The good news is that you may qualify for
But there are free, low-stress sources of help and guidance available, and
Recently, she helped a visitor attempting to switch from private insurance to expanded
"We're not paid by the insurance companies. We're just here to give information. I do research all the time and keep up with the newest changes. People come in saying they are clueless about
She is one of 48 staffers at New Mexico Aging &
"We get about 170 inquiries per day here," Lazarin said.
The staff accepts phone and email inquiries. The resource center offices,
The mission of the department, which also offers outreach help at regional senior centers, fairs and community gatherings throughout southwestern
"We can also help family members, caregivers, neighbors and friends, even out of
The resource center roster of services is lengthy, including counseling about long-term benefit options, short-term assistance and nursing home and assisted living transitions.
Health education stresses prevention and early intervention, understanding and living with disabilities, connecting to wellness programs, and resources that can help people stay healthy and independent in their own homes, including prescription services, home-delivered meals, transportation, legal services, respite care, caregiver resources, homemaker assistance, home modifications and prescription drug assistance.
The resource center acts as an ombudsman for the aging and those with disabilities and can offer links to veterans' services and nearby senior centers. Staffers make outreach journeys to rural areas, too.
They also offer information and resources for cases involving fraud and abuse of an adult, including neglect and exploitation issues. The reporting number for adult abuse is 1-866-654-3219.
For an appointment or information about upcoming community outreach events, call the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Office at 575-647-2023 or toll-free at 1-800-762-8690. Billingual (Spanish and English) information and services are available. Free and confidential information on a variety of topics is available at 1-800-432-2080, [email protected], www.nmaging.statenm.us and www.nmresourcedirectory.org.
NMADRC can help you with the following:
--Assisted living and long-term care facilities
--Independent living centers
--Long-term services and supports
--Prescription drug assistance
--Senior centers services
Screening for extra help to assist with paying for prescription drug costs will also be provided. Bring your prescriptions, or a list of all medications you take, including the full name of the drug, the strength, and the dosage. If you cannot attend one of the enrollment events, contact the ADRC at 1-800-432-2080 for assistance.
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