Not only do many older Vermonters need physical supports to help them remain independent and at home, but many also benefit from mental health supports. Often older Vermonters suffer from depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorder, among other diagnoses, as they face the aging process. Eldercare Clinicians are certified mental health counselors who provide clinical assessment, treatment and referrals for older Vermonters who cannot go to a mental health office due to physical, emotional, or psychological barriers. This program is a collaboration between Vermont’s Area Agencies on Aging and Designated Mental Health Agencies, and is jointly overseen at the state level by Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Department of Mental Health. To find out more about the Eldercare Clinician Program in your community, call the Vermont Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
Eldercare Clinician Program Manual