More than1 out of every 8 Americans aged 40 to 60 is caring for a parent; between 7 to 10 million of these are caring for their parents from a distance. Fortunately, there are federal, state and even local government programs that can help you make ends meet, find affordable care for your loved ones, and even obtain respite care for yourself.
There are several resources available to you to help.
Adult Protective Services
To report abuse, neglect, self- neglect and financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult.
Alzheimer’s Association 24-Hour Hotline
Dept. of Intellectual & Development Disabilities
Disability Rights Tennessee
Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee
Works to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low-income persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy.
423-464-5481 (Cleveland Office)
Medicare Fraud (TBI)
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Safelink is a Federal Lifeline program that provides a FREE cellular phone and airtime each month to income-eligible customers who apply and qualify for the service.
Social Security Hotline
Southeast Area Agency on Aging and Disability
Choices Program, Congregate Meal Program, Family Caregiver Support Program, Home Delivered Meals, Homemaker Services, Health Promotion Programs, Relative Caregiver, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency (SETHRA)
Choices Program (Family Caregiver Support, Personal Care Services, Minor Home Modifications, Respite
Care, Personal Care), Homemakers Services, OPTIONS for Home and Community Based Services
423-745-8095 (Local Phone Number)
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Provide free and objective Medicare counseling and assistance.
TNcare Consumer Advocacy
Helps Tennesseans get, use, and keep TennCare.
Tennessee Department of Veterans Services
Tennessee Disability Coalition
Tennessee Help Line