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. This increase of the older adult population will likely mean an increase in the need for all types of health and human services such as health care, home care, personal care and long-term care.
Texas Health and Human Services provides a range of services for older Texans that help ensure their well-being, dignity and choice. Programs also are in place to support family caregivers.
Experienced HHS staff and paid contractors can help eligible older Texans access services that:
- Create opportunities to live independently in their own homes
- Provide information about state and federal benefits and legal rights
- Give family caregivers the tools to do their job
- Provide access to meals at home or in group settings
- Identify assisted-living facility care, daytime programs or nursing home services they may qualify for
- Advocate for people who live in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes
- Guide people 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. However, other services, such as in home or a nursing home care, are based on income and resources.
Review the list of all HHS long-term programs and services, then access the easy-to-use search engine to find your local HHS office, aging and disability resource center, area agency on aging, or local authority to learn more, or visit the Your Texas Benefits website to find out about available services and to apply for benefits.
If you are unsure how HHS can help, call 855-937-2372 to talk to a trained professional who will guide you to the right service options to help meet your needs.
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 want to sign 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 to 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.