Our Services

Supportive Services

Health, Prevention & Wellness

Family Caregiver Support

Older Worker Employment Program

Elder Justice & Adult Protective Services

Medicare support

Private Pay for Services

Supportive Services

Supportive services are key to helping older adults maintain their long-term independence. With the help of access services (e.g., transportation, case management, information and assistance), in-home services (e.g., personal care, chore and homemaker assistance) and community services (e.g., mental health services, adult day care), individuals can prevent early institutionalization and instead continue living at home or in their community of choice.

The LifeLong Links network is an integral part of Elderbridge’s service delivery. The goals of the program are to:

  • Raise public awareness about the full range of long-term living options available in Iowa;
  • Provide objective information, advice, counseling and assistance;
  • Equip Iowans with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions about aging in place; and
  • Connect Iowans to public and private service providers and programs at the local level.

Benefits to Older Iowans
LifeLong Links provides unbiased, reliable information and counseling to a wide range of consumers – including older Iowans – to help them obtain long-term supports and services in the most desirable and appropriate setting available.

Information and Assistance Program

The Elderbridge Information and Assistance Program offers donation-based information on community services.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Case Management

Elderbridge provides the service of Case Management, which is designed to promote and support the independent living of older Iowans by helping them coordinate the home and community-based services and supports they need.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Iowa Return To Community

Elderbridge's Return to Community is currently a pilot program in Spencer and surrounding area. 

Sometimes it’s hard to return home from a hospital or nursing home stay. Elderbridge’s Return to Community program can help you make a transition back home easier. Elderbridge can provide you a coach to advocate for and support your return home through coordination of services. Your coach will check in on you within 2-5 days of your return back home and will contact you regularly for up to 90 days. They will see how you’re feeling and if you have any concerns with your care plan services such as;

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Transportation to a congregate meal site to eat with others
  • Make phone calls to ensure that medications are available to you
  • Schedule doctor appointments and transportation
  • Arrange for home cleaning, chore services, or personal care in your home
  • Arrange installation of safety bars, a lifeline, ramps, and more
  • Help you run errands, shop, attend doctor appointments with you or anything else necessary for you to return and stay safe in your home

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Health, Prevention & Wellness

Health, prevention and wellness programs are critical to ensuring that older Iowans are informed about and have access to services and evidence-based activities that can significantly improve their health, function and quality of life and reduce the need for more costly medical interventions.

Benefits to Older Iowans
Studies have found that the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program promotes good health, improves nutritional status and increases socialization among participants.

Nutrition

Meals

Congregate Meals are hot, nutritious meals served to you in a community setting. Home Delivered Meals are hot, nutritious meals served to you at home if unable to visit the congregate meal site.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Nutrition Education

We have collaborated with the ISU Extension office to provide the Words on Wellness (WOW) newsletter to our meal site participants that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Get reliable, research-based information about nutrition, exercise, and food safety.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Nutrition Counseling

We have a registered/licensed dietitian and a licensed dietitian on staff who are able to answer your nutrition-related questions in a one-on-one or group setting.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Fresh Conversations

A nutrition education program designed to support healthy aging and independence. Each month, Iowans aged 60 and older gather in communities across Iowa to discuss current nutrition and health topics, taste low-cost healthy recipes, and discover new ways to stay active and independent.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Falls Prevention and Evidence Based
Workshops teach you how to prevent falls and improve your overall health and well-being. Falls are a significant concern for Iowans, especially among the aging population. One out of every three adults aged 65 or older falls each year. Unintentional fall-related injuries and deaths are on the rise in Iowa and, for older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths.

Benefits to Older Iowans

Elderbridge works to educate older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers about a variety of evidence-based falls prevention programs available in communities across the state. These programs can help participants increase their awareness of fall hazards and improve their physical strength and balance to reduce their risk of falling.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise program that promotes strength, flexibility and balance. This is a low-impact, relaxing form of exercise that is ideal for older individuals. Tai Chi classes are suitable for those with arthritis and other medical conditions, anyone wanting to improve balance and coordination, and/or those wanting to maintain or improve mobility.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Walk with Ease

No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk with Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is a fall/injury prevention program that targets older adults who have sustained falls in the past.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Steppin On

The “Stepping On” fall prevention program covers a wide range of topics, including vision, home hazards, medicines and practical exercises to improve strength and balance.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Family Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support Groups provide you with an opportunity to connect with other family caregivers.
Training & Education provides information that will assist you in your caregiving role.
Respite Care offers temporary, substitute supports for your care recipient in order to provide you with a break.

