The Department of Senior Affairs, in collaboration with the Area Agency on Aging, provides many social service programs for frail and/or homebound elderly that enable them to continue living independently in their homes as long as feasible.
First Stop: Referrals must be obtained through the Department of Senior Affairs' Senior Information Line at (505) 764-6400.
Care Coordination provides a comprehensive in-home assessment to determine the needs of frail elders followed by linkage with appropriate services throughout the community. Care Coordinators arrange for in-home services such as home- delivered meals, homemakers (non-medical homecare), in-home respite care, mental health counseling, and Senior Companions. Please call (505) 764-6400.
STAR-C is an in home education program. It is designed to help caregivers recognize troublesome behaviors that people with dementia often have. STAR-C helps caregivers see that these activities do not occur “out of the blue,” but are a result of specific causes and consequences. Please call (505) 764-6400.
For homeowners aged 60 and older, annual yard work, painting and other needed chores are provided. Donations are requested. Please call (505) 764-6400.
Area Agency on Aging Contract Programs
Visit the Area Agency on Aging online at www.nmaging.state.nm.us
Senior Citizens' Law Office (SCLO)
The Senior Citizens' Law Office provides free legal services to Bernalillo County elderly aged 60+ in civil (non-criminal) cases. Services are targeted to older persons with the greatest economic and social needs and are provided by appointment. Legal clinics are held at some senior centers. Donations are requested. Please call (505) 265-2300.
ASSESSMENT/Screening Medication Management
The UNM College of Nursing offers a variety of health care services to Bernalillo County seniors aged 55+ at clinics held in four senior centers. The program assists seniors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and independence. Nominal fees are charged for foot care and fitness physicals. Clinics are closed between semesters. Please see the Activities Catalog for a schedule of visits.
Non-medical homecare services are available to frail homebound Bernalillo County seniors aged 60 and older who are unable to perform two or more Activities of Daily Living and who have limited income and assets. Services may include light housekeeping, personal care, and errands. Transportation is not provided. Care Coordinators from the Department of Senior Affairs conduct in-home assessments to determine eligibility. Please call (505) 764-6400.
In-Home Respite Care
In-Home Respite Care provides limited relief to full-time caregivers of frail, homebound Bernalillo County seniors aged 60+ who have an Alzheimer's or related dementia problem. The family income must be below $30,000 annually. Care Coordinators from the Department of Senior Affairs do a comprehensive assessment to determine the family's eligibility. Please call (505) 764-6400.
Senior Day Care Services
The Senior Day Care program provides a supportive environment for frail elders aged 60 and older to reduce isolation, prevent premature institutionalization, and provide respite for caregivers. Five senior day care sites are available throughout the city. Suggested donations, cost sharing scale fee, or private pay.