Living on a fixed income can be hard as the cost of living continues to rise. Don’t worry there is help if you find your money doesn’t stretch as far as before. Non-profit organizations, local government entities, and other agencies offer programs to seniors to make life a little easier. Below is some information to help you find assistance to cover expenses for food, housing, upkeep, maintenance, social activities, and more in Fort Wayne.
Nothing beats having a good meal, except maybe having it delivered directly to your door. Homebound Meals provides three hot, nutritional meals each weekday for $5.20 a meal. You can also request your meals to meet any dietary restrictions. Each meal includes an entree, vegetable, starch, salad or fruit, bread, and drink. You can request dessert if you do not have any dietary issues.
Seniors may be eligible for the Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help pay for approved foods at any store, supermarket, or farmer’s market. You can also use SNAP funds to purchase seeds and plants to grow gardens. The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card works like any other debit or credit card. You can apply for SNAP online or at your local Allen County Division of Family Resources Office.
Indiana’s Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled (CHOICE) Program helps seniors get support services in their homes. These services include homemaker services, therapies, transportation, respite care, meal delivery and more. The program is available for individuals of all income levels. There is a sliding income scale fee.
Low-income seniors can lower utility bills through the Weatherization Assistance Program. This program helps you save on bills by helping you make your home more energy efficient. During the winter heating months, the Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance for low-income households as utility bills increase.
City-run housing can have long wait lists. You can search for affordable housing on the Indiana Department of Housing and Community Affairs website. You can specify senior-only units. You can also search for rentals or houses for sale. There are 21 senior communities that are members of the Apartment Association of Fort Wayne for affordable senior housing. When touring facilities, you can ask about low-income options because this is a common problem among older adults. Several communities have options for payment.
You can find regular activities for minimal costs or free in Indiana. The Community Center in Fort Wayne offers several senior activities for fun and entertainment. Parkview Health offers Seniors Clubs for wellness, fitness, and companionship. Parkview also has a wellness center dedicated to those over 50.
You can also find other services through the Area Agency on Aging including programs for productive aging, home services, resource center, and more. You can also search Meetup for other senior groups that share your interests including traveling, singles, art, and more.
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