Benefits to Older Iowans
The Family Caregiver Program works to provide family caregivers with the resources they need to enhance and extend their ability to care for a loved one.

Information & Assistance

Information about services available to help caregivers in their role (e.g., chore services, home-delivered meals, adult day care)
Assistance in identifying service needs
Referrals to local service providers

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Counseling & Education

Counseling/personal assistance to help caregivers’ sort through challenges and identify possible solutions
Organization of peer support groups
Caregiver training to assist caregivers in the areas of health, nutrition and financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems relating to caregiving roles.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Respite Care Services

Information about respite care services to temporarily relieve caregivers from their caregiving responsibilities
Assistance in finding resources to pay for respite care

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Older Worker Employment Program

A growing number of older Iowans are choosing to join or stay in the workforce well past the traditional retirement age. But whether they are working by choice or out of economic necessity, many find the job market to be quite challenging. Older workers take twice as long as younger workers to find employment.

Benefits of the Older Worker Employment Program

Research shows that people who work into the latter half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization.

  • Gain employment in the 29-county area.
  • Vocational Assessments
  • Job-Seeking Skills
  • Orientation to a New Job
  • Job Retention

Elder Justice & Adult Protective Services

Elder Abuse Prevention & Awareness provides support to you if you are at-risk of or experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Counseling/personal assistance to help caregivers' sort through challenges and identify possible solutions

Benefits to Older Iowans

This program works to provide education and develop programs and policies that can prevent elder abuse in any of its forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, financial exploitation, denial of critical care and self-neglect

Elder Rights

The goal of the Elder Rights Program is to address and focus on prevention, intervention, detection and reporting elder abuse, neglect and exploitation by presenting the senior consumer with options to enhance and protect their life and independence.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Legal Aid

Legal Assistance can offer you legal advice, counseling, or representation on elder rights issues.

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Medicare Support

Benefits Enrollment Center

The Center for Benefits Access focuses on connecting Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes access to core benefits and much more:
Core benefits for people with Medicare
Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy
Medicare Savings Program
Medicaid
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly Food Stamps)
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

MIPPA

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers (MIPPA)

The Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) program supports states and tribes through grants to provide outreach and assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries to apply for benefit programs that help to lower the costs of their Medicare premiums and deductibles. MIPPA grants provide targeted funding to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP), Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC). Grantees help educate beneficiaries about the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program for Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), and Medicare Preventive Services. This initiative includes special efforts to target rural areas and Native American elders.

LIS is administered by the Social Security Administration. This program helps lower Medicare Part D prescription drug costs including premiums, deductibles, and the costs of drugs on the plan’s formulary for individuals who meet the program’s income and resource eligibility requirements.

MSPs are administered by state Medicaid agencies. The program has four levels of benefits: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), Qualifying Individual (QI), and Qualified Working Disabled Individual (QDWI). MSPs help pay the Medicare Part B premium for beneficiaries who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If eligible for QMB, beneficiaries receive assistance to pay their Medicare Parts A/B deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.

MIPPA grantees also educate the community about Medicare Preventive Services, which provides exams and screenings such as the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit, yearly “Wellness” visits, flu shots, cardiovascular screenings, and more. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends beneficiaries speak with their healthcare providers to find out how often certain exams and screenings are needed to stay healthy.  

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Medicare Savings Progams

The Medicare Savings Programs includes four separate programs

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Private Pay for Services

Elderbridge has a purchase of service plan that offers customized assistance and services to any adults ages 18 and above, regardless of disability or income level.

Home Again Transitional Care

Evaluation of needs
Identification of barriers
Successful transition back home

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Homemeds

HomeMeds is a software screening program
Prescriptions, herbals and supplements are entered into the program
Alerts are triggered by drug to drug interaction or multiple drug therapies
Alert is sent to a consulting pharmacist
Pharmacist brings significant problems to the attention of their physicians.
Doctor makes necessary changes

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Care Coordination

Evaluation of needs
Identification of barriers
Successful transition back home

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Healthcare Visit Companion

Transportation and companionship to medical appointments
Advocates for care
Ensures understanding of prescribed treatment

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Home Safety Assessment

Identify potential fall and safety hazards
Recommendations made to address barriers and improve safety

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.

Errand Buddy

Shopping
Hair salon appointment
Banking
Coffee or meal outings
Family functions
Airport drop off/pick up
Gym or healthy living classes
Other non-medical engagements

For more information contact Elderbridge Agency at (800) 243-0678.