Kendra SittonBy Kendra Sitton

Case Worker

Montrose County Health and Human Services

Are you an aging senior or disabled adult that has needs that you aren’t sure how to meet? Are you a caregiver for a family member that is disabled or aging and aren’t sure how to meet the needs of your loved one without additional support? Navigating the diverse resources for senior or disabled adults in Montrose can be challenging at times. Thankfully, Montrose offers a wide variety of resources to help our senior and/or disabled adults to continue living independently in our community. In this article you will learn about resources that are available to help you or your loved one live independently in the community.

Seniors and disabled adults have many struggles in their daily lives and one of those struggles is living on a limited income. Whether there is difficulty having enough food in the home or finding an affordable place to live, Montrose has resources to help. There are several low-income senior housing options in the Montrose/Olathe Area that help promote independence in a safe and secure environment:

  • Anciano Towers 970-249-8844
  • Olathe Meadows 970-323-5445 ext. 13
  • Centennial Towers 970-240-0110
  • Montrose Housing Authority 970-323-5445
  • Cimarron Village 970-249-2010
  • Sunshine Peaks 970-252-3424
  • San Juan Apartments 970-249-1823

For help obtaining food there are several places in Montrose that help fulfill this need:

  • Sharing Ministries – 121 N Rio Grande Ave, Montrose, CO 81401 – 970-240-8385
  • MADA Senior Food Program – 17 N 6th St, Montrose, CO 81401 – 970-249-4774
  • Meals on Wheels – 1800 Pavilion Drive Montrose, CO 81401
  • Montrose County Health and Human Services (to apply for food stamps) – 1845 S Townsend Montrose, CO 81401

Long Term Care Medicaid:  Another resource that many families may miss out on when trying to help a loved one remain independent in the community is Long Term Care Medicaid. People who qualify functionally and financially for Long Term Care Medicaid can receive in-home services such as homemaking, personal care, electronic and medication monitoring, non-medical transportation and home modifications. Furthermore, clients have access to assisted living and nursing home stays if the client needs more intensive oversight and assistance than they can receive in their home. Case Managers work closely with families to create the best plan for services and check in with clients on a regular basis to ensure their needs are being met. To apply for Long Term Care Medicaid, an application can be submitted at Montrose County Health and Human Services 1845 South Townsend Avenue Montrose, CO 81401.

Region 10 Area Agency on Aging is a fantastic resource for seniors and/or disabled adults that has a Dental Prevention Program, Family Caregiver Program, helps seniors access Homemaking and Personal Care, Legal Aid, Mental Health Services, Nutrition Services and Transportation. Region 10 is a great program for people who have difficulty accessing resources and for caregivers that need extra support.  For additional information, contact Region 10 at 970-249-2436.

Learning how to live with a disability, understanding the complexities that come with aging, or helping a loved one who is aging or disabled can be confusing and intimidating. It can be helpful to know that there are many resources in Montrose to help with these transitions, and it is possible to live independently with the right amount of support.

 

This column is a part of the “Getting On and Beyond” editorial series that appears in the Montrose Daily Press