Senior Healthcare and Abuse Prevention
Our services provide seniors with legal assistance to obtain access to healthcare and public benefits, and to combat elder abuse, ensuring the safety and dignity of Mecklenburg County seniors.
Approximately 150,000 seniors age 60 and up reside in Mecklenburg county. However, nearly 27% of seniors live with incomes under 200% of the federal poverty level. Many low-income elderly residents are eligible for government programs to assist with health, income support, nutrition and safety. However, misinformation and physical, mental and social limitations often prevent seniors from receiving much-needed services. Access barriers are even greater for the growing number of elderly immigrants who may have limited English proficiency and difficulty navigating U.S. systems.
These various obstacles create a two-tiered problem. First, poor seniors may be unable to obtain crucial government assistance, which jeopardizes their health and financial stability. Second, seniors without these supports become high-risk targets for exploitation and abuse. Barriers preventing access to elder care also impedes seniors’ ability to report fraud and abuse.
The Senior Healthcare and Abuse Prevention Project aims to improve the lives of seniors through increased access to healthcare and public benefits while providing legal assistance to prevent and combat elder abuse. Our services include:
- Helping seniors maximize benefits from various public programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps and ACA coverage
- Assisting seniors in obtaining or keeping the healthcare they need, particularly in-home services
- Helping elder abuse victims by recouping financial losses, changing guardianship or power of attorney, obtaining protective orders, and finding alternative caregiver and housing services
- Conducting outreach presentations on healthcare, public benefits and elder abuse with community partners focused on senior and immigrant populations
- Partnering with local non-profits, medical clinics, government agencies and law enforcement to identify and combat elder abuse