OBTAINING ASSISTANCE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
Iona Senior Services
The lead agency in NW Washington, DC for coordinating and providing a variety of services for elders in the area. These include social and educational opportunities, adult day health care, counseling and support groups for elders and caregivers, care management, meals and transportation.
Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) Information and Referral Assistance
DC Government's DACL provides a single, coordinated system of information and access for individuals seeking long-term services and supports. Provides information, counseling, and service access to older adults (60 years and older), individuals with disabilities (18 to 59 years old), and their caregivers.
Safe at Home Program
Provides safety adaptations, such as handrails and chairlifts, in and around the homes of qualifying seniors and adults with disabilities. Owners or renters age 60 or older with an annual household income at or below 80% of Area Median Income are eligible.
Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC)
Assists people with disabilities obtain assistive devices and remain independent in their community by providing information and referral, an assistive technology demonstration center, an option to borrow assistive technologies for a limited period of time, and low interest rate loans for purchase of assistive technology devices
Tel.: 202/547-0198; TTY: 202-547-2657
The Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP)
Provides free health insurance information, education and counseling services to Medicare beneficiaries and seniors who live in D.C. Also helps with health insurance issues, medical bills, appeals for denials of medical services and obtaining prescription medications.
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Offers free legal advice and social work services to persons 60 and older or to residents 55 years of age or older with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability issues.
Neighborhood Legal Service Program (NLSP)
A nonprofit law firm that provides free legal information, advice and representation to low-income District of Columbia residents on civil legal matters, such as housing, health, public benefits, income maintenance, and wills.
Adult Protective Services (APS)
Investigates alleged cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation by third parties, and self-neglect of vulnerable adults 18 years of age or older. APS provides protective services to reduce or eliminate the risk of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation.
Tel.: 202/ 541-3950; TTY: 711
District of Columbia Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Receives and helps resolve complaints from residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community residences serving older persons.