Area Agency on Aging has a long history of helping older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers in Tarrant County. As part of a network of 629 Area Agencies nationwide and one of 28 in the state of Texas, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our Tarrant County community and empowering people to thrive independently by:

  • Creating and implementing innovative, exemplary services
  • Advocating for individuals and families and connecting them to resources that focus on healthy living
  • Establishing and maintaining support and partnerships for our communities

When talking with our Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-888-730-ADRC (2372), we offer free advice about:

  • Understanding behavioral and emotional aspects of aging
  • Helping with caregiver needs
  • Learning about eligibility requirements for benefits
  • Navigating the system
  • Calling for information and referrals
  • Eating meals at senior centers or delivering meals in homes
  • Understanding resident rights in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Helping with home safety modifications
  • Maintaining health

Find additional information at tarrantcountyadrc.org.

Below, you will find an overview of our benefits counseling, caregiver/respite care, and evidence-based programs.

Benefits Counseling

In addition to the services listed above, we help older adults, their families, and their caregivers navigate through the decisions they must make about long-term care and health care options. The Area Agency on Aging answers questions about:

  • Long-term care options
  • Recent Medicare changes
  • Prescription drug coverage options
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Preparing advance directives
  • Opportunities for extra help
  • Other available benefits

For free, detailed information about eligibility requirements and community resources, call 817-258-8125.

Caregiver/Respite Care

Every day, thousands of people care for an ill, frail, or disabled friend or family member. Helping someone manage their daily activities is demanding both physically and emotionally, and many times this is a long-term responsibility. The Area Agency on Aging answers questions about:

  • Respite care
  • Coping skills
  • Long-term care planning
  • Medicare and Medicaid eligibility
  • Other community resources

Evidence-Based Programs

Evidence-based programs (EBPs) offer proven ways to prevent disease among older adults and promote health. All of our programs are based on research, so you can be confident they work. We offer the following evidence-based programs:

  • A Matter of Balance – an eight-week falls prevention class
  • HomeMeds – a medication safety program
  • Stanford Chronic Disease-Self Management – a six-week diabetes information workshop
  • Care Transitions Intervention – a hospital discharge patient program
  • Advanced Care Transitions – a hospital discharge patient program for patients and their caregivers
  • Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) – a depression management program for elderly adults

For more information about services offered, call: Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1-888-730-ADRC (2372) or visit tarrantcountyadrc.org.

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

An ombudsman advocates for quality of life and care for people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. After moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility, a resident may need help to continue a life of dignity, respect, choice and as much independence as possible. A long-term care ombudsman:

  • Listens
  • Visits residents
  • Offer ideas and options
  • Help resolve concerns that affect residents
  • Protects resident’s rights
  • Promotes resident-directed care
  • Informs government agencies and the public about the interest and needs of residents

For more information about services offered or on becoming a volunteer ombudsman, call 817-258-8102.

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