Partnerships and Resources
Idaho law provides for individuals to ensure that their wishes about their health care are carried out in the event they become incapacitated and are not able to speak for themselves. Learn more about end-of-life health care issues and the importance of Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and other advance directives by visiting Idaho Quality of Life Coalition or Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. to access forms and other information.
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Updated Consumer Information About Funeral Planning - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated free information for consumers about funeral planning. Two revised brochures, available in English and Spanish, provide information to help consumers examine funeral choices. Paying Final Respects summarizes consumer rights under the Funeral Rule, enforced by the FTC and Shopping for Funeral Services is a detailed guide to the different types of funerals, goods and services consumers may choose. Click here to access a series of online articles that explain consumer rights, describe types of funeral products and services, and help shoppers compare providers.
2-1-1 Idaho CareLine - a free statewide community Information and Referral service which connects people in need with government, faith-based, and community resources.
AARP - an organization for people age 50 and over dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age.
Able to Work - employment resources to jobseekers with disabilities, employers, and service providers – all in an easy to navigate format.
Center for the Study of Aging - support and resources to students, professionals, and members of the community working to advance the well-being of older people.
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Central District Health Department - improving the health of Idaho communities.
Community Transportation Association of Idaho - Idaho's statewide transportation and mobility association, CTAI serves as the alternative transportation and mobility advocate at the local, state, and federal levels.
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Department of Insurance - helpful insurance information for the state of Idaho.
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Department of Labor - services range from helping businesses recruit employees to helping job seekers pursue their dream jobs.
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Disability Action Center Northwest (DAC) - a non-profit community partnership working to promote the independence and equality of all individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society. View a video on Independent Living services here.
Eastern Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
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Experience Works - The Idaho Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) places participants part-time in agencies where they can receive on-the-job training while they are paid minimum wage. Participants acquire the skills they need to gain unsubsidized employment off the program.
Faces Family Justice Center - help for victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence by bringing multiple services and organizations together in one location. These partners work together to help victims experience safety, healing and justice. No one is turned away based on inability to pay for services.
Friends in Action - a volunteer-based organization that provides compassionate, friend-to-friend assistance to frail elders and their families.
Healthline - a comprehensive health information site.
I-WAY - a statewide network that connects Idahoans to public and shared modes of transportation.
Idaho Assistive Technology Project -the program helps older persons and Idahoans with disabilities acquire the assistive technology they need to live more independent lives. AT4All lists used AT equipment available. Alternative Financing Program offers low-interest loans to obtain assistive technology needed.
Idaho Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired - the agency assists blind and visually impaired persons to achieve independence by providing education, developing work skills, increasing self-confidence and helping them remain employed or prepare for employment. Regional Offices Directory.
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Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs -the Commission identifies and monitors programs and legislation, and researches problems and issues facing Idaho's Hispanic community.
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities - the council helps to promote the capacity of people with developmental disabilities and their families to determine, access and direct the services and/or support they need to live the lives they choose.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - offers programs that deal with complex social, economic and individual issues, often helping people in crisis situations. The programs are designed to strengthen families and promote self-reliance. From birth throughout life, they strive to enrich and protect the lives of the state’s citizens.
Idaho Division of Veterans Services - serves Idaho’s veterans and their families by providing superior advocacy, excellent assistance with benefits and education, high quality long-term care, and respectful interment services in a dignified final resting place. Veterans Resource Directory.
Idaho Foodbank - a network of more than 200 partner agencies consisting of emergency food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and programs that collectively work together to relieve hunger in Idaho.
Idaho Legal Aid Services - a nonprofit statewide law firm dedicated to providing equal access to justice for low income people through quality advocacy and education. Go to the Online Intake system: www.idaholegalaid.org. This interactive application will guide users through the application process and provide them with supplemental materials and referrals.
Idaho Quality of Life Coalition - provides education, tools and resources to promote quality of life through Advance Planning, Hospice and Palliative Care.
Idaho Rx Card - a FREE statewide discount prescription assistance program. Idaho residents can download a FREE card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies.
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Idaho State University - Idaho's Hospital Discharge Planning Project - assistance for hospital discharge planners in locating community resources for people of any age with a disability or chronic illness when they leave hospital care.Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline - a resource for persons at risk for suicide and their families and loved ones, providing crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to local resources.
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Idaho Tramatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center - find services and support for individuals living with TBI and their families.
Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC) - a non-profit organization empowering people with disabilities to achieve their desired level of independence.
Living Independently for Everyone (LIFE) - enables people with disabilities to manage their own lives, and make their own choices in life.
My Own Home - a non-profit membership organization that organizes and delivers programs and services that help make it possible for members to continue living in their own homes and to stay actively engaged in the community’s life as they grow older.
Nampa Family Justice Center - a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence and sexual assault through prevention and response by providing comprehensive, client-centered services in a single location.
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Nez Perce Tribal - the Native American tribe offers information on tribal government, programs and departments, history, celebrations, businesses, and reservation.
North Central Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
North Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
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Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Program - Investigates claims and insurance fraud, provides advocacy services for consumers, provides assistance with insurance problems or questions on life, disability, long term care, property, casualty, and health insurance.Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho official website. The Native American tribe offers information on tribal government, programs and departments, history, celebrations, businesses, and reservation.
South Central Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
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Southeast Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Aging - a planning and service agency designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers.
State Independent Living Council - promotes the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination, and access for all.
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Vocational Rehabilitation - a state-federal program whose goal is to assist people with disabilities prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.
Other National Resources
Administration on Aging - ensures the continuation of a vibrant aging services network at State, Territory, local and Tribal levels through funding of lower-cost, non-medical services and supports that provide the means by which many more seniors can maintain their independence.
Administration for Community Living -ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
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Alzheimer's Association - the Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
ARCH National Respite Network - planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers who are caring for that child or adult.
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living - a national grass roots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.
Disability.gov a connection to important information about disability benefits, health care, and housing programs. Learn about programs in the community that can help find jobs, access transportation and get services and supports to live independently.
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LongTermCare.gov - Information on long-term care encompassing everything from future medical care and finances, to where to live and how to navigate the myriad of legal, family, and social dynamics along the way. Includes LTC Pathfinder search option. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Medicare.gov - Fraud and Abuse - helps with spotting and reporting fraud & abuse.
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Mortgage Loan.com - a guide to help seniors of all ages to understand some of the options open to them and precautions that they should take when it comes to owning a home, downsizing, paying a mortgage, taking out a reverse mortgage, and selling property.
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National Adult Protective Services Association - to improve the quality and availability of protective services for adults with disabilities and older persons who are abused, neglected, or exploited and are unable to protect their own interests.
National Alliance for Caregiving - created to conduct research, do policy analysis, develop national programs, increase public awareness of family caregiving issues, work to strengthen state and local caregiving coalitions, and represent the US caregiving community internationally.
National Associaiton of Area Agencies on Aging - the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs.
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities - to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering home and community based services and
supports for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.
National Council on Aging - working with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.
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National Council on Independent Living - advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center - to enhance the skills, knowledge, and management capacity of the State programs to enable them to handle residents' complaints and represent resident interest.
Pleural Mesothelioma Center - free information, resources and support to help understand, fight and overcome mesothelioma.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Senior Medicare Patrol - teaches senior volunteers and professionals such as doctors, nurses, accountants, investigators, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, teachers and others to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries become better health care consumers.
- FNS provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education. Check out the programs to see if any can help you or your family.