Area Agency On Aging

Senior Assistance

Three senior citizens with their thumbs up in approvalAny person 60 years of age or older, residing in the Colorado counties of Lake, Chaffee, Custer, or Fremont, is eligible to apply for services funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA) and Older Coloradoans State funds. Priority will be given to those of greatest social and economic need.

Mission Statement
The Area Agency on Aging will assist seniors, age 60+, throughout the region in maintaining health, dignity, independence, and quality of life through education, advocacy, coordination, and delivery of services and programs.

Vision Statement 
United together to achieve a better future for our communities & the people we serve.

Services Offered

Caregiver Respite
Provides relief to caregivers when the client is in need of a full time caregiver. The client receives 8 hours of respite services per month. The paid rate is $20.00 per hour to the provider. The provider can be an independent person or an agency. Proof of income is needed.

Chore Service
Assistance with repairs and maintenance in your home, including yard work, up to $300.00.

Dental & Vision
Provides $300.00 toward vision or $300.00 toward dental services and can be used with one of our preferred providers.

Durable Medical Equipment
Assistance with the purchase of ramps, hand rails, or anything to make the home handicapped friendly. The voucher is for $200.00, and an estimate of the total cost is needed prior to any assistance.

In-Home Services
Homemaker and/or personal care services for clients with an acute diagnosis and in need of short-term in-home assistance. The paid rate is $20.00 per hour to a preferred provider, for up to 48 hours of services and up to six weeks.

Legal Services
The Area Agency on Aging partners with Colorado Legal Services to provide free legal services for seniors.

Nutrition Counseling
Nutrition Counseling available on a limited basis, provided by a Registered Dietitian.

Advocacy for residents in nursing facilities and assisted living facilities in our four counties.

Assistance with transportation to medical appointments. Mileage is paid to driver of client’s choice, up to $200.00. In order to remain in compliance with program requirements, a copy of the driver’s insurance and license is needed.

Congregate & Meals on Wheels Program
Congregate Meals are offered in Chaffee, Custer, Lake and Fremont counties. Please call for more information on site locations and meal days. Meals on Wheels delivers meals to clients who are unable to leave their home without assistance.

Congregate Meal Sites
Meals for Seniors

Custer County Senior Center

612 Main St, Silver Cliff, Colorado (Silver Cliff Municipal Building)

To reserve a meal call 719-783-9508. This facility offers both congregate and Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) service on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Florence Community Center

100 Railroad St., Florence, Colorado 81226

To reserve a meal call 719-784-6493. This facility offers both congregate and Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) service on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Golden Age Center

728 Main St., Cañon City, Colorado 81212

To reserve a meal call 719-345-3064. This facility offers congregate service only (no deliveries), Monday through Friday.

Leadville Senior Center

419 West 6th St, Leadville, Colorado 80461

To reserve a meal call 719-486-1774. This facility offers both congregate and Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) service on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Chaffee County Nutrition Program

349 E St, Salida, Colorado 81201 (Episcopal Church of the Ascension)

To reserve a meal call 719-539-3342. This facility offers both congregate and Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) service on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Buena Vista Meals-on-Wheels

Buena Vista, Colorado

Offers Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) service only. Delivered from Chaffee County Nutrition Program (as listed above) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Seeking Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Advocate for Residents

Animated drawing of people sitting on a counch in a nursing home while a volunteer guides a wheelchair with an elderly resident sitting in itThe Area Agency on Aging is seeking a volunteer to serve as advocate for residents in long-term care. Nursing home residents and assisted living residents retain all of their legal rights when they enter a home.  Volunteer Ombudsmen are trained to protect residents’ rights. 

The Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is recruiting a volunteer who wants to make a difference in the lives of the residents in nursing homes and assisted living. Fremont County is in need of a Volunteer Ombudsman to be a voice for the residents, to assess problems, and to come to a resolution.  If you have free time, please consider helping maintain or improve the quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities.

Once trained, volunteers are asked to spend just a few hours a month in this important and life-changing program.  Mileage is reimbursed and letters of recommendation are available to those who qualify. To obtain more information on the Volunteer Ombudsman program or request a volunteer application, please contact Terri Gerstmeyer, Regional Ombudsman, at (719) 539-3341.

Additional Resources

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