Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging serves as an advocate and provides program and service assistance on behalf of individuals with disabilities and Veterans. Our Information and Assistance program operates as a “One-Stop- Shop” for resources to access information about public and private programs. The Agency’s primary purpose is to assist older adults in leading independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in their own homes and communities.  Our helpful services include the State Health Insurance Program (S.H.I.P), Veteran Directed Care Program, and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Services.

The Montana “State Health Insurance Assistance Program” (SHIP) provides no cost health-benefits counseling and advocacy for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. When you contact the Area VI Agency on Aging office, our SHIP counselors will meet with you and inform you regarding:

  • Medicare Eligibility, Enrollment and Benefits
  • Medicare Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage) plan comparisons
  • Related types of health insurance benefits
  • Medigap (Supplemental) Insurance
  • Medicare Health Plans
  • Medicare Fraud, Waste and Abuse
  • Long Term Care options and information

Our SHIP counselors work diligently to help navigate through life’s roadblocks to help identify unforeseen circumstances with individuals, family members, and caregivers. Our counselors will work tirelessly to meet the individual’s needs.

Veteran Directed Care (VDC) gives Veterans of all ages the opportunity to receive the Home and Community Based Services they need in a consumer-directed way. This program is for Veterans who need personal care services and help with activities of daily living. This program is also for Veterans who are isolated, or their caregivers are experiencing burden. With the help of a Service Coordinator, Veterans hire their own workers to meet their daily needs to help them live at home or in their community.

The Long- Term Care Ombudsman services advocates for residents’ rights residing in the long- care facility. Area VI Ombudsman help protect the quality of life and quality of care of anybody who lives in a nursing facility or an assisted living facility.

Area VI Agency on Aging, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Agency welcomes donations. Donations are tax deductible under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Together with volunteers and donations we can better assist our most vulnerable and isolated senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Our agency provides services to Lake, Lincoln, Mineral and Sanders Counties, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Idaho, and Washington (The VDC Program). Our goal is to connect community resources and services.

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