Free & Low Cost Services
The following information lists several low cost or free services for seniors in our community. We couldn’t list all the services available, so if you don’t see the information you need, please call the DRCOG Area Agency on Aging at 303.455.1000 or our office at 303.798.7642.
Mile High United Way 2-1-1- Help Center
Call 2-1-1-to get information about food, housing, rent/utility aid, emergency shelter, clothing, transportation assistance, medical and dental care, prescriptions, mental health and home repairs.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Creative Care Café
Koelbel Library hosts the Creative Care Café twice a month on Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Enjoy fun activities, learn about different community resources, and enjoy tasty refreshments. Call 303.542.7279 for more information. www.arapahoelibraries.org.
Hearing and Visually Impaired
These organizations provide aids for people who are hearing and visually impaired.
Talking books is a free service for individuals who have difficulty reading due to poor vision, difficulty holding a book or sitting up for long periods of time. You will receive an audio player, books and magazines. Application must be signed by a professional, such as a doctor, nurse, librarian or social worker, to certify you have a vision problem or physical limitation. Applications available online at www.myctbl.org or call Colorado Talking Book Library at 1.800.685.2136.
Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Home signaling devices are available for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing that use a strobe light, rather than a noise, to let you know if the doorbell or phone is ringing, or if your smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off. These home systems can be customized to your needs and preferences. For more information, please contact JoAnne Hirsch at 303. 866.2097. www.ccdhh.com.
Audio Information Network of Colorado
AINC provides audio access to nearly 100 Colorado newspapers, grocery discount ads, magazines and other local publications to blind, visually impaired and print disabled individuals. Service available 24/7. You can listen via digital receivers provided by AINC, telephone or Internet. aincolorado.org
Home Library Services
Arapahoe Libraries (303.542.7279) www.arapahoelibraries.org and Jefferson County Public Library (303.275.6173) jeffcolibrary.org will deliver books to your home either through the mail or by person. They will also suggest books of interest to you. Interested in joining a book club over the phone? Jefferson County also offers mystery, general fiction, science fiction/fantasy, gentle reads and non-fiction book clubs, and you don’t need to live in Jefferson County to participate.
Home Maintenance and Repairs
Contact these organizations if you need help fixing things in your home.
Safety of Seniors Handyman Program
They provide a free safety assessment in your home, install non-slip surfaces in your tub or shower, install grab bars in the bathroom, install a raised toilet seat adapter, and regulate your hot water heater. Cost of labor is free; cost of material varies depending on your eligibility. Please call Volunteers of America at 303.297.0408 and ask for the Safety of Seniors Handyman Program. www.voacolorado.org.
Arapahoe County Community Resources Chore Services
Free for seniors over age 60. Helps adults live independently in their own homes by assisting with non-routine heavy duty chores. This includes assistance in cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering, spring or fall yard and patio clean up and washing windows. 303.738.8089. www.co.arapahoe.co.us
These organizations provide help with chores, cleaning, and personal aid in your home.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
Provides light housekeeping, laundry, linen changing and light meals preparation and grocery shopping. In addition, homemakers offer companionship to isolated homebound older adults. Sliding scale fee based on income. 303.597-5000, ext. 4601. www.jewishfamilyservice.org.
Visiting Nurse Association
Free in-home care services provides non-medical care to individuals in their own home. Assistance with daily household chores, such as laundry and errands, as well as personal care assistance, such as bathing, dressing, etc. 303.698.6399. www.vnacolorado.org.
Arapahoe County Homemaker Services
This service is available for individuals living in Arapahoe County. Homemaker services can include general routine light cleaning on a biweekly basis for 1.5 hours. Such services include: Doing laundry, changing bed linens, general cleaning. You must meet income guidelines to be eligible. 303.738.8089. www.co.arapahoe.co.us.
Seniors’ Resource Center
This service is available for individuals living in Jefferson County. Provides non-medical personal care and homemaking services to help older adults remain independent and living in their homes. Please call for eligibility. 303.238.8151. www.srcaging.org.
Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Benefits
Nutrition & Healthy Eating
SNAP Benefits, Local Food Banks and Congregate Meals
Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado has a food resource hotline that provides one-on-one assistance with applying for food stamps (SNAP) as well as referrals to food pantries, congregate and free meals. You can call the food hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 720.382.2920. www.hungerfreecolorado.org
There are several types of transportation services available to seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Denver Metro area. These include:
Fixed routes, such as RTD, which run on a regular schedule.
Low-cost rides you schedule in advance that will take to a location of your choice, usually a medical appointment. For Arapahoe County, call Seniors’ Resource Center at 303.235.6972. For Jefferson County, call 303.235.6972.
Organizations that rely on volunteers and require that you schedule your trip in advance.
Aid and Attendant Pension
As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, this program for veterans and their surviving spouses helps supplement the cost of long term care either in home, at assisted living or nursing care communities. 877.883.8387. www.benefits.va.gov.
Colorado Gerontology Society
Call the Colorado Gerontology Society at 303.333.3482 for general information on benefits available to Veterans. senioranswers.org.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and very few treat it. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. We specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Our services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members, and we have a Navy Veteran representative, Carl Jewett, always available to help over the phone. www.mesotheliomaguide.com/veterans/.
If you don’t see the information you are looking for, please call DRCOG Area Agency on Aging at 303.455.1000 or our office at 303.798.7642.