Almost 13% of Texans — 3.7 million people — are age 65 and older, and the number is growing. It is projected that by 2050, Texans age 65 and older will increase to 8.3 million, representing 17% of the state’s population. This growth likely means there will also be an increase in the need for all types of health and human services, such as health care, home care, personal care and long-term care.
Texas Health and Human Services provides a range of services for older Texans to help ensure their well-being, dignity and choices. Programs also are in place to support family caregivers.
Experienced HHS staff and paid contractors can help eligible older Texans access services that:
- Create opportunities to live independently in their own homes.
- Provide information about state and federal benefits and legal rights.
- Give family caregivers the tools to do their job.
- Provide access to meals at home or in group settings.
- Identify assisted living facility care, daytime programs or nursing home services that they may qualify for.
- Advocate for people who live in assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
- Guide people to the right long-term care services.
Some programs, such as those provided by local area agencies on aging, are available to everyone who is age 60 or older. However, other services, such as in-home care or nursing home care, are based on income and resources.
To learn more, review the list of all HHS long-term programs and services, then access the easy-to-use search function to find your local HHS office, aging and disability resource center, area agency on aging or local authority. You can also visit yourtexasbenefits.com to find out about available services and to apply for benefits.
If you are unsure how HHS can help, call 855-937-2372 to talk to a trained professional who will guide you to the right options to help meet your needs.
Programs for Older Texans
Eligible older Texans may qualify for federal and state programs that pay benefits, pay health care costs or provide food. If you want to sign up for one of these programs, visit the websites below to find out if you might be eligible or to apply for benefits.
- Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people who are older or who have disabilities. Each state has its own rules about who’s eligible and what Medicaid covers. Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. To find out if you might be eligible for Medicaid in Texas, visit yourtexasbenefits.com .
- Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. People younger than age 65 with certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure can also qualify for Medicare. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.
- Social Security pays a monthly benefit to older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. When you retire, your Social Security payment is based on your average earnings over your working career. If you are disabled, your benefit is based on the amount of income on which you’ve paid Social Security taxes.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Some of your income and your resources, including your house and your car, are not counted when deciding whether you’re eligible for SSI.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as food stamps) allows millions of Americans to buy nutritious food at their local grocery stores. It is available for both low-income single people and families. To find out if you might be eligible for SNAP, visit the Your Texas Benefits website. Households in which all members are either older adults (age 60 and older) or people with disabilities are eligible to participate in the Texas Simplified Application Project (TSAP), which makes the SNAP application process easier and provides three years of benefits at a time instead of six months.