Adults & Seniors

While thinking about adult care for an elderly parent usually inspires guilty feelings in the adult child, it actually offers loads of benefits for everyone. Whether you choose out-patient care or nursing home care, the health-related benefits are obvious. But daycare also provides a renewed feeling of autonomy and independence, plus increased opportunities for companionship and recreation.

Adult daycare also allows the primary caregiver to get back to the things in life that may have taken a backseat – running errands, personal time, better concentration at work and a renewed sense of relaxation when you get home.

By the time you need to assess daycare options for aging folks, it’s likely you may also be in your mid-years. AARP offers a world of information for every stage of life, click here to learn more.

Assessment, Planning, and Care

Assessing Family Needs

Family Resources

Adult and Senior Care Links

San Francisco Resources

Senior Services

In-Home vs. Facility

Family Support

Planning Ahead

Certified Financial Planners — Financial Planning Association offers links to advisors to help you maximize your resources. For assistance with low income needs of seniors, please visit the agencies in each county for more information.

Tax and Financial Planning

United States Social Security Administration

For an interesting and informative history of Social Security that may help de-mystify benefits, click here. Looking ahead – visit the Social Security Benefit Calculator.
If you need access to benefit information for another person, contact a Social Security Representative Monday through Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM at: 1-800-772-1213.

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call our toll-free TTY number: 1-800-325-0778.

The Social Security Administration offers a wide array of webinars to help various groups understand various issues (click on the webinar option).

California Office of Health Information Integrity offers entry into the world of California services and funding ideas.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available for the disabled. 

Understanding Tax Implications

Get to know the IRS Website and use their search engine – adult day care, and benefits – Publication 554 (2008) is the Tax Guide for Seniors and IRS Publication 503.

It’s always a good idea to understand the implications of your financial decisions. As you plan or as you manage the affairs of another person, making the most of those resources is essential to avoiding costly tax mishaps.

Click here for the California Certified Public Accountant (CalCPA) society and their consumer guide to finding a qualified professional. If you are caring for another person outside of California, please visit the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for a state listing of professional societies.

Click here for more information about public accountants in California.

California Society of Enrolled Agents also offers a search service to find a qualified EA.

Transportation and Commuting

This section focuses on services offered in each SF Bay Area county to assist the elderly and those in need of paratransit assistance.

San Francisco

Department of Aging & Adult Services
 
Office on the Aging
 
Paratransit
 
AC Transit
Fares Accessibility
BART
Fares Accessibility
Caltrain
Fares Accessibility
Golden Gate Transit
Fares Accessibility
SamTrans
Fares Accessibility
SF Bay Ferry
Fares Accessibility
SFMTA/Muni
Fares Accessibility

Alameda

Agency on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
AC Transit
Fares Accessibility
BART
Fares Accessibility
Capitol Corridor
Fares Accessibility
Emery Go-Round
Accessibility
SF Bay Ferry
Fares Accessibility
SFMTA/Muni
Fares Accessibility
UC Berkeley Shuttle
Accessibility
West Berkeley Shuttle
Accessibility

Contra Costa

Area Agency on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
AC Transit
Fares Accessibility
BART
Fares Accessibility
County Connection
Fares Accessibility
Golden Gate Transit
Fares Accessibility
Tri Delta
Fares Accessibility
WestCat Lynx
Fares Accessibility

Marin

Area Agency on Aging
 
Division of Aging
 
Paratransit
 
Golden Gate Transit
Fares Accessibility
Marin Transit
Fares Accessibility

Napa

Area Agency on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
Napa County VINE
Fares Accessibility

San Mateo

Area Agency on Aging
 
Commission on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
BART
Fares Accessibility
Caltrain
Fares Accessibility
SamTrans
Fares Accessibility

Santa Clara

Department on Aging and Adult Services
 
Paratransit
 
Caltrain
Fares Accessibility
VTA
Fares Accessibility

Solano

Area Agency on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
Capitol Corridor
Fares Accessibility
Fairfield-Suisun Transit
Fares Accessibility
SF Bay Ferry
Fares Accessibility
SolTrans
Fares Accessibility
Vacaville City Coach
Fares Accessibility

Sonoma

Area Agency on Aging
 
Paratransit
 
Santa Rosa City Bus
Fares Accessibility
Sonoma County Transit
Fares Accessibility