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PASSPORT Program Supports Individuals Aging in Place

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
by Gwynn Stewart

PASSPORT consumer, Jake Vandall (shown seated) credits her
Quality of Life aide Yvonne Kaiden (standing, center) and her
PASSPORT care manager Lynn Linscott, RN, and Housing
Coordinator Joe Gage, for helping her age in place at home,
where she prefers to be.

Jake Vandall has benefitted from a variety of aging-in-place projects and services helping her remain in her Marietta home, where she prefers to be. After an amputation of her leg, Jake spent some time in a nursing home but high-quality, innovative and person-centered care is helping keep her in the setting she prefers – home!

“They were good to me there, but I’d rather be at home,” she said. Referencing her amputation, she shared “You just have to go on living and here, I have my dog, Benny (who’s been here companion for 15 years).”

Jake is a consumer on Ohio’s PASSPORT program, administered locally by the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8. This is one supportive resource that helps her age-in-place at home. Vandall’s care plan team has a combined total of 67 years of experience in helping people age-in-place at home.

“Her care plan includes in-home services, delivered through Quality of Life home care, that include nursing support, personal care, homemaker services, home-delivered meals and an emergency alert system,” shared Lynn Linscott, AAA8 PASSPORT Care Manager. “She also receives support through a program at Washington-Morgan Community Action that assists with paying her bills.”

PASSPORT and the Housing program at the Buckeye Hills AAA8 also helped coordinate a bathroom remodel for better accessibility and a new handicap ramp easing her ability to do day-to-day activities from a wheelchair.

“I am living the dream to work in a field that gives you this kind of satisfaction where I can help someone acquire the environment they need to be as independent and productive as they wish,” said Housing Coordinator Joe Gage. “This new ramp will help Jake for a long time.” Gage is a certified Aging-in-Place specialist.

The Area Agency on Aging 8 is helping families in the region providing care coordination for eligible seniors 60 years of age and older. Funded through Medicaid, last year PASSPORT allowed about 1,150 seniors in the AAA8 eight-county 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. For individuals not eligible for PASSPORT, the AAA8 also helps with referrals to other home-and-community-based supports and services.

The Area Agency on Aging 8 has certified specialists in information and assistance ready to help caregivers and families connect to services, whether it’s PASSPORT or other community options. Anyone interested in learning more should request a free in-home consultation and details on PASSPORT or Housing services by calling AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644 or by visiting www.areaagency8.org. You can also find AAA8 on Facebook.


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