Almost 12 percent of Texans – 3.2 million people – are 65 and older and the number is growing. By 2050 that figure is expected to increase to almost 20 percent. An increasing number of older people will likely mean an increase in the demand for all kinds of services – health care, home care, personal care and long-term care.
Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) is rising to meet this challenge. HHS programs provide a range of services to older Texans that help ensure their well-being, dignity and choice. Programs also are in place to support family caregivers.
Our experienced staff and paid contractors can help eligible older Texans access services so they can:
- Live independently in their own homes
- Understand their state and federal benefits and their legal rights
- Give family caregivers the tools to do their job
- Provide meals at home or in group settings
- Qualify for assisted-living facility care, daytime programs or nursing home services
- Advocate for people who live in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes
- Guide you to the right long-term care services
Some programs, such as those provided by local area agencies on aging, are available to everyone who is 60 or older. But other services, such as care provided in your home or a nursing home, are based on income and resources.
Call 1-855-937-2372 to talk to a trained professional who will guide you to the right service options to help meet your needs. Or visit the Your Texas Benefits website to find out about available services and to apply for benefits.
Federal Programs for Older Texans
Eligible older Texans may qualify for federal and state programs that pay benefits, pay health care costs or provide food. If you are not already signed up for one of these programs, visit the sites below to find out if you might be eligible or to apply for benefits.
- Medicaid provides health coverage eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people who are older or who have disabilities. Each state has its own rules about who’s eligible, and what Medicaid covers. Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. To find out if you might be eligible for Medicaid in Texas, visit the Your Texas Benefits website.
- Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. People younger than age 65 with certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure can also qualify for Medicare. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.
- Social Security pays a monthly benefit to older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. When you retire, your Social Security payment is based on your average earnings over your working career. If you are determined to be disabled, your benefit is based on the amount of income on which you’ve paid Social Security taxes.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Some of your income and your resources are not counted when deciding whether you’re eligible for SSI. Your house and your car, for example, usually don’t count as resources.