Community-based services such as meal and transportation programs offer support for individuals who live independently. Many individuals use community-based services in combination with In Home Services to maintain independence.

Congregate Meals  - Provision, to an eligible client or other eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or some other congregate setting

Transportation—Provision of a means to medical and non medical locations.  A Council on Aging can provide information on how to access this service.  (need a link back to GOEA web page.)

Counseling- Counseling by a professional counselor in either an individual or group session.  Services may be provided by Magellan if individual is eligible for Medicaid and may be contacted by phone 1-800-424-4399 or their web site www.MagellanofLouisiana.com

Senior Centers – Provide a congregate setting where older adults in each parish can receive supportive services and participate in activities to foster their independence, enhance their dignity, and encourage involvement in and with the community.  A listing for seniors centers may be found at the following link:

http://goea.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=directory&tmp=category&catid=42&pnid=0&nid=58

Early Steps– provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development. 

Services for Early Steps may include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Audiology
  • Health Services (family education, assistance with other EarlySteps services only)
  • Medical Services (evaluation only)
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Psychological Services