North Dakota Department of Human Services - Aging Services Division
The North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, administers programs
and services that enhance the ability of older individuals and individuals with physical disabilities to
maintain as much independence as possible and remain in their own homes and communities.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Nutrition Services Program – A program that provides meals and related nutrition services in
congregate and home-delivered meal settings. Services include:
• Congregate Meals - Healthy meals for an older individual who will be eating in a group setting.
• Home-Delivered Meals - Healthy meals for an older individual who is homebound and/or unable
to eat at a congregate site.
• Nutrition Screening - National initiative to determine nutritional risk.
• Nutrition Counseling - Counseling provided by a licensed registered dietitian for a person who
is at nutritional risk.
• Nutrition Education - Information related to the improvement of health and nutritional well-being.
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – A program that offers part-time
employment and training opportunities for older individuals with the goal of transitioning into
Senior Companion Program – A program that offers periodic companionship and non-medical
support by volunteers (who receive a stipend) to an older individual that needs assistance and resides on an Indian Reservation or Indian Service Area.
Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program – State-funded program that provides
specialized telecommunications equipment to communications-impaired individuals.
Vulnerable Adult Protective Services (VAPS) Program – A program that provides evaluation of
alleged abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation; assessment; and referral or arrangement for
provision of services if the vulnerable adult accepts/consents to services.
Family Caregiver Support Program – A program that offers services for family caregivers and
grandparents, or for older individuals that are relative caregivers. Services include information to
caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services; individual counseling, organization of support groups, and training to assist caregivers in making decisions, solving problems relating to their caregiving roles, and improving caregiver skills; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services to complement the care provided by the caregivers.
Health Maintenance Services Program – A program that provides services to assess and maintain
the health and well-being of older individuals. Services include blood pressure/pulse/rapid inspection, foot care, home visits and medication set-up.
Legal Assistance Services Program – A program that provides legal advice and representation
provided by an attorney to older individuals with economic or social needs.
Local Contact Agency (LCA) Activities – Assistance provided by the North Dakota Department
of Human Services to nursing facility residents in their discharge planning goals by promoting
information exchange between nursing homes, LCAs and community-based long-term care providers.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – A program that identifies, investigates and resolves
complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities and tenants of assisted living facilities, working to protect their health, safety, welfare and rights. Community volunteer Ombudsmen provide an ongoing presence in assigned facilities.
North Dakota Aging & Disability Resource-LINK – Access to in-home and other services through
a nationwide toll-free number at 1-855-GO2LINK (1-855-462-5465) or through the ND Relay TTY at
1-800-366-6888. Information can also be accessed online at www.carechoice.nd.gov or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on available North Dakota services:
Aging and Disability Resource-LINK
(toll free) 1.855.GO2LINK (1.855.462.5465) or 701.328.4649