Many free services available for seniors

The purpose of the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is to provide free counseling and community education on Medicare, Medicare Part D, managed care, and other health insurance issues. If you wish to access this service, you may contact your local senior center to make an appointment or contact 477-7310. For additional HICAP resources or information, please call HICAP (805) 477-7310 or 1-800-434-0222.

Health Insurance Information and Assistance

Agencies offer assistance with filling out forms, submitting bills, and completing other paperwork necessary for reimbursement

The Ventura Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) has a wealth of information available from tips for Family Caregivers, Senior Nutrition, guides to good health, and much, much more. Some resources are available online at “Pamphlets & Brochures” such as our agency’s brochure with programs and information, city contacts, and Fall Prevention. Many pamphlets and guides we are unable to provide online because of copyright laws, but we do have them available for pickup or by mail. For more information call our Information & Assistance Specialist (805) 477-7300 or 1-(800) 510-2020.

Senior Nutrition Program services provide a vital link in maintaining the health and independence of older adults in Ventura County by preventing premature institutionalization and improving overall quality of life.

The program serves seniors 60 years of age or older through both the Congregate Meals and Home-Delivered Meals programs. Preference is given to those in greatest economic and/or social need. Participants are provided an opportunity to contribute to the cost of the meal service. While donations are accepted for all programs, no senior will be refused service because he or she declines to make a donation. Donation amounts are determined by each meal site provider. When determining the donation amount, each site takes into consideration the socio-economic characteristics of the senior population that they serve.

Please feel free to call VCAAA Senior Nutrition Program, for more information  477-7300.

Many older adults think that giving up the keys to their car means losing their independence, but this does not have to be you!  With a little planning, you can get where you need to go.  For a minimal fare, buses and Dial-A-Ride vans can take you to and from the grocery store, clubs, senior centers, lunch with friends and medical appointments.  For more information about these services please call at (805) 477-7300 or (800) 510-2020.

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