Area Office on Aging offers Family Caregiver Support
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 Family 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. The program offers a variety of services including:
• Information to caregivers about available services;
• Assistance in gaining access to services;
• Counseling, support groups and caregiver training;
• Information about respite care.
• 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 Family Caregiver Support Program, call 419-382-0624 or 1-800-472-7277 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com. The Web site offers links to free online education (OCE) at the University of Toledo, Center for Successful Aging on such topics as Staying at Home: Safety vs. Independence, Normal Aging: A Review of the Systems, Community Resources and Substance Abuse in Older Adults. There is also a link to Caregiving Smarts ™, The Resource Guide for Families & Persons Caring for Older Adults.
Access to health info, referrals as easy as 2-1-1
Need help but don’t know where to turn?
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 the region, 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 & 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 of this year, more than 240 million Americans – more than 80 percent of the American population - have access to United Way 2-1-1.
Free counseling available
Families sometimes have questions about the disease process of Alzheimer’s or related memory loss disorders, availability of resources or how to plan for future needs.
Care Consultation is a free service offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and is available to individuals affected by Alzheimer’ disease or related memory loss disorder. Care Consultation is a one-on-one meeting to discuss individualized needs and can be offered in the privacy of an individual’s home, in a neutral setting, or at the Alzheimer’s Association office.
An Alzheimer’s Association staff member can provide education, discuss options for the future, assist family in defining goals, and provide information on available community resources. For further information on this service contact Bob Hausch, LISW, at the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999, or toll free: 1-800-272-3900.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of the brain which destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s can be fatal and today is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
There are more than 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 70 seconds. There are more than 32,000 people in Northwest Ohio with the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter provides an extensive range of caregiver and professional education programs, support groups, a 24-hour Helpline, an Adult Day Center and more. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999 or 800-272-3900, or visit the Chapter’s website at www.alz.org/nwohio.
Senior Resources offers aid for seniors, families & caregivers
Ottawa County Senior Resources offers a variety of services and resources to assist local seniors and their caregivers, including:
• Home-delivered meals, offered to eligible homebound senior in Ottawa County.
• Senior Resources Home Care Program. 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. Our Case Coordinator can 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, including DayBreak, a collaborative effort with Riverview Healthcare Campus, providing adult day services, 5 days a week, where clients can spend the day in a home-like environment to help each individual maintain their optimal level of functioning whether physical, or emotional.
• 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.
• File of Life, a magnetized mini-health history that makes health issues easily accessible to first responders
• Senior directory, 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 senior who wish to participate. Locally, centers are located in Elmore (419-862-3874), Genoa (419-855-4491) and Oak Harbor (419-898-2800).
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.