Meals & Nutritional Programs
For Older Adults & Families
Elderly Nutritional Program
Congregate Meals meeting USDA dietary guidelines are offered to mobile older adults at meal sites such as senior centers or parks throughout Los Angeles County. The meals are provided by contracted service providers. In many cases, these lunches provide the only social outlet for those in attendance and an avenue where valuable relationships are formed. Though not required, a donation ranging between $1.75 – $3.00 per meal is appreciated.
The Home-Delivered Meals Program is designed specifically for home-bound individuals. This valuable program not only delivers a nutritious meal on a daily basis, but also serves as a mechanism to check up on the client, thereby providing an additional safety inspection and furthering the ability for him or her to remain home. Although the Home-Delivered Meals Program does not require participants to pay for meals, a donation ranging between $1.75 – $3.00 per meal is appreciated.
For more information and services, call (800) 510-2020
Dietary Administrative Support Services (DASS)
This program oversees the food production at the various vendors providing nutritional meals for home-bound individuals and on-site locations. Menu development, food production, safety, and sanitation issues must be in compliance with the standards required. DASS also provides nutrition education for Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) participants.
Critical Delivery Service
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Governer’s Executive Order, older adults have an increased need for timely home delivery services for grocery and essential goods. Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) department of LA County has launched a temporary delivery program called Critical delivery Services (CDS) to deliver food and other vital items to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.
Delivery services are reserved for those who are: Aged 60 years and older and individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.
Contact us on (888) 863-7411 to request delivery services.
Emergency Food Assistance Program
WDACS also provides food assistance to families, older adults and other individuals at community and senior centers including select congregate meal sites through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Click on your closest service center link below to learn more.
Great Plates Delivered
This is a temporary home delivered meal program offered until the Safer at Home Initiative is in effect. This program is funded by FEMA and California State to help older adults and adults in a certain income bracket and who are at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day. Additionally, this program aims to provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
Support Services for Older & Adults
Supportive Services Program (SSP)
The goal of the Supportive Services Program is to promote and maintain independent living for older adults over the age of 60. A variety of services are available to address functional limitation, maintain health and independence, promote socialization, and ensure access to older adult services. Preference is given to those older individuals with the greatest economic and/or social needs. Services are limited to individuals residing in Los Angeles County, excluding the City of Los Angeles.
Services provided include:
- Case Management
- Personal Care
- In-Home Respite Care
- Alzheimer’s Day Care
- Registry Services
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy (HICAP)
Supported by trained volunteers, HICAP provides community education and counseling assistance with Medicare and related health insurance issues through advocacy or legal representation. For individuals who are home bound, in-home consultation is available. For more information and services, visit www.healthcarerights.org
Traditional Legal Assistance Program (TLAP)
Traditional Legal Assistance is provided to individuals 60 years of age and older with economic or social needs. This valuable service is provided by a member of the California State Bar or a non-attorney supervised by a member. Other services include consultation at senior center sites, in-home consultations with individuals confined to the home, and monthly community legal education seminars at selected sites.
Care Giving Services Older & Dependent Adults
Family Caregiver Support Program(FCSP)
This program provides support to unpaid caregivers caring for elderly relatives, or to older caregivers of younger family members. The purpose of the program is to help minimize the negative emotional, physical, and financial consequences of unpaid family caregiving.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP)
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides local advocacy services arising out of complaints and concerns of residents in skilled nursing and licensed board and care facilities. This valuable program has five (5 regions in Los Angeles County) offices managed by regional coordinators and a 60+ volunteer staff, all certified by the State and overseeing 2000 facilities.
This valuable program provides the quality of life for our elderly residents in out-of-home care facilities and serves as a mediator for residents and families.
New Freedom Transportation Program
The New Freedom program provides transportation and mobility management services, sensitive to the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities, to enhance quality of life, maintain independence, and improve their overall health and well-being. As more Los Angeles County residents grow older, the independence of owning a vehicle becomes less possible and more dangerous. As people grow older they need to start asking: “How will I get to life-sustaining and life-enriching destinations when I can no longer drive myself?” Please use our site to learn more about the WDACS New Freedom Transportation Program.
Los Angeles County and L.A. Found provide assistance to caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism and other cognitive impairments.
Los Angeles County is proud to partner with Project Lifesaver to help locate a loved one who goes missing, in addition to providing resources for community support services. Through LA Found, we can provide a Project Lifesaver tracking bracelet at no cost to at-risk individuals.
The Linkages Program provides comprehensive care management that serves and links older individuals with a full range of appropriate services. The goal of the program is to prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization of at risk individuals by promoting and maintaining independent living for frail older adults, adults with disabilities, and residents of residential care facilities who are scheduled to be discharged within 30 to 60 days from the date of the referral.
Services provided include:
For more information call (800) 510-2020
Adult Protective Services Home Safe Program
APS Home Safe Program provides APS clients who are at risk of becoming homeless with homelessness prevention services necessary to maintain their current housing or with assistance in finding new housing to avoid becoming homeless and entering the homeless emergency shelter system.
On December 2018, California Department of Social Services (CDSS) allocated funds to Los Angeles County as one of 24 counties selected to implement the APS Home Safe Program. Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) contracted with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and service providers in each Los Angeles County Service Planning Area to implement the APS Home Safe Program from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021.
For more information contact APSHomeSafe@wdacs.lacounty.gov
Adult Protective Services (APS)
Adult Protective Services (APS) provides a system of in person response to reports of abuse and self-neglect about developmentally disabled adults, physically and mentally disabled adults, and the elderly who may be victims of abuse.
If you are concerned that someone you care about may be the victim of abuse, don’t be silent. LA County Adult Protective Service team provides a system of in person response, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. REPORT IT NOW!
The Eldercare Locator
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.
The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
Improving Quality of Life For Older Adults
Purposeful Aging LA (PALA)
Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) seeks to prepare the Los Angeles region for a rapidly aging population through an innovative, sustained initiative that unites public and private leadership and strategies. PALA will improve the lives of older adults and Angelenos of all ages.
Aging Mastery Program
Are you an older adult, or know of an older adult, looking to improve your health, finances, and life? The Aging Mastery Program is here to help you live a vibrant lifehe Aging Mastery Program (AMP) consists of core and elective classes that combine evidence-based materials, expert speakers, group discussions, levels of mastery and achievement, and small rewards. The program is for 10 weeks, with each week having a specific topic of discussion. For more information, to sign-up, or to have AMP offered at your center, please contact Guillermo Medina, at GMedinajr@wdacs.lacounty.gov.
Senior and Community Centers
Los Angeles County Community and Senior Centers offer a wide range of services and recreational activities for our local communities including families and older adults. The County’s Senior Centers provide our seniors with services and support to keep them connected to their communities, while maintaining their wellness and independence.
Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V SCSEP)
is designed to provide and promote useful part-time training opportunities in transition to private or other subsidized job placements. Title V SCSEP provides a variety of services. If you are an unemployed senior of age 55 or older, you may be eligible to participate in our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP is designed to provide subsidized part-time work based training opportunities with community service organizations for low income, unemployed older adults. This community service training is provided as a bridge to employment.