Free sources of eldercare help are generally found on websites. Not always, though. The following offer in-person assistance. Check them out.
Senior centers: Northshore Senior Center in Bothell, Washington, is an example of a senior center offering lots of good educational social opportunities, mostly for free. There’s a caregiver support group, a social worker who does one on one counseling, plus an array of classes on everything from financial planning to nutrition to exercise. There’s even a hiking club!
Senior Referral Agencies: I’m proud to work for a senior referral agency, Silver Age Referrals. Our company and similar organizations help families find quality care for their loved ones, usually in retirement communities, assisted living communities and adult family homes. Agents are similar to teachers, social workers and realtors rolled into one, helping families choose the right care setting, based on budget, care needs, location, etc. Families don’t generally pay for these services. Instead, the care providers (assisted living communities or adult family homes) pay a commission on move-in. Senior referral agencies are commonly used on both the East Coast and the West Coast and in other areas of the country with a high population of seniors. In Washington State, the Association of Senior Referral Professionals of Washington is a good resource for finding referral agencies who are ethical and professional.