned way, SeniorNavigator is not just on-line, it is in your community too. Across Virginia, hospitals, libraries, clinics, Area Agencies on Aging, schools, senior centers, and churches have volunteered to serve as Navigator Centers. These Centers make it possible for all Virginians to locate free health and aging information regardless of income or locality. Specifically designed for individuals without a home computer or Internet access, all of the community-based Centers have trained staff who use the SeniorNavigator website to assist seniors and caregivers in obtaining information about support services.
SeniorNavigator is a 501c3, non-profit organization designed to provide vital support to those struggling to find help with elder care in Virginia. For more information about local services or to find the Navigator Center nearest you, visit www.seniornavigator.orgor call 804-525-7728, toll-free 1-866-393-0957.