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PASSPORT and Home Choice Programs Support Independence at Home

Thursday, April 26, 2012
by Gwynn

PASSPORT and Home Choice Programs Support
Independence at Home

Theron McLaughlin is back home, back on his feet and back to telling stories thanks to the support of Ohio’s Home Choice and PASSPORT programs administered by the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8). Several weeks after his seven-month stay in a nursing home, Theron is content to have a small apartment and enjoys his independence.

He spends time working jigsaw puzzles or going for walks. He can do so with support from the PASSPORT home program and with help from his Fosterbridge home health aide, Teresa Rutter.

“She is a cook, a bookkeeper, housekeeper and more,” Theron said of Teresa. “I give her a lot of credit; she keeps this place clean as a whistle.”

The transition from the nursing home to an apartment was made possible by the Ohio Home Choice program that assists folks who are eligible and who want to locate a home and move from a long-term care facility back into the community.

“Transition coordination is the unique aspect of Home Choice,” said Kim Flanigan, Director of the AAA8 Long-Term Care Ombudsman program that oversees Home Choice.  “Through it, the Area Agency on Aging can help give people greater control and connect them to essential community services such as locating housing, setting up a household and more as they transition. Then, a Case Manager helps coordinate all of the support services needed.”

Theron retired to the Mid-Ohio Valley region from serving nearly 40 years in a Children’s Home just outside of New York City. He enjoys going to church at the First Assembly of God in Parkersburg and getting in on a good potluck in his apartment complex.

“Boy, those ladies can sure cook!” he shared. “Since I moved in here I’ve gained some weight.”

PASSPORT is helping individuals in the region providing In-Home care for eligible seniors age 60+. Funded through Medicaid, last year PASSPORT allowed about 1,200 seniors in our region to remain at home for a fraction of the cost of a nursing home placement.  Theron’s annual care plan costs are $21,219 compared to the estimated average Ohio nursing home costs of $60,000.

Anyone interested in learning more should request a free in-home consultation and details on PASSPORT, CHOICES or Assisted Living options by calling AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 or by visiting www.areaagency8.org .You can also find us on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.


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