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PASSPORT Program Supports Independence at Home

Monday, June 23, 2014
by Gwynn Stewart

At home in his apartment in Woodsfield is where local resident Bob Ault prefers to be. And, the Ohio PASSPORT waiver program, administered locally by the Area Agency on Aging 8, is one supportive resource that helps him stay there.

Bob is from Monroe County, and like many, moved away to find a career. He retired from the Rolling Hills School District. Not long after that, he returned “home” to Monroe County. Bob has a heart of gold for boys. He literally served 50 years, thus the gold, as a Boy Scout leader and volunteer. Bob was honored recently for his years of service. In attendance was his son Robert Bradley who came all the way from Alaska for the occasion.

“During my time with the Scouts, I had the honor of having 34 boys attain Eagle Scout status,” said Bob. “Scouts is a family oriented organization. I got involved with my sons and just stayed involved.” Bob’s time is now focused on his hobbies of collecting coins and reading. You might also find him at the Monroe County Senior Center when he is able.

PASSPORT is helping families in the region providing In-Home care for eligible 60 years of age and older. Funded through Medicaid, last year PASSPORT allowed about 1,200 seniors in the region remain at home for a fraction of the cost of nursing home placement. PASSPORT is designed to promote independence for individuals at home with long-term care needs such as: personal care; home maker services; home medical equipment; respite services; home delivered meals and minor home modifications, to name a few.

“I appreciate the help I get from PASSPORT and the staff at Interim Home Health Care, they have helped me with my leg braces, house cleaning, personal care and my meals,” said Bob. “My case manager is Vicki Bennett and she really cares. I’m not just a number in a program. She is concerned about us and you can tell it.”  Bob also takes advantage of a local program known as RUOK? – a free telephone reassurance program coordinated by the local senior center and housed at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. It provides a daily call to check in on seniors, if they don’t answer an alert is sent to Sheriff’s Office staff to check on them.

Anyone interested in learning more should request a free in-home consultation and details on PASSPORT by calling AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 or by visiting http://www.areaagency8.org/services/passport. You can also find us on Facebook.

“PASSPORT is a support for families and for working caregivers,” said Rick Hindman, AAA8 Director.

“To help caregivers with their challenges and to provide essential resources, the Area Agency on Aging 8 is available. We have staff certified specialists in aging information and assistance ready to help caregivers and families connect to services whether it’s PASSPORT or other community options.”

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