Seniors looking for advice or help should check out a free program started at SARCOA. Square One is dedicated to helping seniors identify different programs and resources they are eligible for.
Linda Bottoms the Assistance Coordinator at SARCOA says, “There's such a need, and those needs are not being met.”
Now SARCOA's new assessment program, Square One, is trying to change that.
“What we want to do is let those individuals be aware that there might be some help that they are not aware of,” says Bottoms.
It's pretty simple. You make an appointment. Then, fill out a worksheet with your needs, income, and other basic information at the appointment, and it's plugged into the computer to determine what you qualify for.
“We have helped a lot of people through this program. We have discovered there a lot of them that didn't know these things, and that they are eligible and that would pay for their Medicare premium,” says Bottoms.
That gave some at least $100 back on their social security check each month, which is a blessing during these tough economic times.
Bottoms says, “Some of them it would mean eating this month. It would actually help them to go and buy groceries because they would get those hundred dollars back.”
“That was nice. I've been single a long time, and it was nice to have that extra money and the help,” says Nadine Wilson, a participant of Square One.
In addition to help with Medicare, some also learned they were eligible for food stamps, brown bag programs, even in house programs through SARCOA like Senior RX, Hungry to Help, or Alabama Cares.
Participants say they are thankful for the assistance.
“Goodness every bit helps, and I believe this is truly a help,” says Wilson.
If you would like more information about any program SARCOA offers you can check out their web site: www.sarcoa.org.