Click on the links below to learn more about programs and services administered by AHS departments and community partners that support older Vermonters and people with disabilities across Vermont.
Adult Protection from Abuse & Neglect
- Programs and services for Vermonters age 60+
Aging & Disabilities Resource Connections - No Wrong Door: Provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Older American's Act (OAA) Services: These services support Vermonters age 60 and older and are designed to help older Vermonters remain as independent as possible and to experience a high quality of life, including case management; nutrition services and programs; health promotion and disease prevention; information, referral and assistance; legal assistance; and family caregiver support.
Dementia Care and Family Caregiver Support: These efforts help family caregivers by reducing stress, maintaining their health, and continuing their caregiving roles.
Eldercare Clinician Program: Eldercare Clinicians are certified mental health counselors who provide clinical assessment, treatment and referrals for older Vermonters who cannot go to a mental health office due to physical, emotional, or psychological barriers.
State Health Insurance Program: The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) provides information, assistance and support to Medicare beneficiaries who need help selecting or managing public and/or private health insurance benefits.
Vermont Senior Centers:Vermont’s senior centers are on the front lines of supporting socialization and engagement and preventing isolation, providing nutritious meals, wellness activities, and social opportunities at little or no cost to participants.
Vermonters with Disabilities
- Assistive Technology Services
- Programs and services for people with blindness or vision impairment
- Programs for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or late-deafened
- Programs and services for people with developmental disabilities
- Programs and services for people with physical disabilities
- Programs for youth with disabilities
- HireAbility Vermont | Employment programs for people with disabilities (Formerly Vocational Rehabilitation)
- Residential Options: People who are in need of assistance and a place to live, may be eligible for services to help meet that need.
- Adult Family Care
- Home Share
- Nursing Facilities
- Residential Care and Assisted Living Residences
Long-Term Services & Supports
Adult High Technology Service: Adult High Technology services provides skilled nursing care to people age 21 and over living in home-based settings who are eligible for Medicaid and depend on medical technology to survive. Services include coordinating treatments, medical supplies, and sophisticated medical equipment. Services are provided through Designated Home Health Agencies.
Attendant Services Program: The Attendant Services Program (ASP) supports personal care services for adults with a “severe and permanent disability” who need physical assistance with activities of daily living (such as bathing, getting dressed and eating) to remain in their homes.
Choices for Care Program (Highest/High Needs Services): Choices for Care provides a package of long-term services and supports to Vermonters who are age 18 years and over and need nursing home level of care.
Moderate Needs Services: Choices for Care provides limited funding for homemaker, adult day, case management, and ‘flexible fund’ services to people in the “Moderate Needs Group”. People in this group do not meet nursing home level of care criteria. The intent is to prevent or delay the need for more costly long-term services and supports by providing these services. People do not need to be Medicaid eligible, however, funding is limited.
Money Follows the Person: The goal of the MFP grant is to work together with the Choices for Care Program to help people living in nursing facilities to overcome barriers that have prevented them from moving to their preferred community-based setting.
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman: The Obmbudsman is charged with protecting the safety, welfare and rights of Vermonters in nursing homes, residential care homes, and people using Choices for Care home and community-based services. An Ombudsman’s primary responsibility is to investigate and resolve complaints on behalf of individuals. They also provide information and consultations to individuals, family members, providers, the public, and other community partners.
Injury & Rehabilitation
- Traumatic Brain Injury Program: The Traumatic Brain Injury Program provides rehabilitation and life skills services to help Vermonters with a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, live successfully in community-based settings. This is a rehabilitation-based, choice-driven program intended to support people to achieve their optimum independence and help them return to work.
Explore the Department for Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living for more information about programs, services, and supports for older Vermonters, Vermonters with disabilities, and caregivers.