As a senior citizen living in the state of Wisconsin, there are several resources available to you that you may and may not know about.
Below is a list of the top resources including information on housing, transportation, health, wellness & safety, grocery & prescription delivery, and volunteer opportunities available for Wisconsin seniors.
Health, Wellness & Safety
Below, you’ll find health, wellness and safety resources for seniors living in Wisconsin.
If you’re looking for services not listed in this guide, here is a list of health service hotlines for various departments within Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services.
Seniors eligible for Medicaid have access to a wide range of programs to help maintain their quality of life. The programs offer everything from long-term care to resources for aging independently, as well as volunteer opportunities and so much more.
General Phone: 608-266-1865
TTY Phone Number: 711 or 800-947-3529
IRIS is a self-guided program that allows those in need of long-term care to take more control over their lives. Those enrolled are given a budget for their care services and, from there, are able to choose their own services based on their individual needs.
General Phone: 888-515-4747
PACE provides long-term care services to seniors by developing a comprehensive team of professionals to give coordinated care that allows individuals to continue living in their community, rather than transferring into a nursing home.
General Phone: 608-266-1865
TTY Phone: 711 or 800-947-3529
Adult Protective Services aids elders and other at-risk adults who are being abused, neglected, or exploited. The program can step in when necessary to prevent further harm and will provide more resources for long-term healing.
General Phone: 608-266-1865
TTY Phone: 711 or 800-947-3529
This department serves adults who are blind or visually impaired to meet their individual needs and allow them to continue living independently, rather than in a care facility. They provide access to technology trainings, group visits, and more to provide a community for those in need.
General Phone: 888-879-0017
The office for the deaf and hard of hearing provides aid from help securing proper benefits to understanding the rights and laws for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Through the office, individuals also have access to technology trainings and service funds for proper equipment.
General Phone: 855-359-5252
The commissioner of insurance is in place for those at or past retirement age to help ensure that individuals have the proper benefits in place to maintain their quality of life. The office has resources to navigate health, disability, life, and auto insurance for seniors.
General Phone: 608-266-3585
This nonprofit organization works to help seniors navigate all the resources available to them throughout 70 counties in Wisconsin. They provide technical assistance, training, and advocacy to ensure that the programs provided to seniors are quality and all needs are met.
General Phone 608-243-5670
Housing Assistance & Support
Seniors can find housing support through the Department of Health services if they are experiencing homelessness. This agency will help them find and sustain stable housing to elevate and maintain their quality of life.
Driving & Transportation
The state of Wisconsin offer rides, bus tickets or money for gas for non-emergency medical appointments. To find out more, visit Wisconsin.gov.
The department of transportation provides a list of resources for aging drivers to understand the laws and make sure that they are remaining safe while on the road. The department will help guide seniors through how to drive safely or offer alternatives to driving in some circumstances.
General Phone 608-266-2327
The department of transportation also has a program to provide financial assistance to those who find themselves unable to drive safely anymore. This program provides safe and accessible transportation services to those who are aging or have a disability.
General Phone: 608-264-7447
Questions about 85.21 Program, Call 608-266-1128.
Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for seniors in Wisconsin to get involved in the community and continue to give back independently. Serve Wisconsin provides a comprehensive list of opportunities for aging adults.
Prescription & Grocery Delivery in Wisconsin
Several pharmacies throughout Wisconsin offer free prescription medication deliveries on a variety of eligible medications to help serve those who may not have access to safe and accessible transportation to pick up the medications themselves.
CVS offers prescription delivery to customers who are signed up for text alerts or have the app. When you are notified that your prescription is ready, simply choose the delivery option. You can even select auto-delivery at checkout for future orders.
Walgreens offers home prescription delivery services for any customers who need them. You can get up to a 90-day supply and even opt-in for automatic refills if you are eligible.
Walmart offers free standard shipping on its prescription delivery services and will deliver to your home or office. They also offer convenient grocery delivery services for anyone who needs to save time or energy.
Pharmacy Phone: 1-800-2REFILL (800-273-3455)
Woodman’s delivers groceries directly to your home. With an easy-to-use website, you can filter by category and select the food items you’re looking for. You can also use the search function to search for a specific grocery item.
Additional National Resources Available
Here is a list of resources available to Wisconsin seniors provided by national entities and organizations.
Choosing the right nursing home requires careful consideration for an individual’s short term and long-term needs. The NIH provides guides and resources for seniors to choose the nursing home or care facility that will work best for them.
In addition to nursing homes, there are plenty of other long-term care options for seniors. The Medicare website has an extensive list of options that an individual may choose from, as well as guides on how to select which option is best.
Over 12 million people are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicaid website has resources that provide guidance on the specific benefits for each individual and how to use them.
Elderly veterans are eligible for additional benefits from the VA, beyond those available to all veterans. These benefits include home aid, long term care assistance, community service programs, and more. The agency also has resources to help determine eligibility.
For a list of skilled nursing facilities that accept the VA contract, please visit our page here.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides several programs that distribute health information for seniors and tools for staying healthy as an individual ages. There is also an elder care locator that connects individuals to service providers in their area.
The CDC has data and research available on nursing home trends in the United States, such as licensure, for-profit vs nonprofit, and more. The agency’s data finder has 49 trend tables to track the most pertinent details of facilities across the country.
The Senior Companion program offers grants to organizations across the country to help better engage the local elderly community in service projects. The goal is to expand the participation of those 60 and older in volunteer opportunities.
The Senior Nutrition program’s goal is to reduce food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition among the elderly population. It also works to enhance socialization and promote healthy habits in older adults.
The Alzheimer’s Associate boosts global research and promotes early detection for the disease. It also helps connect families and individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia with resources they need to continue to maintain the best quality of life.
AARP’s mission is to empower people as they age. The organization provides a variety of resources for seniors, from health and wellness to tax aid and career searches at both a national and local level.
Seniors who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger can benefit from Meals on Wheels, which operates over 5,000 community-based programs throughout the country to help not only deliver nutritious meals but also provide seniors with a sense of community.
The National Council on Aging offers an age well planner offers highly personalized resources and tools to help older adults. These include connecting individuals with the proper assistance programs as well as tips for financial and physical wellness.
The Family Caregiver Alliance provides services to the family caregivers of older adults with physical and cognitive disabilities including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The agency helps families with care planning, wellness programs, legal representation, and more.
AmeriCorps Seniors provides individuals 55 and older with a chance to serve the community. Some of the AmeriCorps programs include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the Foster Grandparents Program.
This is a collaborative initiative to help streamline long term care for aging and disabled adults. The organization coordinates with state and federal programs to ensure that individuals are receiving the most comprehensive care possible.
The elder care locator doesn’t just provide aging adults and their families locate care facilities. It also connects families with transportation, insurance and benefits, housing, and other support services they may need.
The National Institute on Aging is a resource for research and information on aging populations in the United States. Individuals can find a range of health information available on the NIH’s National Institute on Aging website.
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