Why is the Senior LinkAge Line® calling me?
January 25, 2018
be aware that the Senior LinkAge Line® is the place to call if you
have Medicare questions, but did you know that’s just one of the many ways it can
help. The Minnesota State Legislature has directed the Senior
LinkAge Line® to expand its reach in 2018 to help more people stay
home who would otherwise end up on Medical Assistance after spending down their
assets. This is a proactive push to reach out to these at-risk populations
before an accident or injury forces an expensive relocation.
If your health care or home
care provider feels you could benefit from this kind of help, a Senior LinkAge
Line® specialist may be calling you. Or you can always call the
Senior LinkAge Line® yourself – 1-800-333-2433.
Senior LinkAge Line® specialists are able to connect people
with community services like accessible housing, transportation, home care and
more. The goal is to help you live where and how you want to live, for as long
as you want to, with the right help and support in place to keep you safe. The
Senior LinkAge Line® is a free service of the Minnesota Board on
Aging that has been helping seniors and their families since 1994.
In the past, the only way to connect with the Senior LinkAge Line®
was to call the toll free number – 1-800-333-2433 and later through online chat.
In 2010, the Senior LinkAge Line® started reaching out to nursing
home residents who had said they wanted to move home. Then in 2013, providers
could begin making referrals through an online form. The program was such as
success, the State of Minnesota funded an expansion to help even more people beginning
If you fit any of the following situations, the Senior LinkAge Line®
may call you to see if you would like help:
Medicare is no longer paying for your home care.
You are on a waiting list to get into assisted
You called the Senior LinkAge Line®
about moving to assisted living, but decided not to move.
Your doctor referred you to the Senior LinkAge
Line® for more help.
Your doctor said you have to stay in a nursing
home for more than 90-days.
You have been admitted to a nursing home for a
If a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist calls you, there is no
obligation to accept the help. The Senior LinkAge Line® is here whenever
you need it. The Senior LinkAge Line® provides free and
objective help to keep seniors living in a fulfilling environment for as long as they wish. Funding is
provided through the Older Americans Act and grants to the Minnesota Board on
Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.