2-1-1 service offers access to health information and referrals
Residents of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Hancock and Erie counties may obtain free, 24 hour a day access to confidential referrals to health and social services and information about volunteer opportunities by calling United Way 2-1-1.
Within Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Hancock and Erie counties, there are literally thousands of phone numbers for health and social service programs, donation clearinghouses, government offices, educational systems, and neighborhood groups.
United Way 2-1-1 enables people to dial an easy-to-remember, three-digit number to get connected to the help they need when they need it. By simply dialing 2-1-1 people are connected to trained and knowledgeable information and referral specialists with access to accurate and up-to-date information. United Way Volunteer Center is also part of United Way 2-1-1. People interested in community service can match their volunteer interests with nearly 300 community partners.
People using cell or pay phones can access United Way 2-1-1 by calling 1-800-650-HELP. Information and referral and volunteer matching resources may also be accessed online at www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the telephone number 2-1-1 be designated nationwide as the number to call for access to non-emergency information on health and human services. As of April 2009 more than 240 million Americans – more than 80 percent of the American population - have access to United Way 2-1-1.
Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs, are the main providers of long-term care for older persons in northwestern Ohio, according to the Area Office on Aging Northwestern Ohio, which provides services to a 10-county region including Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.
The AOoA’s Caregiver Support Program, which is funded by the Older American Act Amendments of 2000, recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. Under this program five basic services are available:
• Information to caregivers about available services;
• Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services;
• Counseling, support groups and caregiver training;
• Information about respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities;
• Supplemental services to complement the care provided by family caregivers.
Some services, such as in-home care, an overnight stay in a facility, transportation or equipment may have a co-pay based on the income of the person that you are caring for. No one is denied services for an inability to pay.
For more information about the AOoA’s Caregiver Support Program, call 419-382-0624, 1-800-472-7277 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com and click on “Caregiver Support.”
The Social Services Department of the Wood County Committee on Aging (Senior Center), 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green, offers individual support. Contact Jan Schneider, R.N. at 1-800-367-4935 for an appointment or consultation.
Stay safe at home
A “Safety in the Home” program will be offered at the Northeast Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge July 16 at 12:30 p.m.
Guest speaker Cindy Babcock, director of rehabilitation at Perrysburg Care and Rehabilitation Center, will discuss home safety hazards and ways to prevent needless injuries in your home. For more information, call 419-287-4109.
Bereavement camp offered for kids
Hospice of Memorial Hospital in Fremont will sponsor its fourth year of Camp Fearless from June 23 through June 26 at the Fremont Recreational Center.
The camp is designed to support children and youth in mourning the loss of a loved one and assist them with the grieving process. Since young people grieve differently from adults, this camp gives them the opportunity to express how they feel about the death of their loved one in a safe environment with concerned and trained staff.
Activities are created so children and youth attending the camp can reflect on the experience in a positive light. Each day will include craft activities, lunch and snacks and on Friday there will be pizza, swimming and wall climbing.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day and is open to the public at no charge. Registration is required.
For more information, call Yvonne Matus at 800-413-1555. To learn more about the services and programs offered by Memorial Health Care System, visit www.memorialhcs.org.
Alzheimer’s Assn. offers in-home services
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new program that brings trained Association staff to the homes of persons who have memory loss problems to work with them and their caregivers on gentle, fun exercises to improve strength and flexibility.
Caregivers will also receive education and help with problem solving related to caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
The is no charge for the services. The program is offered in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Aging and Benjamin Rose Institute.
Call Salli Bollin at 419-537-1999 for more information.
Finding the blessings in caregiving
Are you tending to the everyday needs of someone who is frail or debilitated?
Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in connection with the Area Office on Aging and St. Paul Trinity United Methodist Church in Elmore, will present a program series, “Caring for the Caregiver – Finding the Blessings,” July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, located at 340 Toledo St.
Participants will learn how to:
• Cope with changes, losses and life transitions;
• Say what is important to friends and family;
• Explore the spiritual aspects of caregiving;
• Create positive caregiving experiences;
• Talk about end-of-life care and make important decisions;
• Know what to expect as caregiving becomes more complex;
• Plan for their future.
RSVP to Roberta Glascal at 419-862-2639 or 419-216-2984. To learn about class activities, call workshop facilitator RoseAnn Wernert, RN, BSN at 419-661-4001.
Hospice also offers a wide range of grief support programs for children and adults throughout the year. Visit www.hospicenwo.org or call 419-661-4001for up-to-date information.
Walk With Us support group meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. at New Harvest Church, 3540 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The program is open to all who grieve the death of a loved one. (This is not a social or religious group.)
Walk in or call Judy Hoeflinger at 419-691-9750 for more information.
Senior Resources offers variety of services
Ottawa County Senior Resources offers a variety of services and resources to assist local seniors and their caregivers, including:
• Home-delivered meals, offered to any homebound senior in Ottawa County.
• Senior Resources partners with the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio to provide the OPTIONS for Independence Program throughout Ottawa County. The program is available to anyone age 60 years of age or older who is living in a home setting and needs assistance in order to remain safely at home. Care coordinators provide information about service options in Ottawa County; help choose the services that are best for each unique situation, and link seniors and their caregivers to these services.
• Alzheimer’s daycare and respite care services.
• Healthcare, including 60+ Clinics, free routine health screenings offered monthly at seven sites across the county.
• Transportation through Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA).
• The Ottawa County Senior Activity Committee established for the social and recreational needs of seniors.
• Project Lifesaver, in partnership with the sheriff’s department to provide wristband detection systems for those in need.
• Drug repository, in partnership with Erie County’s “Serving our Seniors” to offer surplus medications to individual who otherwise could not afford these medications.
• File of Life, a magnetized mini-health history that makes health issues easily accessible to first responders (co-sponsored by the Kiwanis of Ottawa County).
• 911 Cell Phones for Seniors, providing 911service only for seniors who need to have a sense of security when not in the home.
• Senior director, in conjunction with Magruder Hospital, providing listing of services specific to the need of the senior community.
• Lawn care initiative, providing information on companies offering lawn care services for seniors, some at discount or reduced rate
• Medicare Part D assistance, which offers help in identifying Part D plans for “new” seniors as well as those needing to compare plans to best fit his or her needs.
Senior centers also offer hot nutritional meals and social, recreational and educational events to any seniors who wish to participate. Locally, centers are located in Elmore (419-862-3874), Genoa (419-855-4491) and Oak Harbor (419-898-2800).