Senior Service Navigator
We believe the essential needs of our grandparents and your grandparents must be met!
Our Senior Service Navigators serve at risk and/or low income older adults who need assistance with navigating transportation, in-home healthcare, nutrition, food security, affordable housing, energy assistance, financial counseling, companionship and/or volunteer opportunities. Whether navigating HRDC resources or community resources our staff wants to help connect seniors with the services that best fit their needs.
Poverty is a common thread among seniors across the country and southwest Montana is no exception. According to US Census 2013, 9.7% of seniors (age 65 and older) in Park County and 7.0 % in Gallatin County are living below poverty level. Many of the seniors who are living in poverty receive some form of government assistance such as Medicare or Social Security but these critical funds often aren’t enough. The chart below reflects what the federal government and Gerontology Institute recommend as the amount of income needed for food, housing, healthcare and transportation.
|100% Federal Poverty Level||150% Federal Poverty Level||*Elder Index: Gallatin County|
*The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston with Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and is maintained in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Elder Index is a measure of income that older adults need to meet basic needs and age in place. The Elder Index is specific to household size, location, housing and health status. The Elder Index measures how much income a retired older adult requires to meet his or her basic needs—without public or private assistance. The Elder Index measures basic expenses for elders age 65+ living in the community, not in institutions. Each Elder Index component is a conservative estimate of need, and the Elder Index does not include any “extras” such as vacations, entertainment, electronics, gifts, or meals out. As a result, those living below an economic security income may be forced to go without, or make difficult choices among basic needs such as nutritious foods, prescription medications, or adequate heating or cooling, unless they are eligible for and enroll in benefits that can help to pay those expenses.
*The Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) was developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston with Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and is maintained in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Elder Index is a measure of income that older adults need to meet basic needs and age in place. The Elder Index is specific to household size, location, housing and health status.
Some of the available services:
Door to Door transportation
Food and Nutrition Support
Heating and Energy Assistance
Personal Care/Respite Services/In home health care
Referrals to appropriate agencies
Tax Assistance/Financial Counseling
Volunteer and Social Opportunities
Apply for SNAP benefits today!
Did you know:
Individuals (60 and over) in southwest Montana receive an average of $192 – $600 of SNAP benefits per year
You can save up your benefits for a few months:
- Use them for a special birthday or holiday dinner
- Buy luxury items like cookies for tea with friends
The minimum monthly benefit of $16 can buy the following locally:
- Loaf of wheat bread
- Dozen eggs
- Fresh Carrots
- Fresh Green Beans
- 12 pack of cheese
- 2 lbs of potatoes
- ½ gallon Milk
- Ice Cream
You may also qualify for energy assistance if you receive SNAP.
For help paying for food, click here.