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NPCC Retired Citizen Services
There are many private, religious and government organizations across the country that provide supportive services for our Retired Citizens. The NPCC goes the extra mile when it comes to those who have led our communities for years and are now retired or have moved on to new avenues of service. Our services center around helping people stays in their homes and avoid having to go to live in an institution or perhaps move in with family. Because of the emphasis on helping people remain independent, many of our community programs could be viewed as long-term care programs. In fact it’s probably just a matter of semantics; long-term care and community Retired Citizen services are just two sides of the same coin. Other NPCC community services may provide socialization or training opportunities.
Some of the NPCC Retired Citizen Programs will include:
Meals served in community centers or delivered to the home
Community Retired Center activities and training
Transportation and shopping services for people who can’t drive or leave their homes
Home repairs, snow shoveling, telephone support, caregiver support, care management, legal services, energy and weatherization services, housing subsidies, home health care, counseling and much more
Adult day care
Protection from abuse
Help with health insurance and government entitlement programs
Private support groups, women’s auxiliaries or foundations. Many religious communities support activities for their elderly members as well as nonmembers. The NPCC will always work together with both private and religious groups to provide services for free to people with little income and few assets. From time to time we my charge people for services who have adequate income or assets. The NPCC does include in its long range planning the opening of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that will break all standards and norms for those types of facilities.
NPCC Retired Citizen Centers will not only focus on Retired Citizens services in a community, but will work closely with experts and professionals that know the way that Retired centers should operate and can provide many services in the center itself or refer out to other organizations that can help. The NPCC will also have community served meals or congregate meals in senior centers. This will in turn attracting others to the older people into the centers. Retired Citizens can then be exposed to the many services that are available.
Government support for Retired Services began with the Older Americans Act, passed in 1965. This act, over the years, has produced a large network of care providers and local government managers called Area Agencies on Aging. This network also includes federal agencies, state agencies as well as local area agencies and is called the “national aging network”. Although currently area agencies on aging do not usually track and direct people to non-government services, in the future, the Government intends on being the single source coordinator of all aging services in the community. However, the NPCC is not and will not ever wait for any government agency or law to begin taking action. So, if you’re looking for any services in the community simply contact your local NPCC office.
The NPCC feels the Older Americans Act has some value
The decade from 1960 to 1970 was a period of social unrest and change. We lived through an unpopular war which resulted in student protests and mass demonstrations. Hippies, it seems, were everywhere and we were experiencing the so-called sexual revolution. It was an exciting time when civil rights were being extended to all Americans.
During this same period a number of organizations were lobbying Congress for the rights of older Americans. An outcome of this effort was not only the 1965 creation of Medicare and Medicaid but also the passage of the Older Americans Act. The act was designed to protect elderly Americans, including Indians, from unfair discrimination in the workforce as well as providing protection and services to help older people stay independent and remain in their homes.
The NPCC’s study on aging represents geographic areas in a state that can be serviced effectively by that local NPCC. The NPCC Retired Citizen’s Programs normally contract with local for profit or nonprofit or public providers to deliver benefits. The NPCC is allowed to provide directly, supportive services, nutrition services, or in-home services if it can prove a case for providing these services more effectively. We will also provide directly, case management services and information and assistance services depending on the methods used for such services in that state. The NPCC may also use employees from cooperating or sponsoring counties or cities to staff and administer programs such as senior centers. Much of the work performed comes from dedicated NPCC Members who are both individuals and employer sponsored teams. The entire NPCC Retired Citizen network seems to work very well in accomplishing the goals for Retired Citizens in our communities.
The local NPCC has become adept in the technique of “targeting”. There is no mass media advertising for Retired Citizen services. As a result, much of the general public is unaware of the availability of these services. Requests for benefits from the NPCC usually come from referrals from state social service units, elder care service groups, doctor’s offices, and religious groups, contacts at elder fairs, lectures, encounter groups or providers of services. Everyone involved in the NPCC referral network is well aware of the restrictions of funding and it is unlikely anyone with sufficient assets or income would be referred.
All of our NPCC locations will participate in “cost sharing” on all NPCC Sservices certain other services such as supportive programs in the home, thus making these services available to anyone as well. In this case a person’s income can be asked for and services can be provided on a sliding scale, cost-sharing basis tied to income.
Or as Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. It’s an age old problem and occurs in many forms in the community. For instance, spending money on drug prevention programs is usually more cost effective than treating or incarcerating drug users. Programs to keep people healthy are much cheaper than paying for expensive medical treatments. Educating our youth and equipping them to be productive, taxpaying citizens is much less costly than providing welfare support.
So, the NPCC will continue to be in front of issues in our communities. We ill continue to wisely use your NPCC funds to provide the HELP that our NPCC Retired Citizens need.
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