Seniors on fixed incomes can find out quickly how expensive life is. Gilbert is a little more expensive than the national average for things such as groceries, transportation, and especially housing. There is help. You can contact numerous programs and agencies and nonprofits for assistance with necessities such as food, utilities, housing, transportation, companion care, and even social activities.
East Valley Adult Resources offers a variety of meal delivery programs for seniors in Gilbert. For seniors who are homebound, they deliver a nutritionally balanced hot meal during the week. This program also gives the senior a contact to ensure face-to-face interaction and a safety check. Seniors can also sign-up for hot noon meals during the week. There are meals available for special diets. Meals While You Heal delivers food to seniors who are recovering from an injury or illness and cannot prepare their meals.
Seniors may also qualify for Arizona Nutrition Assistance. This program provides healthy food to low-income families. Research proves that inadequate diets can increase serious health problems in the elderly. You can apply for Nutrition Assistance at the local Arizona Department of Economic Security office. If you have any questions, call 480.777.1168.
If you are having issues paying for home repairs or need assistance with housing, there are agencies and nonprofits that will help. You should contact Gilbert Homeowner Assistance program, which completes minor repairs for eligible residents.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households with energy bills by helping with payment, energy crisis assistance, or weatherization and energy-related home repairs. There is also a program for Maricopa County residents who need utility assistance with utility deposits and payments.
Seniors can also explore housing options. East Valley Adult Resources offers a couple of senior housing complexes. There are additional low-income housing resources including Affordable Rental Movement (ARM). When touring senior communities, be sure to ask about rental opportunities for limited income seniors.
Gilbert Senior Center has a variety of programs and classes for seniors that are reasonable or free. This facility includes programs such as Bingo, exercise, knitting, dancing, and health presentations. Seniors can also volunteer through the senior center or find other seniors with similar interests through various clubs. Transportation and lunch are also offered. For more information call 480.503.6062.
The Senior Companion Program provides services to homebound seniors. This initiative is for people age 55 or older to help provide assistance to these individuals with items such as chores, transportation, and companionship.
If you are still looking for services, you can contact one of these other free or inexpensive Gilbert senior resources: Maricopa County Area Agency on Aging, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities. These groups are here to help you make the most of your time and budget in Gilbert.
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