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Elderly and Adults

NHCarePath connects you to aging, disability, and independent living resources within your community

elderly and adults icon What is aging?

Aging is a natural process that occurs at different rates for different people, depending on many internal and external factors. As an aging adult, you may encounter circumstances that cause you to need a caregiver, or you may become a caregiver yourself. Not only do the definitions of old age vary, but there is also a great deal of variance in abilities and lifestyles that can result from the aging process.

What is adult disability?

older adults reading a brochureA disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual. Disabilities can be characterized in different ways, including cognitive, mental/emotional, physical, hearing, vision, and multiple disabilities. Home and community-based services (HCBS) promote independence for people with disabilities to live, work, and play in the community, and may be your first-choice option over institutional and residential services.

Services and Supports for Aging & Adults with a Disability

NHCarePath connects you to resources that can help aging adults live as independently as possible, safely and with dignity. The age requirement for eligibility for many government benefits, from pensions to reduced fare on public transportation, is typically 60 or 65. There are other program opportunities that begin as young as age 55, while commercial enterprises or retirement organizations may offer services to people beginning at age 50. Services and supports include:

  • Adult day services
  • Home care
  • Information about volunteer opportunities
  • Information and assistance regarding Medicare and Medicaid
  • Investigation of reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of incapacitated adults
  • Long-term care nursing home and community-based care
  • Meals on wheels
  • Transportation assistance

The Choices for Independence Program

The Choices for Independence Program (formerly known as the Home and Community-Based Care program for the Elderly and Chronically Ill, or HCBC-ECI) is available for seniors and adults with chronic illnesses who are financially eligible for Medicaid and medically qualify for the level of care provided in nursing facilities.

Administered by the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, the program provides a wide range of service choices that help seniors and adults with chronic illnesses to continue living independently in their own homes and communities.

Protecting Vulnerable Elderly and Adults

Elderly and Adult abuse is the least recognized form of family violence.

If you suspect or believe that you are, or someone else is, being abused, neglected, self-neglecting or exploited, the Adult Protection Law requires that you report this to the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, Adult Protective Services. Sometimes people are unsure if a situation is abusive. Even if you are in doubt, call. BEAS has extensive experience in adult protection. BEAS may find no abuse or neglect has taken place but may still offer assistance to the individual.

You do this by visiting Adult Protective Services on the DHHS website or contact BEAS from 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday at (800) 949-0470 or (603) 271-7014.


To connect to these and other resources, call 1 (866) 634-9412 or view the links below

Who do I contact?

Please note that programs may have varying eligibility requirements. Please contact those listed below for more information.

ServiceLink Aging and Disability Resource Center

A major partnership between BEAS and local communities is the ServiceLink Resource Centers, a statewide network of community-based resources for seniors, adults living with disabilities and their families. The ServiceLink Resource Centers are available to anyone who needs assistance, advice, help finding services or support with an issue relating to a senior member or disabled adult living in our community. ServiceLink partners promote the independence and well-being of the people they serve at thirteen primary locations and many satellites throughout NH.

Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services

The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability.

BEAS staff are located throughout NH at DHHS District Offices, and through community based provider contracts for ServiceLink Resource Centers. Staff coordinate services to seniors and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses who meet certain eligibility criteria. BEAS also has a main office, located in Concord, responsible for administrative support and general program and financial planning.

NH Division of Client Services

Contact the NH Division of Client Services to learn about the programs and services they administer to eligible residents. The Division can help with financial, medical, food & nutritional assistance, child care costs and emergency help to obtain and keep safe housing.

Granite State Independent Living

Granite State Independent Living logoGSIL is New Hampshire’s only Center for Independent Living, we stay close to our roots with a focus on our 4 core services of education, information, advocacy and support for seniors and people with disabilities. We are able to speak and think with authority on behalf of the people we serve and support because we are led by a board of directors and staff of which over 51% are people with disabilities.

Adult Protective Services

Other Resources

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