Area Agency on Aging
NARCOG is designated by the Alabama Department of Senior Services as the Area Agency on Aging for senior services in Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan Counties. We are committed to making the lives of seniors more healthy and enjoyable by meeting many of their social, financial, physical, health and legal needs. Senior services are provided directly by NARCOG, or through contractors, as follows:
- Nutrition Services – Hot nutritional meals are served at senior centers and home delivered meals are provided to seniors who are homebound and no longer able to attend a senior center. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. Eligibility for home delivered meals is based upon need, not income.
- Medicaid Waiver Elderly and Disabled Program – Provides home based services to elderly and disabled individuals within our region. There is no age requirement, however the client must receive SSI / Medicaid or meet criteria for institutional deeming and be at risk for nursing home placement if they did not receive assistance in their own homes. This program allows the elderly and disabled to continue to live in the comfort and dignity of their own homes.
- Alabama Cares – Provides supportive services to family caregivers who provide care for 20 hours or more for someone 60 or over. NARCOG services include offering information and assistance, counseling, respite care, and supplemental services.
- Senior Community Service Employment Program – Adults, age 55 or older, who meet federal income guidelines, can find employment by building skills and confidence through paid community service training positions intended to return senior workers to the private workforce. The training opportunities are federally and state subsidized.
- SenioRx – A state funded program designed to assist seniors 55 and older with applying for drug assistance programs provided by pharmaceutical companies. The program also assists disabled individuals, of any age in the 24 month Medicare waiting period and those in the Medicare Part D coverage gap. Certain income limits and guidelines apply.
- State Health Insurance Program ( SHIP ) – Counselors are available to assess the individual’s eligibility for extra help in covering the cost of Medicare premiums and/or prescription drugs. Information is provided to seniors and/or their family members on Medicare, Medicaid, supplemental insurance and long-term care insurance.
- Senior Medicare Patrol ( SMP ) – Provides education, outreach and advocacy to seniors to protect, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse.
- Volunteer Opportunities – NARCOG offers opportunities for members of the community to volunteer with many of our senior programs. Individuals and groups may choose from a number of positions ranging from providing administrative support, SHIP/SMP Counseling to visiting residents of local long-term care facilities. If you have a few hours each month to help improve the quality of life for area seniors, we have a place for you! Call us today and make a difference in our community.
- Information & Referral / AlabamaConnect – Provides information and referrals for seniors to numerous agencies. The program maintains a database of available agencies, resources and services to assist seniors with specific needs.
- Legal Services – A staff attorney provides legal advice, counseling and representation to individuals 60 and over. Covered services include simple wills, living wills, powers of attorney, Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and appeals.
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman – An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents and their family in mediating with long-term care facilities and provides needed community education on resident’s rights and other resources available. The certified Ombudsmen assist nursing home and assisted living facility residents with concerns.
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For additional information, contact Stefanie Franklin via telephone: 256-355-4515 or via e-mail: